Thawing Permafrost

permafrost
Posted: August 31, 2017
Category: Environment
Tags: environment, greenhouse gases, ice, melting, permafrost, thaw, water, weather

There is a huge thaw taking place in the extreme Northern regions of the planet as well as at the highest altitudes.  This means the global temperature is rising and permafrost is melting. Permafrost is the frozen layer beneath the ground surface which has maintained a temperature below freezing for at least 2 years.  When […]

Fountain of Youth Located!

Posted: August 25, 2017
Category: Well Development
Tags: fountain, groundwater, southern ontario, water, well, youth

At Heron Instruments, we encourage our employees to participate in healthy recreational activities in their off hours.  An excellent example of this policy is David Mackie, an Industrial Designer from our Research and Development department.  David is an avid triathlete, successfully competing in events at both the local and international level. This past weekend, while […]

dipper-Tough

dipper-tough
Posted: August 23, 2017
Category: Products
Tags: dipper, environment, harsh, product, remediation, tough

Groundwater monitoring at landfills is now a government requirement.  Monitoring wells must be installed and water is to be measured and tested on a regular basis.  This is a project which presents a number of unique problems. Unless you have a Heron dipper-Tough on hand!! One of the major drawbacks to these types of projects […]

National Honey Bee Day – August 19th

national honeybee day
Posted: August 18, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Since the late 1990’s, beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees and honeybee colonies. In Europe, 25% of commercial honeybees have been lost since 1985, in the USA, 40% have been lost since 2006 while in the UK, 45% have been lost since 2010. Bees play a vital role […]

Randle Reef – Lake Ontario

randle reef
Posted: August 15, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: burlington, canada, contamination, hamilton, ontario, randle, reef

Randle Reef, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the most contaminated site within the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.  It is a 12 hectare area located in the southwest corner of the area known as ‘Hamilton Harbour’ or ‘Burlington Bay’ and is surrounded by many heavy industries.  Over the years, coal […]

What is Groundwater?

groundwater
Posted: August 8, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Groundwater is the water that soaks into the ground from rain or melting ice and snow that then moves downward to fill in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock until it reaches the saturated zone where the groundwater is freely flowing.  Groundwater accounts for up to 20% of all the fresh water […]

Water Quality Month – August

water quality
Posted: August 4, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: chemicals, litter, pollution, quality, spills, water

The month of August has been selected to promote the major role water quality plays in our lives and highlight how we can protect the quality of our sources of fresh water. In the Northern hemisphere, August represents the “dog days” of summer.  It is the time of year when soaring temperatures inspire many people […]

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