Thursday, August 6, 2020

Canada’s grade on flood preparedness: C

Canada’s provinces and territories received a grade of C on flood preparedness, as determined following a two-year national study completed in 2019.

The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo interviewed 139 provincial and territorial government representatives responsible for managing floods, climate-related risks and emergency services from across all regions of Canada to calculate the grade.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Water Institute students launch Water Researchers of Colour database

A new initiative launched by two Water Institute students seeks to raise awareness and celebrate people of colour in water-related disciplines. The creators kindly provided the following information on their important initiative.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Vanier Scholarship winner works with Kugluktuk, Nunavut community to create a sustainable fish supply

Spencer Weinstein and Kugluktuk, Nunavut community member in fishing boat

Spencer Weinstein, PhD student in the Collaborative Water Program and Waterloo’s Department of Biology, has won the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for academic excellence, research potential, and leadership.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Dave Rudolph wins the 2020 Robert N. Farvolden Award

Water Institute member Dave Rudolph, Chair and a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Robert N.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In the media: Experts weigh in on current flood risk measures

Insurance and environmental experts believe that more needs to be done in order to counter the rising risk of flooding across Canada.

According to a study published in June by researchers at Environment and Climate Change Canada, climate change has made rainfall more severe in recent years, and has also made storms with extreme rainfall more frequent.

One of the methods provincial governments have used to address the rising risk of flooding is by offering to buy out properties from homeowners living in high flood risk areas.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lake Futures webinar series launch

Lake Futures, a University of Waterloo-led project under the Global Water Futures program, has announced the launch of a new webinar series. This series will be an opportunity for the non-academic community to engage with Lake Futures researchers, as they share their latest findings and discuss implications for water policies, programs, and plans in Ontario.

Monday, July 13, 2020

In the media: Scientists surprised at Fort McMurray fire's long-term impact on rivers

Water Institute member Monica Emelko, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, comments on her research on Fort McMurray's water supply in an article written by Bob Weber for CBC News. 

In May 2016, the Fort McMurray wildfire swept through nearly 6,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in northern Alberta. Fort McMurray lost 2,400 buildings, and 88,000 people were forced from their homes.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Mary Wells welcomed as new Dean of Engineering

Mary Wells

After three years as the University of Guelph’s Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mary Wells has returned to the University of Waterloo to serve as the new Dean of Engineering.

Starting July 1st, she began her five-year appointment and will be Waterloo Engineering's ninth dean, the second woman to hold the post succeeding Pearl Sullivan, and interim dean Rick Culham.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Postdoc award will help advance water treatment work

Daniel Grégoire, a Waterloo chemical engineering researcher, has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his research on the effects of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems.

The fellowship will provide Grégoire $70,000 annually for two years.

“Ultimately, I want to use my expertise to develop sustainable water treatment strategies that limit the environmental impacts of industrial activity,” he says on his LinkedIn page.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Environmental organizations should engage with kids where they are: online

Children on beach

A University of Waterloo press release.

The emotional connection to nature that kids feel is declining with each generation thanks in large part to their increasing use of digital media. Instead of trying to fight this trend, known as Videophilia, researchers say it’s time to use it to help kids find their way back to nature.

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