News archive - November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Contributions to environmental toxicology earn Servos SETAC Fellowship

mark servos in river

Professor Mark Servos has been appointed a new Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), in recognition of his leadership within professional and scientific spheres, and within the organization itself. With this award he will now have the opportunity to contribute his expertise on the impacts of contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals and endocrine disruptors, on watersheds as an advisor to the SETAC World Council.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Water Institute and São Paulo partner to address the State’s water crisis

sao paulo skyline

The State of São Paulo, Brazil has faced severe water shortages in the recent past and may be heading towards another water crisis. During this time, the Water Institute has partnered with local stakeholders to help investigate some of the most important aspects of water security in São Paulo, and new and fortified partnerships are driving these initiatives forward.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Too small to fail: how modest changes can save millions in flood damage

blair feltmate

Professor and Water Institute member Blair Feltmate says simple changes like adding curbs and water sensors can potentially save lives

When extreme weather hits Canada you can count on several things appearing in the media. Images of swollen rivers, flooded homes, brave first-responders, and University of Waterloo researcher Blair Feltmate clearly and passionately articulating the very real threat our communities face from climate change.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Economics students participate in experiential learning at wastewater treatment plant

students at wastewater treatment plant

Last year Waterloo's Department of Economics launched a new graduate and undergraduate elective course on Water Resources Economics (ECON 484/673). The course was developed and taught by Economics professor and executive director of the Water Institute, Roy Brouwer. Although water is often an applied topic in environmental or resource economics courses, offering water resources economics as a full academic course is relatively new.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In the media: Removing biggest fish from N.W.T. lakes may reduce toxic mercury risk, researchers say

water institute members in the media button

This article was written by Michael Hugall for CBC News 

Researchers aim to limit the amount of mercury in the ecosystem in the Northwest Territories by removing contaminated fish from lakes, leaving young, healthy fish to grow mercury-free.  

The University of Waterloo, Environment Canada and the Dehcho First Nations are leading this work, dubbing Sanguez Lake, near Jean Marie River, N.W.T. as the test site for the project.  

Heidi Swanson, the lead researcher and assistant professor at the University of Waterloo, said older fish usually have a higher concentration of mercury and isolating them could help lower the overall mercury levels in the ecosystem.

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