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Our Water Footprint – How Much Water Does it Take To Produce Our Everyday Products?

World Water Day, March 22, has stimulated great attention to many different aspects of water all over the world. One of the most amazing array of facts though, is how much water it takes to produce the everyday things we eat, drink and wear. Those of us who are working in the “water field” are […]

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Posted in: CWW 2011, National, Uncategorized
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Living Lakes Concert in Winnipeg, A Celebration of Lake Winnipeg and Canada Water Week

The Healthy Rivers, Living Lakes Concert in Winnipeg last Sunday afternoon was a unique and entertaining way to mark Canada Water Week and what it means to some of us in Manitoba. There was specific focus on Lake Winnipeg, Canada’s 6th great lake as well as general attention to the basic essence of water and […]

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Paddle – Drink – Protect

I confess – I love being in the outdoors.  Even more, I love being in the outdoors, on water. I get energy when I am experiencing the joy of being out in our environment. Though a novice paddler, there’s an added serenity and peace to being on the water that I find revitalizing. I can’t imagine […]

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Posted in: Central Canada, Conservation, CWW 2011, Human Health, Nature's Needs, Policy and Politics, Prairies, Uncategorized
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What’s in Our Water: Concentrations of Toxins at 1,921 meters

Last summer two environmental scientists arrived in Mount Revelstoke National Park to test four alpine lakes for DDT levels. DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is synthetic chemical pesticide that was heavily used in the mid 1900s for agriculture. The 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring generated controversy over the impacts of DDT on the environment, particularly […]

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Protecting Wetlands an Imperative

This past December, New Brunswickers experienced some of the most dramatic weather conditions in memorable history.  A 24 hour torrential downpour throughout central and southwestern parts of the province saw water levels rise in record speed. The St. John River watershed flooded as though it was April and residents near St. George were stranded when […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Maritimes, Policy and Politics
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Mountain Landscapes – Canada’s Source Water

A snowflake that lands on the top of Mt. Assiniboine in Banff National Park, will, eventually melt, make it’s way down the Bow River, into the South Saskatchewan River, into the Qu’Appelle River, into the Assiniboine River, into the Red River, and finally into Lake Winnipeg – a catchment that covers close to 1 million […]

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Posted in: National, Nature's Needs, Prairies, West
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Inspiration from our Grandmothers: Mother Earth Water Walks

I remember living in Alberta and hearing about a new movement afoot led by a two Anishinawbe grandmothers drawing attention to what they saw as the plight of water.  They were setting out to walk around Lake Ontario. It was the fourth year they had done a walk such as this.  The first was around […]

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Posted in: Central Canada, Human Health, Maritimes, National, North, Prairies, Stories and Reflections, Transboundary, West
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My Kingdom, my kingdom, my kingdom for some monitoring!

How do we protect our water heritage? To ensure water for our communities, businesses, health, and future generations we need some measuring and monitoring.  As the old saying goes, “we can’t manage what we don’t measure”!  We need to understand how water flows; the connection between ground and surface water; impacts of land use; energy […]

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Posted in: Climate Change, Issues, Maritimes, National, Policy and Politics, Uncategorized, West
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SOS: Save Our Snowpack

How does snowpack respond to climate change—right here in the Columbia Basin? How do glaciers fit in? And what about the future of powder? In the coming weeks, if you live in southeastern British Columbia you can learn some snowpack science and watch a short film during SOS: Save Our Snowpack, an evening that brings […]

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Reduce Your Wardrobe’s Water Footprint

By Kelly Drennan As the Founder of Fashion Takes Action (FTA) I work with both the fashion industry and the consumer to better understand social and environmental impacts. We look at the positive actions that can be taken as a fashion based business such as sourcing sustainable fabric, paying fair wages to employees, or using […]

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