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Friday, November 17, 2017

Rebecca Rooney organizes workshop to tackle invasive species

Phragmites

Rebecca Rooney, Water Institute member and professor in the Department of Biology, studies wetlands ecology. Her work supports the implementation of invasive species management and the protection of species at risk. Currently, Rooney is exploring the interactions between invasive species and species at risk, especially Phragmites australis, which is considered one of the greatest dangers to coastal marshes.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Water Institute members receive funding for social sciences and humanities research

Three Water Institute members will receive funding to advance research and encourage partnerships that will lead to innovative approaches that improve the well-being of Canadians.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is awarding the funding through Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, and Partnership Development Grants.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Blaire Feltmate comments on the growing threat of basement flooding

water institute members in the media

Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, was the guest speaker at a municipality information session in Lakeshore to inform residents on how to prevent future flooding by taking advantage of the backwater valve subsidy program. Feltmate spoke on the growing threat of basement flooding.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Artificial sweeteners in groundwater indicate contamination from septic wastewater

Groundwater testing kit

Waterloo researchers have found that more than 30 per cent of rural groundwater samples collected in the Nottawasaga River Watershed, including those from domestic wells, show evidence for contamination by local septic system wastewater.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christine Dow awarded NSERC Canada Research Chair in Glacier Hydrology and Ice Dynamics 

Christine Dow and colleagues on top of glacier

Water Institute member Christine Dow, assistant professor in Waterloo’s Department of Geography and Environmental Management, was awarded an NSERC Canada Research Chair in Glacier Hydrology and Ice Dynamics. The appointment is valued at $500,000 over five years.

Dow’s research interests are focused on the development of subglacial hydrological networks and their impact on ice dynamics on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. She analyzes these systems using a combination of numerical modelling methods and data integration.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Maclean's names Waterloo Canada's most innovative university for 26th consecutive year

University of Waterloo sign

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university, according to a reputational survey from Maclean’s magazine.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Second Sino-Canada Water Environment Workshop leads to further collaboration between Water Institute and CRAES

CRAES delegates at workshop

In late September, a delegation of 12 researchers from the Water Institute participated in the second Sino-Canadian Water Environment Workshop in Waterloo with officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES).

The first workshop, which took place in Hangzhou, China in May 2015, resulted in the adoption of the 2015-2017 China-Canada Bilateral Workplan which identified CRAES and the Water Institute as respective Chinese and Canadian lead contact agencies under the water management theme.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Water Institute researcher tackles problems facing wastewater treatment plants

Wayne Parker with graduate student in classroom

Beating the cold has taken on new meaning for University of Waterloo researchers who are working to help Canadian wastewater treatment plants become more environmentally sustainable.

One of the research group’s projects involves a problem at a plant in the southern Ontario community of Keswick that is subject to stringent discharge limits.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardest

This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand.

The following story was co-authored by Water Institute member Jeremy Pittman, assistant professor in Waterloo's School of Planning, and originally appeared in The Conversation Canada.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo faculties for a unique learning opportunity

Students electrofishing in Grand River

For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed. Bringing together graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties, the CWP provides a unique interdisciplinary learning environment for future water leaders.