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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waterloo graduates take on Lake Erie's algal blooms


 Jill Crumb, Sylvie Spraakman and Nicole McLellan,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hyung-Sool Lee examines anaerobic oxidation of methane in new publication

The impact of methane gas on climate change is growing as warmer temperatures accelerate microbial methane emissions in nature. Water Institute member Hyung-Sool Lee, an associate professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is discovering innovative ways to deal with this problem. His recent publication, “Kinetic study on anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to denitrification,” offers new ideas about how to mitigate atmospheric methane efflux through anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Climate change is transforming Europe's floods, Water Institute member comments

A massive survey of European waters has found that across the continent, climate change has caused flood times to shift — sometimes by several weeks.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from a $4.4M collaboration

With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Millions of lakes right in our backyard serve as windows into Earth’s origins

Countless lakes in Canada and elsewhere may offer some important insights into how life on Earth began and may also help us grapple with the pressing environmental issues facing the planet today.

The Boreal Shield is the largest of Canada’s 15 terrestrial ecozones, where boreal forests overlap the Canadian Shield. It stretches almost 4,000 kilometres from Newfoundland to Alberta. The millions of lakes that stud the Boreal Shield may offer clues into how ancient microorganisms might have shaped atmospheric and geological conditions on Earth.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes

wetland banner

Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo's Water Institute have found.

In a recent study, engineering researchers at Waterloo found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Collaborative Water student pays it forward by sponsoring essay competition in Philippines

Maricor Arlos

The following story was written by Sylvie Spraakman, an EIT working on researching and implementing low-impact development for stormwater management systems.