Nutrient app featured in Environmental Science and Engineering Magazine

Exerpt:
USask Nutrient App kit engages community to take lead on algal blooms

The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security has designed a new community-based sampling app kit to engage citizens, farmers and water quality managers in identifying and remediating algal bloom hotspots through the real-time monitoring of dissolved nutrient concentrations in wells, streams, wetlands and lakes.

Called the Nutrient App, the mobile application allows users to dip and photograph test strips for nitrates and phosphates to instantaneously measure nutrient loads with an accuracy of <30% based on inexpensive commercially available test kits.

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John Pomeroy Climate Change Webinar – part 1, May 27th

Canada’s Climate and Water Futures- Which Future Will We Choose?
Creative Solutions for a New World Climate Series 

“Award-winning author; Chair of Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health; and senior policy advisor, Bob Sandford, will join us again on Wednesday, May 27th, for a fascinating discussion with the much celebrated Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change; Associate Director, Global Institute for Water Security; and Director of the Global Water Futures Program.

The effects of climate change are magnified in Canada’s North and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems and the water environments faster than any other region on Earth. The goal of the Global Water Futures Program is to forecast water futures and use leading edge science to deliver risk management solutions. Through this research, Canada will become a global leader in water science in cold regions and will address the strategic needs for the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks associated with uncertain water futures and extreme events.”

May 27th, 2020
11am-noon Pacific Time

Register at CreativelyUnited.org

See the video here.

 

New Canada Water Agency to provide solutions for emerging water crisis—expert panel

The new Canada Water Agency—a mandated commitment of the federal government—will provide much-needed solutions to the emerging water crisis, according to Tom Axworthy, chair of a national water policy panel organized by Global Water Futures (GWF) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

“The pandemic has shown us what is possible when we work together to protect the health of Canadians,” said Axworthy, public policy chair at Toronto’s Massey College and former principal secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
“Similarly, we need to work together to address water security challenges that have been underscored by climate change impacts in communities across Canada. Water-related natural disasters such as floods and fires have cost Canadians $28 billion between 2000 and 2017 alone.”
In mandate letters last December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on the ministers of the departments of Environment and Climate Change and Agriculture and Agri-Food to create the new agency to “work together with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities, local authorities, scientists, and others to find the best ways to keep our water safe, clean and well-managed.”
Axworthy noted that the focus on co-operative federalism in the Canadian constitution—from the British North America Act to its current form—has paved the way for a Canada Water Agency, which he said is critically important in the face of water security challenges that transcend national boundaries.
He pointed out that the multi-faceted issue of water security is spread out across more 20 departments in the federal government alone. The Canada Water Agency, he said, could begin to address this siloed approach “to protect and manage our freshwater for generations to come.”
The May 13 online national panel discussion, involving more than 650 scientists and water management professionals, marked the start of a series of national and regional discussions though the USask-led Global Water Futures program. Recommendations from these consultations are expected to inform the development of the new agency.

Read the full article here.

Additional article from Environmental Science and Engineering Magazine is available here.

Centre for Hydrology Post-Doctoral Fellow Receives the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Thesis Award

Dr. Chris Marsh has received the University of Saskatchewan Post Graduate Thesis Award for his PhD work on Multi-Scale Modelling of Cold Regions Hydrology.  

Dr. Marsh is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for Hydrology and Global Water Futures (GWF) at the University of Saskatchewan. He is interested in hydrological modelling and related fieldwork and is currently working on the next generation core modelling group developing the Canadian Hydrological Model (CHM).

Centre for Hydrology PhD candidate recieves Canadian Geophysical Union Glaciology Award


April 24, 2020
University of Saskatchewan (USask) hydrology PhD student Caroline Aubry-Wake, who studies the impact of climate change on glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, has received the Stan Paterson Scholarship for Student Excellence in Canadian Glaciology.
The award is given by the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) to a young hydrologist in honour of Dr. Stan Paterson (May 20, 1924 – October 8, 2013), a leading Canadian glaciologist.
Aubry-Wake is member of the USask Global Institute for Water Security and an executive member of the USask-led Global Water Futures Program – Young Professionals.
According to Aubry-Wake, since 1985 Canadian glaciers have shrunk 15 per cent, a number that could rise to 100 per cent by the end of the century.
Such a steep increase in glacier loss in the Rockies would have a devastating impact on mountain streams in Western Canada, including a significant reduction in river water supply, which would threaten cold-water fish and ecosystems and reduce water resources for hydroelectricity on the Prairies and in B.C.
“Estimated glacier loss in the Rockies by the end of the century ranges from 75 to 100 per cent,” Aubry-Wake said. “But there’s only a few studies investigating the details of future glacier melt in Western Canada. My research will help to sharpen these estimates by focusing on three glaciers, to improve our understanding of the key processes responsible for glacier retreat at those sites.”
Aubry-Wake conducts research at the Peyto Glacier in Banff National Park, Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park and Bologna Glacier in the Ragged Range, Northwest Territories.
Her research combines mountain fieldwork and a mathematical hydrological model to assess changes in water resources.

How can a Canada Water Agency Deliver Water Security for Canadians? A National Water Policy Panel Discussion

Held on May 13, 2020

In April 2019, GWF and partners issued a public call to action, Water Security for Canadians: Solutions for Canada’s Emerging Water Crisis. It called for modernization of Canada’s water institutions, governance, policies and legislation to better address the emerging national water crisis.

In late 2019, the Government of Canada announced the development of a Canada Water Agency and review of federal water policies and laws by the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment.

Responding to this opportunity, we are continuing the discussion with water practitioners, agencies, organizations and rightsholders across the country. We invite you to join us for a virtual panel discussion on water related issues and needs that a Canada Water Agency can address and provide, and how a Canada Water Agency can compliment existing regional water management issues and mandates.

Featuring Terry Duguid, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Chaired by Dr. Thomas Axworthy of Massey College, you will hear from experts in water science and governance and guests from provincial and municipal perspectives, examining Canadian water issues and the science, policy and the collaborative responses needed to tackle the emerging water-climate crisis.

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Above average snowpack levels in front ranges of Rocky Mountains

RMO FIle Photo

Image courtesy of RMOToday.com

The following is an excerpt from an article in RMOToday.com:

BOW VALLEY – With warmer weather throughout the Rocky Mountains, experts and municipal officials are keeping an eye on snowpack levels and weather forecasts as well as their potential effects on the Bow Valley’s waterways.

With a network of 35 high-elevation weather stations across the Rocky Mountains – from the Athabasca Glacier to the top of Fortress Mountain – director of the Canmore-based University of Saskatchewan’s Cold Water Laboratory John Pomeroy said Monday (April 27) that snowpack levels in the front ranges are currently above average.

“When you see a lot of snow on the mountains around Canmore, that is reflecting those high front range snowpacks,” Pomeroy said.

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