Nunavut Wastewater Treatment Program

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) developed the Municipal Wastewater Effluent Strategy in 2009.   The Strategy aims to provide a harmonized national framework for managing wastewater.  It was identified that the Far North, due to its extreme climatic conditions and remoteness, would require careful consideration in order to produce a viable means to improve human and environmental health protection. The North was therefore given a 5-year window to conduct... 

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People on project:

Rob Jamieson



ASPIRE -Aquatic Systems Professional and Industrial training for the Restoration Economy






Funded by NSERC-CREATE, the ASPIRE program is a training program in which Masters and PhD students at Dalhousie University are encouraged to develop professional skills while contributing to the development of:

1. Treatment technologies for contaminated aquatic environmental media

2. Methods for the restoration of watershed interactions and hydrologic functioning of altered aquatic system

3. Assessment and monitoring tools for disturbed... 

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Drinking Water Safety Plans - Exploring Options and Obstacles for Small Systems in Canada

The World Health Organization has identified a multiple barrier approach as one of the most effective methods for securing the safety of a drinking water supply. Here, risks within a drinking water supply from catchment to consumer are identified, their impact is evaluated, and a risk management and monitoring plan is developed.
The Centre for Water Resources Studies is involved in two initiatives looking at the implementation and use of a multiple barrier approach. Here... 
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Development And Testing Of Watershed Simulation Models

Watershed simulation models are increasingly being relied on to help direct land-use planning and watershed management activities.  A variety of computer models have been developed to simulate water, sediment, chemical, and microbial transport within both urban and rural watersheds.  However, models must first be calibrated, validated, and possibly refined, in order to be properly applied in a specific geographic setting.   Within this research, we are calibrating and testing the... 

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Microbial Source Tracking In Rural And Urban Watersheds

Identifying and managing microbial water quality at the watershed scale is extremely challenging. There are usually multiple sources of fecal microorganisms, distributed over large geographic areas, and levels of indicator organisms and pathogens are highly variable and dependant on a number of hydrological, biophysical and anthropogenic factors.  Developing the ability to fully characterize human health risks, and identify sources of microbial loading, requires additional... 

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