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Monday, March 27, 2017

Water Institute members receive funding from the Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

Interdisciplinary approaches are key when investigating potential impacts from climate change on human, economic and environmental systems. Unexpected changes to the quantity and quality of water available to local communities and environments can have wide-ranging effects, including impacting public health, environmental resilience, and agricultural and food security. Four Water Institute researchers were recently awarded funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program to build institutional capacity in select Commonwealth countries to address linkage

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Water Institute brings AquaHacking to the Waterloo region

During World Water Day celebrations on March 22, the Water Institute and the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation announced an exciting three-year partnership that will combine water expertise and technology to help mitigate the threats facing our Great Lakes.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Interview with Joan Rose, winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize

Joan Rose

Dr. Joan Rose – winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize – is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety at Michigan State University. Professor Rose and her team, whom she calls “water detectives,” investigate waterborne disease outbreaks globally to determine how they can be stopped, and prevented. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

An inside look at the Collaborative Water Program

Collaborative Water Program student, Danielle Lindamood, was accepted into the "Water Innovation Lab - India" program in the fall of 2016. It brought together 35 students and water practitioners from around the world for a two-week field experience in locations around India. The Water Institute was pleased to help fund part of Danielle’s trip where she spent two weeks overseas exploring different water problems and contexts, and presenting innovative ideas for solutions.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Three Water Institute members receive over $1.8 million for water-related research projects

Congratulations to Water Institute members Philippe Van Cappellen, Norman Zhou and Sherry Schiff, three of the five Waterloo researchers to recently receive a combined total of $3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 

The researchers and their water-related projects are:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Water Institute signs Memorandum of Understanding with CRAES to advance research in water management

CRAES Signing

Yesterday, Waterloo’s Water Institute and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU formalizes the commitment to continue collaboration between China’s largest environmental research institute and the Water Institute in water management research, education and training.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Local solution to a global flooding problem

Water Institute member and architecture professor, Elizabeth English, is leading a team of Waterloo School of Architecture researchers who want to build a floating pavilion in a flood zone of the Grand River.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Qatar University and United Arab Emirates University partner with University of Waterloo to study fate and transport of petroleum pollutants in groundwater

Qatar Skyline

Four researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are the co-recipients of a $672,000 USD grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to study the fate of groundwater pollutants in arid regions.

The Waterloo team, all members of the Water Institute, are part of a consortium including researchers from Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, Utrecht University, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fort McMurray seeing big spike in water-treatment costs, Monica Emelko comments

CBC News recently featured a story on the rising cost of providing clean drinking water to Fort McMurray after the 2016 wildfire. The city's water treatment plant is spending more on food-grade chemicals to remove burnt forest-floor ash that's flushing into the municipality's drinking water supply.

Water Institute member Monica Emelko has been working with the province and the municipality since day one to monitor the wildfire's impact on the Athabasca River.

The story includes an interview by Emelko an, Associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and her team. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Homeowners ill-informed about flood compensation, Blair Feltmate head of Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation comments

CBC News recently featured a story on the lack of awareness among Canadian homeowners about flood compensation. An internal poll commissioned for Public Safety Canada, revealed that 40 per cent of respondents believe the federal government will provide compensation to homeowners if there's major overland flooding.

The story includes comments by Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development.