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Coverage of water resources since September 5, 2023.

Wildfire risk a concern as Canada's weather agency releases dry winter forecast for Western Canada

"...“We are predicting below average precipitation and a lower than normal snowpack so those factors might tend to increase the risk of wildfire in the spring,” Gillett said. ECCC said the El Nino weather pattern was the main reason behind the forecast for above average temperatures in Alberta this winter but also blamed human induced climate change for winter temperatures warming over the past several decades. The agency cited a 2019 report which showed human induced climate change as the main factor in observed warming of the planet between 1948 and 2012..."


Draft policy could be a game-changer for B.C. old-growth protection, conservationist says

"...The framework would also create a provincial Office of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health tasked with improving data collection on ecosystem health and “championing policies and approaches and ensuring accountability” on biodiversity in forestry policy. Several other leading conservation groups in the province have also praised the proposed framework, but they aren't the only ones at the table..."


New opportunities to flow in expansion of groundwater centre at U of G

"...Ground broke on the Morwick Groundwater Research Centre on Thursday which will be located next to the current Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility at the north end of the campus off College Avenue East. The building will sit on a bedrock aquifer in the Grand River watershed that will allow for unique research on groundwater. There will be classrooms that will provide hands-on teaching on managing and protecting groundwater resources..."


Climate change: Intensity of ongoing drought in Syria, Iraq and Iran ‘not rare anymore’

"...Large parts of Iraq, Iran and Syria have been gripped by an intense drought for years. Low rainfall and high temperatures have caused crops to fail and driven water shortages across the region, pushing millions of people into food insecurity..."


5 Takeaways for Companies Setting Science-based Freshwater Targets

"...Most notably that while greenhouse gas emissions have global implications, and therefore can be managed with global targets, water is a localized resource, so water challenges must be locally managed. However, the data and information to do so properly is not available in every water basin throughout the world. Moreover, water challenges come in many forms: water scarcity, poor water quality, lack of access, droughts, flooding and more..."


Upcoming COP28 summit must ‘respond decisively’ to gaps in global climate action

"...Climate and EnvironmentThe hydrological cycle is spinning out of balance as a result of climate change and human activity, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that offers an extensive assessment of global water resources..."


Sable Island’s shifting landscape offers insights into global groundwater loss

"...They found fresh groundwater loss tied to decades of dune erosion, seasonal waves, storms and hurricanes. During storms, seawater floods the beaches, leaches into the ground and salinizes fresh beach groundwater. When storms repeatedly batter the island, floodwaters can erode dunes and cause groundwater salinization to incrementally shift landward and lead to long-term freshwater loss..."


WMO: Global stocktake of water resources needed

"...StocktakeThough further research is needed, and more information from regions like Africa, the Middle East and Asia is required, the conclusions made based on data from 273 stations around the globe are straightforward, the Report authors believe. In the realm of river discharge and reservoir inflow, over 50 per cent of global catchment areas and reservoirs displayed deviations from normal conditions, of which a majority were drier than usual. There were anomalies in soil moisture and evapotranspiration (transfer of land water into the atmosphere, either by evaporation or through plants) registered throughout 2022..."


‘Advanced application’ for Rocky Mountain coal mine stirs controversy

"...“The 2022 ministerial order restricts coal projects but does allow for exceptions for active coal mines, for advanced coal projects and for safety and security activities. ”Both the minister and the Alberta Energy Regulator suggest because the project was filed several years before the ministerial order, it qualifies as an advanced coal project (AER), exempting it from the moratorium. In its own statement, the Alberta Energy Regulator said, “[i]f an applicant meets AER requirements, including the requirements under the MO, the AER cannot prohibit a company from filing an application..."


World News in Brief: Aid workers under attack, DR Congo food crisis, Niger floods

"...Mr. Laerke highlighted the dire humanitarian needs in both countries and the funding gaps. The humanitarian response plan for Sudan remains only 32 per cent funded while the response in South Sudan has received 53 per cent of the required funds..."


It starts with you: Residents urged to take responsibility and help in building sustainable cities

"...In recent years, Kenya's urban areas have become particularly vulnerable to climate change, facing threats such as coastal erosion, heightened drought and desertification, water resource scarcity, increased groundwater salinity, and epidemics and diseases..."


Quadra Islanders work to protect water in face of growing drought

"...As a landscape architect specializing in wetland restoration, Bernie Amell knows how water moves across the landscape..."


