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Home Flood Protection Program empowering homeowners to take action

As intense rainfall events continue to increase across Canada, more homeowners should be vigilant about reducing the risk of basement flooding, say University of...
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Winnipeg secures funding for first phase of North End sewage treatment plant overhaul

The North End Sewage Treatment Plant — the City of Winnipeg's oldest and largest — has secured some $213 million for the first of...
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Using rainwater harvesting and stormwater retention to revolutionize residential water management

Collected rainwater from the roofs of homes is stored and filtered before pumping throughout the house for flushing toilets and other outdoor uses.
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Niagara Region works to control unnecessary inflow and infiltration

Inflow and infiltration (I/I) enters wastewater systems through cracked and broken sewer pipes and improperly connected roof and foundation drains.
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New stormwater lift stations provide Calgarians with greater flood resiliency

To provide greater flood protection to Calgary's Sunnyside community in the wake of the devastating 2013 floods, the city planned to upgrade the existing...
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Alberta’s flood-mitigating reservoir moves closer to approval

Alberta’s $423-million Springbank off-stream reservoir flood mitigation project has been approved by the federal Minister of the Environment, following a greenlight as the first...
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New Natural Infrastructure Fund will offer cities $20M for green projects

A new $200-million Natural Infrastructure Fund is set to invest in large-scale projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to protect the environment. As part...
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Constructing a new child care facility directly above its stormwater system

The belowground stormwater system was installed in the early stages of construction. A solution was required to protect it from ground pressure exerted by cranes.
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Dealing with the challenges of cleaning municipal sewer and stormwater lines

Operators cleaning municipal sewer and stormwater lines face a host of challenges. These include having to clean kilometres of line in the most efficient...
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New tool allows municipalities to apply modelling to stormwater mitigation options

A new online screening tool allows municipalities to make planning decisions for green and grey stormwater infrastructure management scenarios through a life cycle cost...
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Pipeline design provides stormwater runoff control for West Vancouver neighbourhood

When completed, the project will increase the level of flood protection for homes below the Upper Levels Highway. Rerouting the excess stormwater will also reduce erosion, help to safeguard residents and property while accomplishing its original goal of protecting the watershed health of the Five Creeks drainage areas.
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Stormwater funding gap increasingly in the spotlight

Jurisdictions across Canada are experiencing longer and more intense precipitation events as a result of climate change. This has highlighted capacity issues in stormwater infrastructure that go above and beyond the need to rehabilitate existing assets. Stormwater, or urban runoff, has become one of the most significant pollution threats in the eyes of some environmental experts.
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Saint John upgrades combined sewer system that has elements from 1872

Upgrades worth $38.7 million will soon be in the works for part of the combined sewer system in uptown Saint John, where the New...
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US survey suggests $8.5B funding gap for stormwater infrastructure

A second national-scale inquiry into resources and requirements of stormwater management organizations has revealed an annual funding gap of $8.5 billion, according to a...
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Hamilton officials say approvals will make creek cleanup timeline challenging

City of Hamilton officials say it could take nearly a year beyond Ontario’s fall deadline before it’s able to complete the dredging of a...
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Ottawa eyes incentives program to manage residential stormwater runoff

To fight stormwater runoff that can cause erosion and flooding in waterways while degrading water quality and aquatic habitats, the City of Ottawa is...
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Restoring a natural waterbed for a green mixed-use community in Mississauga

A key component of Mississauga’s natural landscape will be returned to its native state through a unique, extensive restoration project that will help revitalize its greenspace. Serson Creek will be restored and returned to its traditional home and be reconnected with Lake Ontario.
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Funding secured for upgrades at two Ontario water facilities

Two small Ontario communities are now set with funding for critical water facility upgrades, the province has announced. Full funding is now available to replace...
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Scientists link tire preservative in stormwater to massive salmon die-offs

After years of research, environmental scientists believe they have identified a link between urban stormwater runoff and substantial annual die-offs of coho salmon after...
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Increasing U.S. wetlands by 10% would double nitrogen removal, study finds

New computer modeling analysis suggests that prioritizing wetland restoration close to heavily farmed areas may remove up to 40 times more nitrogen than the...
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Ontario orders further action on Hamilton’s ‘Sewergate’

In the wake of four years of sewage leaking undetected into a City of Hamilton creek, Ontario has ordered the city to undertake targeted...
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U.K. study touts flooding protection benefits of tree planting

New research from the U.K. suggests that trees, forests and woodlands are a staple of green infrastructure that can enhance soil’s ability to absorb...
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York Region to build new facility to protect Lake Simcoe from phosphorus

Two new major investments through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund in Ontario’s York Region will focus on protection of the water supply, treatment,...
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Alberta town secures funding for next phase of major stormwater project

The Alberta Town of Coaldale has received new funding towards the next stage of the Malloy Drain implementation project, aimed at combating overland flooding...
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Resident fights Alberta’s approval of stormwater draining into sensitive lake system

An environmental law action group has joined an Alberta woman’s challenge of the province’s decision to greenlight stormwater draining into the ecologically diverse Lacombe...
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Two-year study grades Canada ‘C’ for flood preparedness

