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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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blair Feltmate talks to Global News about protecting Canadian homes after Hurricane Harvey's aftermath

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Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, told Global news that many homeowners in Harvey’s path of destruction do not have flood insurance and when families return home they will be forced to pay out-of-pocket or take on more debt for the necessary repairs.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Researchers defining phosphorus movement in Ontario soils

researchers in farm field

Three short huts with solar panels on them sprout in Bob McIntosh’s wheat field near St. Marys, Ont.

Inside the huts are monitoring equipment that goes right to the tiles that systemically move water from his farm. His farm is one of six across Ontario with the monitoring equipment that allows University of Waterloo researchers to study how water, and especially the phosphorus in it, flows off of farms.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Blair Feltmate named chair of Government of Canada expert panel on adapting to climate change

Blair Feltmate

Taking action to adapt to climate change will help protect the health, well-being, and prosperity of Canadians and manage risks to communities, businesses, and ecosystems. Preparing for the effects of climate change before they happen will make our communities stronger and healthier for this generation and the next. That’s why the Government of Canada is making significant investments to help communities build their resilience to climate change as a key part of our plan to address climate change.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Innovation in the blue economy: An interview with professor Quentin Grafton

Quentin Grafton

 Quentin Grafton is a professor of economics and director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is also the director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network, and in April 2010, he was appointed the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Water Institute will host Elsevier's 4th International Water Research Conference

International Water Research Conference banner

Since its inception in 1957, the University of Waterloo has promoted excellence in water-related research and education. In 2009, the Water Institute was established to promote and demonstrate interdisciplinary water research and education, strengthen partnerships with leading water organizations, and communicate the impact of Waterloo’s research. During the second week of September, to kick off University of Waterloo’s Innovation week, the Water Institute will build on its foundation to promote water research by hosting Elsevier’s International Water Research Conference.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Civil and Environmental Engineering sweep at the American Water Works Association awards

Two of University of Waterloo’s graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, both supervised by Water Institute member Monica Emelko, were recognized this summer by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for their research. Gemma Charlebois and Andrew Wong are the first and second place recipients, respectively, of the 2017 Academic Achievement Awards for best Master’s thesis.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Water Institute researcher says it can take up to 35 years to see the effect of pollution reduction in water

water institute members in the media

Water Institute member, Nandita Basu reports that while efforts to reduce water pollution from fertilizers have increased, Canadians will have to wait decades to see the actual results.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Water Institute researcher talks to CBC news about Syncrude's reclamation experiment

water institute members in the media

Half a decade ago, Syncrude had no idea whether a frozen slice of wetland, revealing centuries-old layers of peat and soil, would thrive after being transplanted to a former oilsands mine in order to regrow.

Water Institute researcher, Jonathan Price, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, comments: