World Rivers Day!

world rivers day
Posted: September 24, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: day, flood, rainfall, rivers, water, world

On September 24, 2017 we celebrate World Rivers Day, a day intended to highlight the value of rivers and encourage improved stewardship of rivers around the world. Based on the success of BC Rivers Day, which has been celebrated since 1980, the United Nations, in conjunction with the Water for Life Decade, established World Rivers […]

United Nations & Water

Posted: September 11, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: freshwater, monitoring, nations, projects, reporting, united, water

On May 30 of this year, UN Environment launched a new freshwater strategy under the auspices of UN-Water. Realizing the central role the freshwater ecosystem plays in the health of economies and societies worldwide and how crucial it is to tackle threats to the world’s freshwater resources, a new Freshwater Strategy 2017 – 2021 was […]

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 […]

The Ocean Cleanup

Posted: July 11, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: cleanup, ocean, plastic, waste, water

An important issue that has been receiving more and more attention lately is the problem known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a collection of discarded plastic which the ocean currents have concentrated in one area.  Some estimates place the size of this patch as twice the size of the state of Texas!  While a […]

Great Barrier Reef – Is it Doomed?

Posted: June 9, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: barrier, bleaching, coral, great, reef, underwater

Great Barrier Reef – Is it Doomed? The answer to that question depends on who you are listening to, but the fact cannot be denied that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble.   The coral comprising the reef is experiencing bleaching for the second consecutive year.  In the northern region of the reef, where […]

World Oceans Day – June 8, 2017

Posted: June 8, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: earth, humans, oceans, oxygen, water, world

World Oceans Day Healthy oceans are critical to our survival.  Three quarters of the surface of the planet is covered by the Oceans, an area that spans more than 350 million square kilometers.   Of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, 70% is produced by marine plants such as kelp and plankton living in the ocean.  If […]

Cootes Paradise

cootes paradise
Posted: May 22, 2017
Category: Newsletters Water
Tags: biological, cootes, diversity, paradise, princess point, water

Cootes Paradise was originally inhabited by the Princess Point people as far back as 500AD.  The current name was derived from a British Naval Officer, Captain Thomas Coote, who spent many days hunting the abundant water fowl in the 1780’s.  Cootes Paradise marsh was designated fish sanctuary in 1874 and in 1927, the marsh and […]

Urban Stormwater Management

fort worth water gardens
Posted: April 12, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: fountains, management, stormwater, urban, water

Climate change and urban sprawl are putting increasing demands on municipal budgets and infrastructure when it comes to stormwater management.  Under natural conditions, stormwater is intercepted by vegetation and absorbed into the ground, when an area is urbanized, this vegetation disappears. Climate change is causing an increase in the number of violent storms we are […]

Hamilton Ontario – The Waterfall Capital of the World

great falls
Posted: April 6, 2017
Category: Newsletters Water
Tags: canada, hamilton, ontario, water, waterfall capital of the world, waterfalls

With the Niagara Escarpment running through the entire length of Hamilton, the city can lay claim to over 100 waterfalls and cascades within its boundaries, 145 having been found as of 2014. Hamilton has no rivers so the size of her waterfalls cannot compare with Niagara Falls, located a mere 45 minute drive away.  […]

Yellow Fish Road

why yellow fish
Posted: March 14, 2017
Category: Water
Tags: grates, rain, runoff, sewer. drain, storm, water

Have you noticed any of these yellow fish in your neighbourhood?  Wonder what they mean? The Yellow Fish program is an educational program that teaches about waste water and the impact it can have on our rivers and lakes.  The young people spray paint the fish on the curbs above the grates and distribute flyers […]

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