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: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/. 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.
MNL Regional Workshops
Please look forward to the water project presenting at a MNL regional workshop near you! These workshops are taking place in the Winter of 2014. At each workshop we will be presenting a session on our results so far and enlisting comments from municipalities. Stay tuned for more information disseminated to you through MNL regarding these workshops or visit the MNL wesbite: http://www.municipalnl.ca/?Content=Events/Meetings_Workshops
Water Operators Survey Closing
Our survey released to water operators in October 10, 2013 is being closed on March 7, 2014. This survey was distributed through the MNL list serv and at various PMA and MNL events. If you are administrator who is unsure if your water operator has completed this survey feel free to e-mail Sarah Minnes at email@example.com for verification. Please stay tuned for a report being released in the near future outlining the results of the survey for administrators that was released in July 2013 and closed in September 2013.