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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rising sea temperatures will hit fisheries and communities in poor countries the hardest

This wood tower on Bikeman islet, in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati, used to be on the sand.

The following story was co-authored by Water Institute member Jeremy Pittman, assistant professor in Waterloo's School of Planning, and originally appeared in The Conversation Canada.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Graduate program brings together students from all six Waterloo faculties for a unique learning opportunity

Students electrofishing in Grand River

For one week in September, graduate students in the Collaborative Water Program (CWP) step outside of the classroom and gain hands-on learning experience from local water experts and community members in the Grand River Watershed. Bringing together graduate students from all six University of Waterloo faculties, the CWP provides a unique interdisciplinary learning environment for future water leaders.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What can cities do to go "blue"? Elizabeth English comments

water institute members in the media

In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Two Water Institute members represent Waterloo at the 8th IWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exhibition 

Wayne Parker

Two Water Institute members recently attended, and participated in, the 8th IWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exhibition (IWA-MTC) for Water and Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Singapore. The 8th IWA-MTC brought together scientists and application engineers, providing a unique platform for professionals in the membrane community to connect and exchange knowledge.

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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

water institute members in the media

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.