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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waterloo graduates take on Lake Erie's algal blooms

 Jill Crumb, Sylvie Spraakman and Nicole McLellan,

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Research spotlight on Water Institute member and Collaborative Water Program student

wetland landscape in the Prairie Pothole Region of the northern Great Plains

A research publication by Water Institute member Nandita Basu and Collaborative Water Program student, Fred Cheng, was recently featured in EOS after the American Geophysical Union wrote a Research Spotlight on it. We've provided the text, written by freelance writer Sarah Witman, below.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Women of the Collaborative Water Program are stemming the plastic tide in Lake Erie

Team PolyGone

Microplastics contribute an estimated 10,000 metric tons of plastic debris that end up in our Great Lakes every year. These tiny particles of plastic, less than five millimeters in size, can come from things like hand soap, toothpaste, makeup, and even clothing. They are particularly concerning, because their small size and buoyancy allow a number of them to slip through water treatment filters, making their way into our waterways and food chain.

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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

AquaHacking semi final competitors

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.