Canada’s provinces and territories have received a flood preparedness grade of “C”, following a two-year national study led by the University of Waterloo. The university’s...
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Stormwater system installed at B.C. First Nations new mega mall

To control stormwater runoff from two new mega malls in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, a large diameter pipeline was designed and installed under the public roads surrounding the sites.
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Contech StormFilter Achieves ISO 14034 Environmental Technology Verification

Contech® Engineered Solutions announced that the Stormwater Management StormFilter® has been verified in accordance with ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)....
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New funding means even better news for Ontario’s resurgent Lake Simcoe

Following the release of a new 10-year positive milestone report on the health of Lake Simcoe, Ontario’s government is investing $581,000 in four new...
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Urban stormwater runoff can add significantly to phosphorus, heavy metals and other pollutant loadings

In the Lake Simcoe watershed in Ontario, over 30% of phosphorus loadings to the lake are now identified as coming from urban stormwater sources. Less than 3% of total loadings are coming from water pollution control plants.
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Unlocking data from water, wastewater and stormwater systems

Using data from hydrological systems, organizations can properly account for and appropriately allocate water resources while minimizing impacts on the environment.
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New Raven hydrologic modelling software released

A decade in the making, version 3 of Raven, an open-source hydrologic modelling platform used by a number of flood and reservoir forecasting agencies...
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Alberta county invites local kids to adopt and care for storm drains

Residential neighbourhoods can be prone to clogged storm drains from leaves, gravel, litter and yard clippings, so one Alberta county of about 100,000 residents...
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Hamilton report suggests ‘no action’ in wake of CSO creek discharge

Following a provincial order to determine the environmental impact of a four-and-a-half-year long accidental discharge of stormwater runoff and sanitary sewage into Chedoke Creek...
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Manitoba announces wastewater and flood protection investments

Manitoba will provide more than $61 million to support the upgrade of the City of Portage la Prairie’s Water Pollution Control Facility, Premier Brian...
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Report looks to create clear standard for reducing excess I/I for new sewers

A recent report compiles methods that can be applied when sewers are first constructed to limit the risk of leakage, highlighting the need for resilient infrastructure in an age of climate change where extreme rainfall has risen sharply.
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Finding the right stormwater management system for a mixed-use development in North Vancouver

Stormwater management system project for a large multi-family mixed-use development in North Vancouver's Lynn Valley area finds a durable solution that not only protects the development against flooding, but would also work with the site’s unique, tight and hilly profile.
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Medicine Hat chooses reinforced concrete pipe for new stormwater trunk main

Medicine Hat, Alberta, required a new stormwater trunk main to meet the demands of commercial and industrial growth in the city.
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New sensors, data transmission technology improves sewer system management

Historically, sanitary and stormwater systems have been passive, leaving little opportunity to understand their real-time condition and maximize their utility. The availability of systems like those offered by SmartCover is changing that.
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Continuous inflow and infiltration analysis for sewerage systems

As hundred-, even thousand-year storm events increase in frequency, a holistic understanding of wastewater and stormwater systems and their capacities is needed to proactively protect property and assets.
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Stormwater management funding announced for Western Irrigation District

Support for flooding and stormwater management in the Calgary area was announced by Infrastructure Canada for Stage 1 of the Western Irrigation District's Cooperative...
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Improvements in stormwater management spurred by Low Impact Development techniques

Low Impact Development for dealing with stormwater is a concept first advanced in 1990 and can now be seen across North America. Green roofs, bioswales, rain gardens and permeable surfaces are all examples of Low Impact Development (LID).
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Evolution of stormwater management technologies for urban applications

The efficiency of water management systems is at the forefront of every new development and many retrofit developments, as the increased stormwater volumes need to be managed in an efficient manner.
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Land secured for Calgary’s Springbank flood protection project

A project to protect the City of Calgary from future flooding events moved closer to completion with Alberta’s acquisition of 188 hectares of land...
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Kawartha Lakes agrees to new measures after drain maintenance sediment release

The City of Kawartha Lakes, in southeastern Ontario, has agreed to take several measures after a contractor’s drain maintenance work in 2014 released sediment...
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Cloth media filter system chosen to treat combined sewer overflows

One city in the Great Lakes Region had to remedy a consent order filed for its untreated combined sewer overflow discharges.
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Filterra Bioretention System Achieves ISO Verification

Imbrium Systems recently announced that the Filterra® Bioretention System has been verified in accordance with ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification (ETV). The...
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Enviropod and Imbrium release LittaTrap to tackle plastics and trash in Canadian waterways

Enviropod and Imbrium Systems recently introduced the Enviropod LittaTrap™ to tackle the issue of plastics and trash in Canadian waterways. LittaTrap is a low-cost catch...
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Private side standards for sanitary and stormwater sewer infrastructure are woefully inadequate

Unacceptable amounts of inflow and infiltration (I/I) in new construction have been identified as a significant issue, particularly with the advent of more frequent and more intense rainfall events.

