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Millions of zebra shells wash up on shores of Lake Winnipeg

Global News | 2018-05-30

An infestation of zebra mussels has visitors to parts of Lake Winnipeg wading in the invasive species.

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Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater

CBC | 2018-05-22

In an east-end Montreal neighbourhood, a polluted piece of former industrial land has become a garden. Willows create a pleasant green space as the plants slowly reverse decades of industrial activity that has left the chemical-soaked soil of the Pointe-aux-Trembles site too contaminated to use.

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New Brunswick working on technology to ease damage in flood season

Kevin Bisset | 2018-03-08

Flood forecasters in New Brunswick are using new technology to track snow loads and ice movement, hoping more information leads to less damage.

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Canada Has Ended the National Wetland Conservation Fund

Water Canada | 2018-02-06

Yesterday, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) announced that it has cancelled the National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF). Projects that were funded through 2019 will remain in place, but no further projects will receive funding.

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What did we learn from 2017's floods in Quebec and Ontario? Inside the politics of water

The Globe and Mail | 2018-01-16

Last year's record deluges along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River pitted nations, communities and people apart over water management. Now, rising water levels are raising fears of what's coming this spring. Les Perreaux explores what happened last year and what could happen next

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Manitoba Launches Public Consultations on Watershed Planning Initiatives

Manitoba Government | 2017-08-23

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

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Quebec Designates Ottawa River a Heritage River

Water Canada | 2017-08-22

Today, the Quebec portion of the Ottawa River has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, joining the Ontario portion in this designation. The Ottawa River’s designation as a Heritage River recognizes the river’s outstanding cultural heritage value, including its significance to Indigenous Peoples, its history as an important trade and transportation route, and its continued importance to many communities and businesses in both Ontario and Quebec.

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2014 Canadian Municipal Water Priorities Report

Canadian Municipal Water Consortium | 2014-09-21

Canadian communities are facing challenges – due to growth, increasing urbanization, financial constraints, climate change and more.  What information do water managers and decision-makers need to keep their cities healthy and safe?  

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Think Like a Watershed

Water Canada | 2014-08-25

The increasing pressures of population growth, pollution, and a changing climate, coupled with strong demands for more local control, are making it increasingly apparent that fresh water must be governed in new ways. Across the country, governments at all levels are responding to these pressures by implementing new decision-making arrangements. Collaborative watershed governance is a potentially powerful and innovative model. It involves reorganizing decision-making to create more inclusive processes that better align with the ecological boundaries of watersheds rather than arbitrary political borders. It also involves addressing watershed health and function as a priority. Although transformative change at this scale is an inevitably slow process, change is clearly occurring. Recent research and an ever-expanding conversation at the local level reveal a strong and, most importantly, growing interest in watershed-based governance.

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Fish Habitat Improvements on Otty Lake Show Great Results - Improvements Continue this Fall

RVCA | 2014-07-30

Tay River Watershed, July 29, 2014 —  The Otty Lake Association and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority's (RVCA) quest to enhance spawning, nursery and feeding areas for smallmouth bass in Otty Lake is seeing positive results. In October 2013, 92 gravel spawning beds were installed 40 feet apart across almost a kilometer of the lake bottom. An additional 150 recycled Christmas trees were submerged and anchored on the bed of the lake (over 15 feet deep) in designated areas to provide areas where fish can rest, find shelter and feed. Recent monitoring of the project shows impressive early results. Of the 43 visible nests, 38 were in use with a male bass guarding the nest. “The new beds are doing exactly what we hoped they would do,” said Jennifer Lamoureux, RVCA Aquatic and Fish Habitat Biologist. “The beds are being accepted by the bass community and will provide exceptional spawning and nursery habitat. And in time, they will become homes to...

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