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Water News

Manitoba doing its part to curb acid rain
ACID rain in northern Manitoba could be on the wane now that the copper smelter in Flin Flon has closed and Thompson's smelter faces the same fate. But a new worry may be the Alberta oilsands and the effects of pollution that wafts across northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Billion-Year-Old Water Preserved in Canadian Mine
Pockets of water trapped in rocks from a Canadian mine are over a billion years old, and the water could contain life forms that can survive independently from the sun, scientists said this week. The ancient water was collected from boreholes at Timmins Mine beneath Ontario, Canada, at a depth of about 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers).

The Big Pitcher
Climate change discussions range from outright dismissal as a political invention to belief it is gospel. Most, however, will admit that observed climatic variations are getting kind of weird.

Affordable water purification using silver nanoparticles
A team led by an IIT-Madras professor has devised a cheap and effective method to produce clean drinking water. It will soon be possible to produce 10 litres of water — free of bacteria and virus — at just Rs. 10-12 per month, for the daily consumption of a family of five.

Blue Water Satellite imagery helping to Solve Algae and Nutrient Problems in California Lake
Enhanced satellite imagery from Blue Water Satellite (http://www.bluewatersatellite.com/) of Bowling Green, Ohio, similar to what NASA has used on Mars missions, is being used as a powerful assessment tool for lake communities and organizations working to make near-term impact on the harmful algal bloom problems in our nation's water bodies.
 

Upcoming Events


Environmental Field Techniques
May 29, 2013 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Manitoba - Room TBD

This one day course will provide hands on field instruction in soil sampling and drill rig safety.  Participants should expect to gain practical experience in aspects of environmental soil, water, and air sampling.  There will also be an overview of provincial and federal regulations as they pertain to environmental site assessments; and a discussion on laboratory analysis of parameters commonly considered in Manitoba.

For more information visit Manitoba Environmental Industries Association's website.


Benefit of Wetlands. Value to Society. – 2013 Annual Meeting
June 2-6, 2013
Duluth, Minnesota

Leading wetland scientists, researchers and managers from around the world will gather to exchange ideas and learn the latest research for successful wetland management at the 2013 meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Nearly 300 experts in wetland science and management will share research trends and developments during the four-day event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Guided field trips to local wetlands will take place in conjunction with the meeting.

A complete schedule and registration information appears on the event’s website, www.swsannualmeeting.org, or contact Brittany Marsala Olson at 608-310-7855


Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 – An Overview
June 4, 2013 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. (Breakfast included)
Location to be determined

This session will provide an overview of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (the Act) and its regulations, and will highlight what proponents and consultants need to consider early-on in the project planning phase. It also introduces the environmental assessment (EA) process and requirements applying to projects for which the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is the responsible authority.  This session is a high-level summary of the Agency’s 1-day course titled “Introduction to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012”, and will answer the following questions:
•    Does CEAA 2012 apply to my development proposal?
•    What are the timelines associated with the federal environmental assessment process?
•    If Manitoba’s Environment Act applies to my proposal, do I need to do two assessments?
•    How does Aboriginal consultation fit into the EA process?


For more information visit Manitoba Environmental Industries Association's website.

Canadian Water Summit: Blue Collaboration for Blue Prosperity
June 27th, 2013
BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta

Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.  The United Nations identified 2013 The International Year of Water Cooperation. The 4th Annual Canadian Water Summit will explore how organizations across sectors and across geographies are working together to drive innovation in water and prosperity in their communities.  

Visit www.watersummit.ca for more information.


Resources

New Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Faces Growing Competition for Water Supplies in Water-Stressed Regions
A new Ceres research paper on water use in hydraulic fracturing operations shows that a significant portion of this activity is happening in water stressed regions of the United States, most prominently Texas and Colorado, which are both in the midst of prolonged drought conditions.

See Report: Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Stress

Related report: Extracting the Facts
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