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Wastewater Labourer II - District of Sechelt (Sechelt, BC)

"...You must be professional, responsive and possess a positive work attitude; strong mechanical skills; the ability to remain calm in stressful situations; and the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully one-on-one and in a group environment..."

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Intermediate Stormwater Engineer - Urban Systems Ltd. (Calgary) (Calgary, AB)

"...Honing your engineering/stormwater skills and developing an understanding of best practices, regulations, design criteria, and processes/equipment/technologies..."

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Water Treatment Plant Operator - City of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...For detailed information on this position and for more information on our community, please visit our website at https://www. nanaimo. ca..."

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Senior Water Resource Engineer - Park Board, Green Infrastructure - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Develop guidance materials and processes related to capital design, construction, establishment, operations and maintenance, monitoring and performance evaluation plans for green infrastructure in parks;..."

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Recent episodes that mention water resources.

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The need for a Canada-wide action plan on water

Duration: 12:52

"...Canada has a global reputation of having abundant, clean water, and water is essential for life and for food security..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about water resources.

Johan Rockström | Planetary boundaries: scientific advances | Frontiers Forum Live 2023

"...Johan is additionally Chief Scientist of Conservation International and acts as an advisor on sustainable development issues at international meetings including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC)..."


How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."


Protecting the Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Black Carbon, and Regional Resilience

"...Climate change and air pollution are speeding up the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, jeopardizing the lives and livelihoods of 750 million people who rely on the water from these glaciers and snows..."


The Future of Water || Discuss the Future with Gavin van Tonder

"...In place of this extraction process, NEOM will produce water using entirely renewable energy via a solar-powered desalination process with zero liquid discharge..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about water resources relevant to the latest news.

Inland Surface Waters Quantity Monitored from Remote Sensing

"...Most of the world's water demand relies on continental surface waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands and artificial reservoirs) while less on underground aquifers and seawater desalination..."


Impacts of Tibetan Plateau Vortex Activities on the Ecological Environment in the Yellow River Basin

"...Once it moves out of the plateau, it can cause heavy rainfall and even lead to flooding, soil erosion, and other impacts on the ecological environment to the east of the plateau, especially in the Yellow River Basin (YRB)..."


Simulation of the dynamics of water resources in the Hirmand watershed under economic and environmental scenarios

"...The results show that scenarios like increasing irrigation efficiency, reducing evaporation loss, reducing cultivation area, adopting an optimal cropping pattern, and Afghanistan?s adherence to Iran?s water rights increase water resources and reduce water shortage..."


Model-based assessment of interbasin groundwater flow in data scarce areas: the Gallocanta Lake endorheic watershed (Spain)

"...Monitoring the baseflow of the Piedra-Ortiz river and of the Caminreal Springs will allow to get information on the evolution of the groundwater resource availability in the Gallocanta watershed..."


Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Transitional Tool for Sustainable Food Systems

"...The expansion of the human population, climate change, the depletion of resources, and pollution all present obstacles to the functioning of our food systems, as well as to our capacity to ensure that future generations will have adequate food and nourishment..."


Design and simulation of a reuse water system for a houseboat using EPANET

"...Greywater reuse is of paramount importance as it not only conserves freshwater resources but also contributing to sustainable water management efforts..."


A Comprehensive Overview of Vital Water Quality Parameters

"...In-place sewage systems, landfill leachate, wastewater treatment plant effluent, leaking sewers, hydraulic fracturing, gas stations, or excessive fertilizer use in agriculture are the usual causes of groundwater adulteration..."


Satellite-based estimates of declining groundwater storage in the transboundary Cambodia-Mekong River Delta Aquifer of the Lowe

"...The Cambodia-Mekong River Delta Aquifer, a vital transboundary aquifer in the Lower Mekong Region of Southeast Asia, faces escalating challenges due to excessive groundwater extraction for agriculture and domestic purposes..."


An integrated geochemical and spatiotemporal assessment of groundwater resources within an industrial suburb, Southeastern Nige

"...The indiscriminate discharge of industrial effluents from beverage industries into nearby streams and lands within the Udi area of Enugu State has resulted in a decline in the drinking water quality..."


Evaluation of nutrient management and method of planting on crop productivity of aerobic rice and estimating the water saving i

"...Rapidly depleting water resources threaten the sustainability of the irrigated rice production, the livelihood of rice producers and consumers, and ultimately the food security..."


Water quality index forecast using artificial neural network techniques optimized with different metaheuristic algorithms

"...An accurate water quality index (WQI) forecast is essential for freshwater resources management due to providing early warnings to prevent environmental disasters..."