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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Local solution to a global flooding problem

Water Institute member and architecture professor, Elizabeth English, is leading a team of Waterloo School of Architecture researchers who want to build a floating pavilion in a flood zone of the Grand River.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Qatar University and United Arab Emirates University partner with University of Waterloo to study fate and transport of petroleum pollutants in groundwater

Qatar Skyline

Four researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are the co-recipients of a $672,000 USD grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to study the fate of groundwater pollutants in arid regions.

The Waterloo team, all members of the Water Institute, are part of a consortium including researchers from Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, Utrecht University, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fort McMurray seeing big spike in water-treatment costs, Monica Emelko comments

CBC News recently featured a story on the rising cost of providing clean drinking water to Fort McMurray after the 2016 wildfire. The city's water treatment plant is spending more on food-grade chemicals to remove burnt forest-floor ash that's flushing into the municipality's drinking water supply.

Water Institute member Monica Emelko has been working with the province and the municipality since day one to monitor the wildfire's impact on the Athabasca River.

The story includes an interview by Emelko an, Associate Professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and her team. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Homeowners ill-informed about flood compensation, Blair Feltmate head of Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation comments

CBC News recently featured a story on the lack of awareness among Canadian homeowners about flood compensation. An internal poll commissioned for Public Safety Canada, revealed that 40 per cent of respondents believe the federal government will provide compensation to homeowners if there's major overland flooding.

The story includes comments by Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, of the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waterloo speakers to shake up Nature Unleashed Dialogue Series

Jean Andrey

Kicking off the Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters dialogues on Sunday, the University of Waterloo’s research strengths in climate change, natural disasters and flood mitigation were highlighted by Jean Andrey, dean of the Faculty of Environment, during her opening remarks at the launch event.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wastewater treatment upgrades result in major reduction of intersex fish

Kitchener wastewater treatment plant

Upgrades to a wastewater treatment plant along Ontario’s Grand River, led to a 70 per cent drop of intersex fish within one year and a full recovery of the fish population within three years, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

Aerial photo of the Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2016 (Credit: Region of Waterloo).

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In the media — Water bottling is a sideshow: bigger issues need to be addressed

Rob de Loe near water

As Ontario reviews water-taking permit charges for bottled water companies like Nestlé, Water Institute member Rob de Loë urges us to think beyond the bottle.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hug’s tree of life makes Altmetric’s top 100 articles of 2016

tree of life

A diagram representing Hug's "tree of life."

Biology professor Laura Hug’s A New View of the Tree of Life is ranked one of the most-discussed journal articles of 2016, according to Altmetric’s top 100 articles of 2016 list.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Top Chinese water universities visit campus to explore partnerships

wuhan university visit

Wuhan University delegates gather in the office of the Water Institute executive director.

Two top water universities in China visited the Waterloo campus this week to discuss potential academic and research partnerships with the University of Waterloo and the Water Institute.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Environmentally responsible mining and hydrologic modelling get boost with NSERC and CRC grants

NSERC and CRC awards

Minister Chagger (far right) announces Waterloo grant winners, including Water Institute members David Blowes (second from right) and James R. Craig (third from right).

Water research was among several areas to receive substantial government support this past week from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canada Research Chairs (CRC) grants. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and member of parliament for Waterloo, revealed seven University of Waterloo award recipients — including Water Institute members David Blowes and James R. Craig — Friday during a special announcement in the University’s Science Teaching Complex.