Sewage overflow tunnel projects underway in Ottawa, Toronto

Ontario’s two largest population centres, Toronto and Ottawa, are both working on elaborate tunnel projects intended to keep sewage overflow from spilling into local...

Stormwater ponds not a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Stormwater ponds, a ubiquitous feature in developed landscapes worldwide, are not a significant source of climate-warming nitrous oxide, a new study finds.
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Improving large scale flood forecasting and preparation

By monitoring weather and hydrologic conditions municipalities and regions can better respond to extreme weather like floods and improve climate resilience.
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Developing new stormwater treatment designs for trapping contaminants of concern

By Devrim Kaya, Allen P. Davis and Birthe V. Kjellerup For more than 50 years, environmental scientists, natural resource managers and regulatory agencies have recognized...
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Canada’s ETV protocol sets a high bar for evaluating OGS devices

There are many products being marketed as being effective for separation of oil and sediment, however, a closer examination is required to determine if marketing claims really hold up.
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New tool improves Low Impact Development stormwater systems

Free for users, the LID TTT was developed by Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP Water), a partnership between Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Credit Valley Conservation, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

How one Ontario city doubled its stormwater funding

By David Nesseth It took five years of behind-the-scenes legwork before the Ontario city of Mississauga made a dedicated stormwater fee a reality. But now,...
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Lessons learned: Solar projects present unique stormwater management challenges

A review of issues with stormwater management at solar projects, including sediment, impacts that were caused and remedial measures taken.

Stormceptor EF and EFO achieve ISO 14034 Environmental Technology Verification

Imbrium® Systems announced on November 14, 2017, that the Stormceptor EF and Stormceptor EFO have achieved ISO 14034 Environmental Management - Environmental Technology Verification...
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ECO says ‘muscle and metrics’ needed to reverse Ontario’s algal bloom trend

If Ontario hopes to reverse current trends of harmful algal blooms, it needs a guiding principle around stormwater management states a new ECO report.
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Jellyfish Filter receives ISO 14034 Environmental Technology Verification

Imbrium® Systems announced that its Jellyfish Filter achieved ISO 14034 Environmental Management–Environmental Technology Verification (ETV), on August 15, 2017. According to Imbrium, the Jellyfish...
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Wastewater and stormwater management investments in Pilot Butte, SK

Federal, provincial and municipal funding to upgrade and expand wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater management systems in the Town of Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, was...
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Construction company fined for Ontario Water Resources Act violations

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) announced that Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited (TCCL) was fined $220,000 on July 21, 2017, for...

Report says Ontario’s stormwater infrastructure in ‘poor condition’

According to a recent report, stormwater infrastructure in Ontario is in poor condition and under tremendous strain as the number of severe flood events...
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Edmonton evaluates LID stormwater management in cold climate conditions

Low impact development is a stormwater management and land development approach that mimics the natural hydrological cycle to manage stormwater.
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New commercial development meets Moncton’s strict stormwater runoff regulations

To satisfy the city’s Zero Net Increase for Stormwater Runoff Law, the underground system used 87 StormTech® MC-3500 chambers.
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New reports on stormwater fees and soil health in Ontario

Speaking at an environmental and green infrastructure event on November 15, 2016, Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), released a technical paper:...
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Sustainable and equitable stormwater funding: a British Columbia case study

With aging infrastructure, lack of preventative maintenance, and more instances of failures, municipalities are reviewing their stormwater funding systems.
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Lafarge to manufacture StormTrap products in Western Canada

StormTrap, a provider of stormwater management systems, and Lafarge Canada, Inc. have entered into a licensing and manufacturing agreement.

Concrete cloth is an emerging technology for culvert remediation

In a 2005 study by the National Research Council of Canada, researchers found that social costs can add up to 400% of construction costs. This is particularly relevant when culverts are in high traffic areas or buried deeply.

Benefits from low impact development stormwater management

Stormwater has traditionally been collected by storm sewer networks and conveyed to downstream centralized permanent pool stormwater management (SWM) ponds. There it is treated...

Environment Canada reviewing Montreal’s raw sewage plan

A review by Environment Canada's is the latest development in the controversy surrounding Montreal's plan to dump sewage into the St. Lawrence River.
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Toronto examines a new stormwater management approach

A Toronto based group is building a network of facility-level water projects to alleviate the burden on municipal stormwater management infrastructure.

Risks of legal liability for stormwater management

Flooding related lawsuits against municipalities, conservation authorities and governments, show the legal risks associated with stormwater management.

Precast concrete structures used for Toronto stormwater retention tank

Major Stormwater Retention Tank Installation Method By Adam Polski  Constructing massive precast concrete structures with CON/SPAN® provides choices for design engineers and assembly options for contractors. The...

Trending rainfall measurement for its impact on municipal infrastructure

The consequence of climate change is an increase in vulnerability for existing infrastructure.

Assessing stormwater treatment facility performance

The City of Edmonton's comprehensive stormwater treatment quality control strategy removed over 100,000 kg of sediment from stormwater runoff in 2013.

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