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Canada as a Leader in Water Resource Management

Canada as a Leader in Water Resource Management

December 29, 2017 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

Water is one of the most important elements for life and its role in shaping Canada cannot be overlooked. Whether in the form of ice, snow, rivers, or lakes, water has had a huge impact on Canada’s identity. In celebrating its 150th anniversary, Canada needs to find a new perspective in treating this valuable resource,…

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New Research on Phosphorus Loading in Canadian Fresh Waters

A new research study published by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences investigated the phosphorus loading in Canadian fresh waters. It aimed to understand the geographic patterns and environmental drivers of this vital process in aquatic ecosystems. The journal’s article “Internal Phosphorus Loading in Canadian Fresh Waters: A Critical Review and Data Analysis”…

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Triclosan is often used in personal and household cleaning products to improve their efficacy in controlling and eliminating bacteria. This has resulted in the chemical compound finding its way into municipal wastewater. If the removal of triclosan from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is incomplete it may spread into biosolids that are being used as fertilizers….

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Fertilizer Runoff and Lake Erie’s Dead Zone

Algae blooms have been increasing in number on Lake Erie for the past few years as a result of man-made causes and climate change. This problem has affected both the United States and Canada, which are on either side of Lake Erie: 11 million people rely on the lake for drinking water. This phenomenon is…

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Ensuring the Safety of Biosolids Utilization in Ontario Farmlands

Throughout much of civilization, manure has been used as fertilizer in agricultural farmlands for many centuries. In the early 1900s, farmers in the United States began utilizing sewage wastewater to improve soil fertility. As technological advances in the field improved, researchers began to recognize the valuable nutrients that can be derived from treated sewage sludge….

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Dutch Initiative To Recycle Cellulose From Toilet Paper In Wastewater

Historically, wastewater has been regarded as a human health risk and environmental hazard, but a shift in current attitudes now values wastewater as a potential source of recyclable materials and energy. It plays an important role in recovering resources that are becoming increasingly scarce. Wastewater contains tissue paper fibers and this material can be harvested…

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Canadian Researchers Address Biosolids Concerns

The use of treated sewage sludge as fertilizer for agriculture has caused significant controversy due to concerns that chemical and biological contaminants are present in these materials. Four Canadian professors and water experts issued a statement to dispel the danger of biosolids. The response comes from Dr. Paul Sibley from the University of Guelph, Dr….

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Climate Change and Biosolids Management

Climate Change and Biosolids Management

November 2, 2017 | Under Biosolids | Posted by | No Comments

Climate change is considered a grave threat and immediate steps must be taken to mitigate its damaging effects. Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau has made combating battling climate change a top priority since his election in 2015. Ontario Climate Change Initiatives According to the Ontario Climate Change Study paper “Climate change is defined as any…

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Aquahacking Challenge 2017

Aquahacking Challenge 2017

October 24, 2017 | Under News | Posted by | No Comments

The Great Lakes are an important and vulnerable resource that supplies safe, potable drinking water, which promotes better quality of life and economic prosperity. Ontario collaborates with government and community stakeholders to preserve the Great Lakes’ water quality and ecosystems. In 2014, the new Canada-Ontario Agreement (COA) identified 5 major priorities, which includes the following:…

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Benefits of Biosolids as Fertilizer

Benefits of Biosolids as Fertilizer

October 16, 2017 | Under Biosolids | Posted by | No Comments

Crops require essential nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which can be derived from biosolids. Organic matter found in biosolids enhances moisture retention, soil structure, permeability, reduces wind and water erosion, and enhances the uptake of plant nutrients. It also improves soil fertility, offsetting the need for commercial fertilizers. Biosolids need to be sampled and…

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