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Coverage of watersheds since January 27, 2024.

‘Scary situation': Unprecedented snowpack lows raising B.C. drought concerns

"...Hill said he thinks provincial responses to drought management are improving, but a more aggressive approach is needed. He recommends implementing water restrictions for residents and businesses sooner — before the drought hits “crisis” levels — as well as increased support for First Nations, communities, farmers and landowners to improve the land's natural water retention and develop watershed resilience. He also suggested more wetland restoration projects, keeping forest cover intact, and cracking down on unlicensed water use..."


B.C. salmon affected by low snowpack

"...There are major concerns about how bad the drought will be this year in B. C. and what it will mean for salmon..."


B.C. snowpack about 40% below normal, as Eby worries of 'dramatic drought conditions'

"...Eby says he's “really worried” about the coming summer, and the only thing that “eclipses” his concern about drought is watching atmospheric rivers of rain sweep over California, causing landslides and flooding that have killed several people..."


Cambridge testing flood wall on Main Street Bridge 50 years after historic Galt flood

"...The flood wall was put in place following the 1974 Galt flood, which was one of the largest floods ever recorded in the Grand River watershed..."


BC Energy Regulator warns of potential water restrictions for oil, gas operators

"...The energy regulator says the drought during last summer and fall is impacting streamflows and groundwater levels on top of the lower-than-average snowpack..."


Redboine Watershed District has funds to help give away, and want landowners to know about it

"...The workshops cover many different activities related to anything from nitrogen management practices, rotational grazing practices, water retention projects, erosion mitigation, and shelterbelts, noted Hunnie.  ..."


New coal mine proposed for B.C. Rockies

"...advagg_mod_2_check();Steel production is responsible for an estimated 11 per cent of global CO2 emissions and under the International Energy Agency’s net-zero emissions scenario, the steel industry’s emissions intensity must fall by about a quarter by 2030. The public comment period is open for NWP Coal Canada's proposed project to mine coal in B. C..."


Contamination from old Alberta coal mines raises cleanup questions

"...The findings, by provincial government scientists who were not made available to speak to reporters, raise questions about who is responsible for cleaning up legacy industrial sites. “Our results reveal novel evidence that coal mining activities in the Crowsnest River watershed have been impacting ecosystems downstream for decades,” says the paper, published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution. Its three authors, all employed by Alberta Environment and Protected Areas when the research was conducted, studied the Grassy Mountain and Tent Mountain sites in southwestern Alberta..."


Contamination from old Alberta Rockies coal mines raises cleanup questions

"...“Our results reveal novel evidence that coal mining activities in the Crowsnest River watershed have been impacting ecosystems downstream for decades,” says the paper, published recently in the journal Environmental Pollution..."


Atmospheric rivers still coming, flood watch added for Sumas: B.C. forecast centre

"...Environment Canada has downgraded a rainfall warning for parts of Metro Vancouver, but British Columbia's River Forecast Centre has added a flood watch for the Sumas area as a series of atmospheric rivers deluge the province's South Coast..."


UBC researchers say ending clear-cut logging could reduce flood risks

"...When we take a look at what happened upstream of these towns and the watersheds draining to these towns, you find excessive clear-cut logging that has been happening, said Younes Alila, a hydrologist with the UBC Faculty of Forestry..."


Flood warnings issued for New Hamburg, Ayr

"...GRCA says that between 30-60 mm of rain fell over the watershed since Tuesday and, combined with above freezing temperatures, has created flood prone conditions..."


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A Photographic Journey into the Metro Vancouver Watershed.

"...Underwater Photography book featuring Salmon in the Urban Environment in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada..."

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Recent episodes that mention watersheds.

Details released for climate action funding for Saskatchewan producers

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"...Farmers and ranchers interested in accessing funding through the Prairie Watershed Climate Program should get ready to submit their projects in early August, saysLynne Roszell, with the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about watersheds.

Will Ontario's Big Pipe Be Bad for the Great Lakes? | The Agenda

"...The Ford government's plans for development in York Region include upgrading wastewater infrastructure to move millions more litres of water out of the Lake Huron watershed, and eventually down to Lake Ontario every day..."


