News archive - August 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Global Water Futures HQP shares her research on legacy phosphorus in Lake Erie

lake erie algal bloom

Since the 1960s, eutrophication has been a critical problem in Lake Erie. High phosphorus concentrations in lake water are considered to be one of the major drivers that causes eutrophication leading to an overgrowth of algae. After the restriction of phosphorus use in household products, and upgrades of wastewater treatment plants, eutrophication was absent in the lake from 1980 to the mid-1990s.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Grand Expressions: Bringing Indigenous youth voices to THEMUSEUM

Indigenous youth creating pieces during the art camp on February 15, 2020

In July of 2018, a discussion between Paul General, then-Wildlife Manager at Six Nations of the Grand River, and Elaine Ho, PhD Candidate in Waterloo’s Social and Ecological Sustainability program and Collaborative Water Program, resulted in the idea to engage the Six Nations community through the arts.  Elaine then worked with co-creator Richelle Miller, Coordinator of Music for the Spirit and Indigenous Visual Arts, to develop the Grand Expressions exhibit - a project to capture the perspectives of Indigenous youth in a cultu

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Neil Thomson recognized for outstanding contributions to the National Ground Water Association

Water Institute member Neil Thomson, a professor in Waterloo's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been awarded the 2020 Keith E Anderson Award for scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

CRC Maria Strack gets more funding for peatlands research

maria strack

Congratulations to Water Institute member and Canada Research Chair in Ecosystems and Climate Maria Strack from Geography and Environmental Management who has had her NSERC Tier 2 funding renewed at $100,000 over five years.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Outdoor watering restrictions only work in hottest, driest weather

sprinkler

Municipal bylaws that limit when residents are permitted to water lawns and gardens every summer effectively reduce consumption only during particularly hot, dry periods, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo analyzed more than a decade of data from 10 mid-sized Canadian cities that restrict outdoor water use and compared them with five cities that don’t impose limits.

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