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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Millions of lakes right in our backyard serve as windows into Earth’s origins

Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today.

The Boreal Shield is the the largest of Canada’s 15 terrestrial ecozones, where boreal forests overlap the Canadian Shield. It stretches almost 4,000 kilometres from Newfoundland to Alberta. The millions of lakes that stud the Boreal Shield may offer clues into how ancient microorganisms might have shaped atmospheric and geological conditions on Earth.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes

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Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo's Water Institute have found.

In a recent study, engineering researchers at Waterloo found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Collaborative Water student pays it forward by sponsoring essay competition in Philippines

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The following story was written by Sylvie Spraakman, an EIT working on researching and implementing low-impact development for stormwater management systems. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Water Institute researcher measures the effects of waste water on the metabolism of fish

Sewage-contaminated water is even more harmful for aquatic life than previously thought, according to researchers in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Biology. Paul Craig, Water Institute member and assistant professor in the Department of Biology, and his research team are the first to examine the effects of the bacterial necrobiome on fish exposed to wastewater.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Conserving wetlands could save Canadians millions in flood damage


Leaving wetlands in their natural state could reduce the financial costs of flooding by nearly 40 per cent, according to a report from the University of Waterloo.

Researchers at Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation found that avoiding wetland loss could lead to substantial savings for Canadian communities that experience flooding.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Position available for Postdoctoral researcher for Global Water Futures project

Researchers leading the Agricultural Water Futures in Canada: Stressors and Solutions, a newly funded Global Water Futures (GWF) project, are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) to provide social science research support.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The flooding and the damage done, Blair Feltmate comments

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Heavy rainfall and record-setting water levels in the Great Lakes led to widespread flooding across Ontario this year. Now the waters are retreating, and soaked communities across the province are starting to count their losses. But how do you put a price on the damage?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

PhD Biology position available for a Global Water Futures-funded environmental genomics project

The laboratories of Barb Katzenback and Paul Craig at the University of Waterloo, are seeking a PhD student for a Global Water Futures-funded environmental genomics research project: "Next generation solutions to ensure healthy water resources for future generations."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Water Institute member Peter Huck comments on Canada's drinking water advisories

Water Institute members in the media

As Canada spends a half-billion dollars celebrating its 150th year since confederation, it appears more than 150 drinking water advisories still exist, most of them in First Nations communities.

Friday, June 30, 2017

University of Waterloo students make a big splash in the 2017 AquaHacking semi-finals

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The AquaHacking 2017 semi-final competition unfolded last week at CIGI. By the end of the evening, five teams were chosen to move on to the final competition at Waterloo on September 13. It was a difficult decision for the five judges, as all 17 teams that competed offered innovative ideas that tackled the challenges and opportunities facing Lake Erie.