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Coverage of watersheds since July 26, 2021.

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Could More Urban Trees Mitigate Runoff and Flooding? JSTOR Daily

"...The researchers acknowledge that planting trees can be costly, but much less so than the damage that flooding can cause. A conventional parking lot could cost 53,000 euros, and a green infrastructure parking lot would cost an estimated 27 percent more. Beyond water absorption, however, trees provide carbon dioxide storage and shade and reduce pollution, all factors that help mitigate the effects of climate change..."

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Bike the dike this August in Pitt Meadows

"...“The City rarely gets positive feedback so this is a great time to flood them with emails about how happy we are when they supported fish-friendly flood control and healthy waterways in the community!” says the event description..."

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‘Mayhem': Severe wildfires could threaten water supply for communities, expert warns Globalnews.ca

"...“You already have less water, it's already stretched pretty thin, and you have suddenly this huge input of water, but of pretty bad water quality, usually, after a large and severe fire,” said Robinne, adding any drinking water would be treated to Canadian standards but it's costly to purify water polluted by wildfire. It could be “mayhem” to go though a cycle of drought, wildfires, heavy rains and drought again, said Robinne, “because the pressure on the water resource would become so high that I can't even imagine what it would mean in terms of water supply for communities. ”..."

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Severe wildfires could affect community watersheds, says forest service researcher

"...In a worst-case scenario that could lead to flash floods and flowing debris and it's likely to affect how much drinking water is available to a community and when, said Robinne, with drought compounding the potential impact of wildfire..."

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Forest City urged to join fight over old growth forest in B.C.

"...People have been camped out in the Fairy Creek watershed since last August to defend what they describe as the last unprotected old growth forest on southern Vancouver Island..."

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Editorial: Forethought vital in our future fight against invaders

"...Then there was the report to North Cowichan council about the ongoing scourge of parrot’s feather that’s taking over the Somenos watershed, from the Creek (where it now covers 80 per cent of the waterway) to the lake. Parrot’s feather came to Cowichan because at some point, someone deliberately sowed the aquatic plant. It was probably put in to beautify some kind of water feature, and then got away..."

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Conservation Efforts Now Can Turn Into Beneficial Long Term Habits

"...Of course, Reid says a larger scale project with huge benefits within a watershed, is the establishment of shelterbelts. He says the big thing with shelterbelts is that they give wildlife a habitat, they are great places for pollinating flowers so pollinators can help crops along. Shelterbelts can help with wind erosion, they can help catch snow so when we get into some of these drought conditions, there's a little bit more moisture in the field to start with in the spring time, which can help start groups off earlier..."

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Floating wetlands planted at Maiden Lake to clean stormwater

"...Volunteers prepare the wetlands for Maiden Lake as part of the Elk River Alliance’s Stormwater Solutions program (Image courtesy of Elk River Alliance)..."

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WATER WISE: Can wildlife adapt to the current rate of climate change?

"...Salmon have been declining since European colonization – a 2008 estimate put southern British Columbia populations at less than 10 per cent of what they once were. In June 2021, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that nearly 60 per cent of B. C..."

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RCMP find healthy trees felled at Fairy Creek old-growth protest site

"...Anti-old growth logging protesters are defending their actions, after police say they cut down several trees to form a blockade outside of the Fairy Creek Watershed area on Vancouver Island. Kylie Stanton has more..."

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Protesters cut young trees at Fairy Creek logging blockades

"...Old-growth logging protesters have come under fire for cutting down trees to block roads in the Fairy Creek watershed area and for at least one of their group being caught smoking a cigarette in wildfire-ready conditions..."

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RCMP say Fairy Creek activists cut 18 trees to block vehicle access

"...LAKE COWICHAN, B. C. — The Mounties in British Columbia say protesters breaching an injunction against blockades set up to prevent old-growth logging on southern Vancouver Island cut 18 trees..."

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Urban Salmon

A Photographic Journey into the Metro Vancouver Watershed.

"...Underwater Photography book featuring Salmon in the Urban Environment in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada..."

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Jobs in watersheds

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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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Environmental Compliance and Database Advisor

"...Compare environmental data against permit criteria advising of any issues and prepare and present regular..."

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Planning Assistant III (Rain City Strategy and Green Infrastructure Implementation) - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Excellent event planning and organizational skills related to public engagement activities and experience developing communication materials for workshops, meetings or presentations and supporting stakeholder engagement strategies;..."

