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: http://nlwater.ruralresilience.ca/?page_id=17.
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.