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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowly

runoff of soil fertilzer

Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Behind the scenes at World Water Week: Shaping solutions to global water challenges

Sabrina Li at World Water Week

The following story was written by Sabrina Li, water student and MSc Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.

Friday, September 15, 2017

An important process fueling harmful algal blooms investigated in Canadian water bodies

lake with algae on it

For many Canadians, summer time means time at the lake, swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxing. Nothing can spoil this experience like blue-green mats of muck, caused by algal blooms. These blooms negatively affect not only recreational activities – but also put drinking water source, property values, wildlife, and human health at risk. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that the nutrient phosphorus caused algal blooms, which led to new regulations and improved sewage treatment. Nevertheless, blooms continue to plague many Canadian lakes.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Royal Society of Canada elects David Blowes as new Fellow

David Blowes

The Water Institute is thrilled to announce that David Blowes, professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.