Industrial Water Consumption

Irrigation and river diversion for industrial use

Greening Canada’s game: Manitoba looks at recycling shower water for ice rinks

Manitoba hockey players, figure skaters and curlers could soon be among the first in Canada to play on ice made from recycled shower water.

The province is looking at a pilot project that would see the Winnipeg arena where Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Toews played hockey as a child convert its shampoo and sweat-laced waste water into ice for five of its skating rinks.

If the project is successful, the province would like to expand the concept to include all Manitoba ice skating — and even curling — rinks. Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said Manitoba is the first province to look at recycling so-called grey water this way.... Read more »

Action H2O Forum - results report

On May 26th2011, Sierra Club Ontario hosted the Action H2O Forum, a day long workshop to discuss water policy, public outreach and communications, and collaborative action.  The Forum was attended by over 25 representatives of environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) that are actively working on Great Lakes and water-related issues in Ontario.

The overriding purpose of the Forum was:

To engage ENGO leaders in identifying strategies for collaborative action to enhance water policy and water resource management in Ontario.

The Forum focused on three key themes:

1.    Influencing government policies;

2.    Collaboration between ENGOs; and

3.    Communication with mass media.

Click here or on attachment below to open the report.

Groups protest proposed environment spending cuts

A number of organizations are warning that proposed cuts by the federal government to environment-related spending will have a detrimental effect on the country's freshwater.

"The departure of dozens of scientists and technicians could hamper Canada's ability to protect our water supplies across the country," reads an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that was posted on the website of the Council of Canadians.

The letter, signed by nearly 50 organizations, including the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Union of Public Employees, cited $1.6 billion in overall cuts related to the environment, $222 million in reductions specifically at Environment Canada and the elimination of 1,211 jobs.

The letter's numbers appear to be based on proposed cuts released from the Treasury Board earlier this year before the recent federal election and budget.... Read more »

Middle Great Lakes losing 200 tons of water per second

Media Release, June 9, 2011

TORONTO - A report released today by Sierra Club Ontario’s Great Lakes Section has found serious errors in the calculations of a report by the International Upper Great Lakes Study Board (IUGLSB). The 2009 report, which cost $17 Million, recommended that nothing be done about the increased outflow from Lakes Michigan and Huron. But according to Sierra Club’s Bill Bialkowski, an engineer with extensive experience in hydraulic modeling, the increased outflow is significantly higher than documented in the IUGLSB report.

Bialkowski’s analysis is available here.... Read more »

OP ED: Frontier Centre's argument (on Alberta water market debate) not based in fact

As Alberta’s population continues to increase, and the economy continues to grow, so too do concerns about the future availability of water, particularly in the semi-arid south. How the government deals with the critical issue of water allocation in the province will have significant consequences not only for the province’s population centres, but also for the province’s water-intensive agricultural industry, economic growth and the long-term sustainability of critical provincial eco-systems.

Developing this kind of policy is most effective when accompanied by an informed public debate of all the pertinent issues and a consultation process that allows for genuine expression of the needs and priorities of all stakeholders, including the environment, followed by thoughtful consideration of a broad range of alternatives.... Read more »


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