Stay tuned for additional details on two upcoming ESAM Lunch ‘n Learns presented by Dr. Graham Gagnon of Dalhousie University, including:
1) January 17, 2018: Lake Recovery: Understanding the Impacts of Lower Sulphate Deposition on Nova Scotia Lakes, presented by Dr. Graham Gagnon of Dalhousie University Many N.S. surface waters are considered to be sensitive to acid deposition (acid rain) attributed to the long-range transport of pollutants (e.g. SO2) emitted by power generating processes in eastern Canada the United States. Accordingly, acid rain control programs have resulted in substantial reductions in SO2 emissions. As a result, some lakes throughout N.S. have shown signs of recovery from acidification as evidenced by increasing pH and organic matter with no corresponding increase in nutrient loading, and the previously unexperienced occurrence of geosmin and algal blooms. Even lakes with source water protection programs have shown increased productivity. A similar phenomenon has been observed in the U.S. and in Europe, where levels of organic matter have increased by up to 0.15 mg/L/year for some Scandinavian utilities.
This presentation will examined sulfate deposition in Nova Scotia from 1999 to 2015, and its association with increased pH and organic matter in two protected surface water supplies (Pockwock Lake and Lake Major) located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sulfate deposition in the region decreased by 68%, whereas pH increased by 0.1− 0.4 units over the 16-year period. Average monthly color concentrations in Pockwock Lake and Lake Major increased by 1.7 and 3.8 TCU, respectively. Additionally, in 2012− 2013 geosmin occurred in Pockwock Lake, which could have been attributed to reduced sulfate deposition as increases in pH favor more diverse cyanobacteria populations. Overall, this study demonstrated the impact that ambient air quality can have on surface water supplies.
2) February 13, 2018: Emerging Issues with Lead: A Canadian Perspective Following the drinking water tragedy that occurred in Flint, Michigan, many Canada water utilities are asking questions about appropriate ways to address lead in their system. As well, the Canadian media has reviewed lead occurrence at the tap and has many questions regarding lead in drinking water. Lead service lines (LSLs) are still present in Canada represent a major source of lead in drinking water, however replacement of lead service lines is costly and challenging. NDWAC recommendations are calling for complete removal of lead service lines, however most Canadian utilities are unable to remove the private side. This presentation examines some of the latest information concerning lead occurrence from Canadian systems. It also presented survey data collected during a project supported by the Canadian Water Network that examines corrosion control practices in Canada.
Natural Resources Canada
Due to high demand, Natural Resources Canada will be hosting a 2nd WebEx on the Clean Growth program. Join them on Dec 5 at 10 a.m. EST. Register here: http://ow.ly/qmoL30gUVV7
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Webinar Series
Topic: Measuring progress with indicators
Measuring progress with indicators is an important part of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Please join us for this free webinar to hear about the latest indicators and environmental trends.
When: Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 12:30 EST (English session)
Presented by: Sustainable Development Office Environment and Climate Change Canada
Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy Questionnaire
As part of the new Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy (ATIGS) developed by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments, sector working groups are helping to develop sector export strategies, which are expected to be completed early in the new year.
The sector export strategies for Clean Technology and for Infrastructure is currently being developed by a working group comprised of Industry and Government with the help of Kinetic Cubed, who have been commissioned on behalf of ATIGS.This is an opportunity for your organization to have your say on how public funding will support the growth and export of Clean Technology and Infrastructure sectors in Atlantic Canada.NB Tue 5 December 2017 09:00 – 17:00 AST ACOA, Blue Cross Centre, 644 Main Street Moncton, NB E1C 1E2
PEI Wed 6 December 2017 10:00 – 16:00 AST Atlantic Technology Centre, 4th floor Boardroom, 176 Great George Street Charlottetown, PE C1A 4K9
NS Thu 7 December 2017 09:00 – 17:00 AST Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 16th Floor - Litigation Boardroom, 1505 Barrington Street Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
This is a free workshop series, part of the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy (ATIGS), to create a strategy for the Clean Technology sector (morning session) and Infrastructure sector (afternoon session), to help internationalise the offerings of SMEs involved across the region.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development has published an Oceans Day at COP 23 Bulletin. Oceans Action Day, part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, took place on 11 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Participants at Oceans Action Day heard presentations from over 70 speakers, including Heads of State, ministers, and representatives from governments, agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector.
The Coastal Update has been published monthly since 1997 by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC), now known as COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic). Readers may now view achieved issues of the Coastal Update in the COINAtlantic website newsletter section.
ESAM Member Spotlight
ERIS is excited to launch ERIS Xplorer – a powerful, interactive tool for overlaying and analyzing data and map layers. ERIS Xplorer is an add-on product to Database Reports, Topographic Maps, RSC Reports (ON) and our new Physical Setting Report (PSR). You can overlay data and multiple images over current street layers; switch between street, satellite or terrain base layers to more effectively analyze the project property and related data; filter data sources and view only the desired data sources on the map; calculate distance and area; and draw and/or add comments directly to any layer, then print to the PDF for easy sharing between colleagues and clients. The ERIS PSR provides comprehensive information about the physical setting surrounding a site and includes a complete overview of topography as well as hydrologic, geologic and soil characteristics. The location and detailed attributes of oil and gas wells, water wells, and radon are also included for review. WHY ERIS? ERIS is the only company to provide comprehensive data to assess environmental risk for properties throughout all of Canada and the United States. Serving Canada since 1999 and the US since 2013, ERIS is the leading source of current and historical property information in both jurisdictions, meeting criteria set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). ERIS delivers accurate, affordable, on-demand radius database reports and historical products. Since 2017, ERIS now delivers environmental reports for the UK, Wales, Scotland and Australia! ERIS is a ‘one-stop’ shop to obtain all current data and historical information about properties using an online order form - no need to consume travel and research time. Choose from Fire Insurance Maps, Site Plans, Inspection Reports, Topographic Maps, Aerial Photographs, City Directories (for site and for multiple adjacent properties), Land Title (and Historical Title) Searches. Whether a Phase I, Phase II, remediation, loan or insurance assessment, or legal due diligence, connect with ERIS to fulfill all your risk data requirements. For more information, please contact Mike Chester, Regional Sales Manager, Eastern Canada, at 1-866-517-5204 x43709, or 416-510-5205, or visit www.erisinfo.com.
Management without Borders Conference, Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University has extended an invitation to ESAM members to attend the Management Without Borders (MWB) Poster Conference that is taking place on Tuesday, December 5 @ 5:30pm. This annual event showcases the efforts and accomplishments of the Faculty of Management’s graduate students. Dalhousie MWB teams have spent the fall semester working on group projects hosted by public, private and not-for-profit organizations from across Nova Scotia. A list of their partner organizations and their respective project titles can be found below. If you think you’ll be able to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event Details: • Date: Tuesday, December 5 • Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm • Location: LeMarchant Place (LMP) Atrium. The LMP is a building on-campus. The street address is 1246 LeMarchant Street. You can see the location of the venue on this map.
Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management for their School for Resources and Environmental Studies has also extended a gracious invitation to ESAM members to attend the Master of Resource & Environmental Management Graduate Senior Report Presentation on December 6th, 2017. A detailed presentation schedule can be found here. If you think you’ll be able to attend please RSVP to email@example.com. Event Details: • Date: December 6 & 7 • Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm • Location: ROWE Room 1011, 6100 University Avenue
List of Top 5 Articles Read by ESAM Members in November
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