Vital Sites Fred M. Packard Award 2021 - Online Ceremony

"...RAMBALDI (Brazil), for her work to establish the So Joo River Watershed Environmental Protection Area in Rio de Janeiro State, now designated as a federal protected area of 150,000 hectares, among a rich list of other achievements..."


What Salt Concentrations in Surface Water Suggest about Frackings Environmental Impact

"...The discovery of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is considered by many to be the most important change in the energy sector since the introduction of nuclear-generated electricity more than 50 years ago..."


2020 Fish wheel operations at the Big Bar landslide response in British Columbia

"...While the nature-like fishway remains the primary method to move salmon over the Big Bar landslide, this supplementary technology supports radio tagging and emergency enhancement efforts and, if required, the collection of fish for trap and transport activities..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about watersheds relevant to the latest news.

Identification of groundwater recharge and flow processes inferred from stable water isotopes and hydraulic data in Bilate Rive

"...This study investigates the groundwater recharge sources and groundwater flow paths using the stable water isotopes (?18O and ?2H) and measured groundwater levels in the Bilate River watershed, Ethiopia..."


Groundwater vulnerability mapping of hyper-humid urban aquifers for an improved water management in African megacities, opportu

"...The paper ends with clear recommendations to align land uses, landscape and groundwater protection in order to improve the quality of the drinking water supply for urban populations..."


Spatio-temporal evaluation of surface water quality of Tawi watershed in the Himalayan region of Jammu (J&K, UT) using

"...In the present work, an investigation was performed based on the genera and species stated in Palmer pollution index to show the extent of organic pollution in the surface water of the Tawi watershed in the Jammu province of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir using algal pollution indices..."


A Landscape-Scale Comparison of Wetlands Associated with Surface Coal Extraction and Naturally-Occurring Wetlands in the Centra

"...We inventoried naturally-occurring wetlands and wetlands associated with surface mining in the Guest River watershed in Wise County, Virginia, USA, one of the most heavily surface-mined watersheds in the Virginia coalfields..."


Simulation of the dynamics of water resources in the Hirmand watershed under economic and environmental scenarios

"...The results show that scenarios like increasing irrigation efficiency, reducing evaporation loss, reducing cultivation area, adopting an optimal cropping pattern, and Afghanistan?s adherence to Iran?s water rights increase water resources and reduce water shortage..."


Monitoring and Evaluating the Severity of Drought-flood Abrupt Alternation Events Using Daily Standardized Precipitation Index

"...A drought-flood abrupt alternation (DFAA) event is an extreme combination of an overlapping drought and flood resulting in adverse impacts on ecosystems and human society..."


Environmental Assessment of Admixtures and Stone Powder in Cement Concrete

"...The environmental impact of concrete mixtures was evaluated in terms of embodied energy, carbon footprint, and cost analysis of different concrete mixes and compared with the plain mix..."


Response of stream water quality to the vegetation patterns on arid slope: a case study of Huangshui River basin

"...Those results revealed the response of stream water quality to vegetation patterns on the slope with the consideration of precipitation, land use, and socio-economic factors for the regional water and land resource allocation..."


Geospatial technology based morphometric analysis and watershed prioritization of lower Satluj basin in India for groundwater r

"...The decision-making authorities can utilise the findings to plan and carry out watershed management actions towards the better practices to establish new recharge structures to enhance the groundwater recharge potential in this region..."


Plot-size runoff and sediment yield affected by the type of geological formations and implications for water erosion in a semi-

"...Examining the relationship between factors affecting the amount of sediment production is essential in understanding the erosion process and watershed response..."


A framework for modeling an agronomic system?s vulnerability to climate change with reflections from the Caspian coastal agro-e

"...In this research, using a framework for modeling the agronomic system vulnerability to climate change, vulnerability assessment under different scenarios was conducted for the Gorganrud River Basin located in the agro-ecological zone of the Caspian coastal plain of Iran..."