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Planning Assistant III (Rain City Strategy and Green Infrastructure Implementation)

"...The work will help shape a more livable, equitable and resilient city that helps protect water quality, revive its urban watersheds and ecosystems while..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention watersheds.

Remembering “Watershed” Filmmaker James Redford

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Remembering ?Watershed? Filmmaker James Redford

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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6/26/20 - Tick App; Saginaw River Water Quality; Spotted Lanternfly

Duration: 03:00

"...The Tick App gives users tips on avoiding ticks and lets them share their tick exposure..."

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Episode 42: Greta Anderson Western Watersheds Project

Duration: 39:35

"...About Greta..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about watersheds.

EPR for Packaging Panel Discussion | The Circular Economy Show

"...Together they reflect on the watershed momentum around EPR for packaging as an essential part of a circular economy..."

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2020 Adult Nature Inspiration Award

"...He is one of one of the province's most respected and committed environmentalists, advocating for trees, wildlife habitat and watersheds..."

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Why EPR for Packaging Now? | Panel Discussion with Unilever, The Chilean Government, OECD

"...Together they reflect on the watershed momentum around EPR for packaging as an essential part of a circular economy..."

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Vital Sites – Fred M. Packard Award 2021 - Online Ceremony

"...RAMBALDI (Brazil), for her work to establish the São João River Watershed Environmental Protection Area in Rio de Janeiro State, now designated as a federal protected area of 150,000 hectares, among a rich list of other achievements..."

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Academic Research

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

Effects of land-cover and watershed protection futures on sustainable groundwater management in a heavily utilized aquifer in H

"...This study develops a novel, spatially explicit groundwater hydrologic ecosystem services framework, which combines stakeholder-defined land-cover scenarios, sustainable yield estimation using a groundwater simulation optimization approach, and economic valuation, and applies it in the most heavily utilized aquifer Hawai?i (USA)..."

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Localized Water Quality Improvement in the Choptank Estuary, a Tributary of Chesapeake Bay

"...The data presented here indicate that public and industrial investments in reductions of atmospheric emissions and upgrades to wastewater treatment plants have improved estuarine water quality in the Choptank..."

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Network analysis and characterization of vulnerability in flood control infrastructure for system-level risk reduction

"...Flood control networks play a pivotal role in mitigating the risk associated with the stormwater generated by extreme rainfalls and hurricanes..."

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Assessment of the Myitnge River flow responses in Myanmar under changes in land use and climate

"...Watershed hydrology changes are mostly influenced by changes in climate and land use and understanding of the interaction between these changes is required for the sustainable water management of water resources..."

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Climate Change Implications for Tidal Marshes and Food Web Linkages to Estuarine and Coastal Nekton

"...Climate change is altering naturally fluctuating environmental conditions in coastal and estuarine ecosystems across the globe..."

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A critical review on scale concept in GIS-based watershed management studies

"...Watershed management is critical in achieving sustainable development for water resources..."

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Dissolved phosphorus export through baseflow in an intensively cultivated agricultural watershed of eastern China

"...This indicates that, in the context of global climate change, baseflow DP export would be one of key issues for nonpoint source pollution control in the intensive agricultural watershed..."

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Characterizing the river water quality in China: Recent progress and on-going challenges

"...This study compiled a 16-year (2003–2018) dataset of river water quality (161,337 records from 2424 sites), watershed/landscape features, and meteorological conditions to investigate the spatial water quality patterns and underlying drivers of river impairment (defined as water quality worse than Class V according to China's Environmental Quality Standards for Surface Waters, GB3838-2002) at a national scale..."

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Efficient simulation of groundwater solute transport using the multipoint flux approximation method with arbitrary polygon grids

"...Groundwater solute transport models are critical for simulating subsurface contaminant processes, guiding policy making for groundwater management, and pollution remediation..."

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Evolution of Arctic rivers recession flow: Global assessment and data-based attribution analysis

"...Due to polar amplification of climate change, high latitudes are warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world..."

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Occurrence of pesticides and their transformation products in headwater streams: Contamination status and effect of ponds on con

"...Upstream from this pond, environmental quality or ecotoxicological standards were exceeded during sampling, with pesticide and transformation product sum concentrations of up to 27 μg/L..."

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Occurrence, distribution, and possible sources of microplastics in the surface river water in the Arakawa River watershed

"...Nowadays, efforts for complementing data concerning microplastics (MPs) in freshwater systems are required as MPs exist in many populated areas..."

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