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Water Project 2016

Please note this site is no longer regularly maintained. That being said, drinking water research projects in NL and beyond continue to be associated with the 2013-2014 Rural Drinking Water Project. For example, currently Sarah Minnes (former project coordinator) is working with Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador as their Water Liaison. To see presentations from Municipal Drinking Water Workshops that took place in Corner Brook (June 10, 2016) and St. John’s (June 13, 2016), click here.

Summer of Water Research

Vodden’s research on drinking water quality in rural communities across the province was recently featured in Grenfell’s Summer of Research series. The final report was released in 2014 and identified surprising realities of drinking water quality across the province. Vodden encourages other Memorial researchers to come together and address the issues of drinking water quality across the province in an inter-disciplinary fashion. To read the story, click here.

Article in Newfoundland Quarterly

The 2015 summer issue of the Newfoundland Quarterly features an article written by project coordinator Sarah Minnes about the findings of the project thus far. To read this article click here.

Water Project at 2015 MNL Symposium

Dr. Kelly Vodden presented at the Rural Forum on May 1st on drinking water solutions alongside Craig Pollett, CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to read an article about this presentation printed in the Gander Beacon.

World Water Day 2015

For the second year in a row, the Exploring Solutions for Sustainable Rural Drinking Water Systems  research project, on behalf of the Environmental Policy Institute at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, participated in World Water Day celebrations. Research assistants Belizario Carballo and Lindey Touzel discussed source water protection measures and watershed dynamics with over 100 local students at Corner Brook City Hall on March 20, 2015. Other  participating organizations included Ducks Unlimited, Bonne Bay Marine Station, Humber ACAP, Qalipu First Nation, Red Cross and the City of Corner Brook. Please click here for pictures from the day.

Moving Forward Towards Solutions

The water project has been busy this week with the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) Western Regional workshop on February 21, 2015, as well as a presentation at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper’s  Public Advisory Committee meeting on February 25, 2015. The aim now with the project is to discuss context specific solutions with communities and determine what is needed to move forward with drinking water challenges in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to see the Western Star article on the Western regional workshop. The project will be attending MNL’s Northern, Avalon, Eastern and Central workshops over the next month.

MNL Summary Report Released

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador has recently released to their members a summary report of the Water Project’s final report. To access this summary document click here.

Final Report Gains Media Attention

The final report for this project was released on November 27, 2014.  Since then we have gained media attention from CBC and VOCM radio. On December 1, 2014 Sarah Minnes (project coordinator) was on CBC’s CrossTalk discussing findings of the report with Ramona Dearing. Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador’s CEO Craig Pollett was also on CrossTalk on December 3, 2014 responding to Sarah’s interview. Click here for the CBC article regarding findings of the report.

On December 4, 2014 Sarah Minnes was on VOCM radio talking about the final report and implications for water quality. Click here for more on that story.

On Dec 12, 2014 Sarah Minnes was on CBC’s West Coast Morning Show talking about the report and issues specific to the west coast region.


Final Report Released

The final project report has now been released. Click here to read the report. Click here to visit the Face Forward story about this report.

If you are interested in drinking water in rural NL click here for links to other reports and resources that have come out of this project.

Rural Forum Sparks Western Star Article

On October 8th, Dr. Kelly Vodden and Sarah Minnes presented at the first ever Rural Forum, led by Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to see the article in the Western Star about  this presentation. For the presentation slides as well as responses from the crowd concerning priorities moving forward click here.

Water Project Goes Coast to Coast

During the week of September 22, 2014 the Water Project travelled to St. John’s, NL and then to Prince George, BC to present on findings from the project. In St. John’s the Harris Centre hosted the project team members for a “Synergy Session” where MUN academics and Provincial representatives met to discuss the findings of the project and moving forward with future drinking water research, policy and practice.  Later that week in Prince George, BC at the 2014 CRRF conference,  team members presented on overall project findings (click here for the presentation) and the comparative NL/BC regional approaches project (click here for the presentation).

Project Profiled in Water Canada

Please check out the online article about the project profiled in the September/October 2014 issue of Water Canada:

Team Member Receives Award at IMFE Conference

Research team member Kalen Thomson, a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicines applied health services research within the division of community health and humanities was recently presented with the CAWQ Philip H. Jones Award for top presentation from a student at the 2014 International Marine and Freshwater Environments Conference (iMFE) in St. John’s. For more on Kalen’s research click here.


IMFE 2014

Rural NL Drinking Water Project team members were present at the International Marine and Freshwater Environments Conference in St. John’s, NL on August 8, as presenters in the special session on “Water Safety and Public Health”. The first part of this session was chaired by Dr. Kelly Vodden and Sarah Minnes.  Kalen presented in the first session. His presentation was entitled, “Potential Health Risks of Contaminants in Private Groundwater Sources in Newfoundland and Labrador”. Dr. Maura Hanrahan also presented a paper in the first session.  Maura’s paper entitled “Water Insecurity in Indigenous Canada: A Case Study of Illness, Neglect, and Urgency”, was co-authored with Dr. Atanu Sarkar of Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine and Amy Hudson of NunatuKavut Community Council.  Maura chaired the second part of the session for  team members Dr. Kelly Vodden and Sarah Minnes. Sarah gave a presentation entitled, “Sustainable Drinking Water Management- A Tall Order for Municipal Governments”, which covered overall findings from the NL Rural Drinking Water Project. Kelly gave a presentation entitled, “Water Security and the Role of Community Organizations and Residents in Indian Bay”. This presentation was co-authored by MAEP student Steve Holisko. Kelly, Sarah, Maura and Kalen’s presentations and papers from the conference can be found at: For pictures of the event click here.

Water Project at MNL Symposium

The Water Project had a strong presence this year at the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador Symposium. The Symposium took place from May 1-3, 2014 at Hotel Gander. The Water Project was able to have an interactive booth that displayed preliminary findings from the survey and case studies as well as profile the work our interns are doing. This included interactive maps displaying drinking water data, posters and research from community health concerning human health impacts of contaminated drinking water and our engineering student displaying small scale treatment options for disinfectant-by products. We even had a chance to host a focus group with some keen councillors and mayors on the realities of regional approaches to drinking water management. It was a great success. To view the posters displayed at the booth as well as other presentations by the project, please visit the resources tab of this website.

The Water Project Goes National!

From March 3-7, 2014 two members of the water project were in Ontario, representing the project for two different events. Sarah Minnes was attending and presenting at the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s conference entitled, Making the Pieces Fit: Facing Water Quality Challenges Together in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Visit the resource tab of the website for Sarah’s presentation at this conference. Team member, Sarah Breen was also in Ontario at that time attending the Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professionals workshop entitled, The Messy World of Policy- making: Science, Stakeholders and Sausage Making, which took place in Ottawa, ON. We are certainly getting ourselves out there as a team and learning great things to bring back to Newfoundland and Labrador.

World Water Day Celebrations a Success!

March 22 is a UN recognized day called World Water Day. For more information about this day please visit the UN’s website at: City of Corner Brook, Grenfell Campus MUN, Ducks Unlimited and ACAP-Humber Arm teamed up to plan two successful water day events on  March 22, 2014. There was a community event hosted at City Hall aimed for children and there was an  “Ode to Water” event at a local theatre hall in Corner Brook that had performers of all kinds (poets, artists, photographers and musicians) taking the stage all in the appreciation and love of water.To see pictures from the day click here.