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A City of Iqaluit worker fills a water truck at the Sylvia Grinnell River after authorities ordered the Nunavut capital’s 7,000 residents not to drink the city’s water due to suspected fuel contamination, on Oct. 14, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Casey Lessard)

Iqaluit confirms ‘exceedingly high levels’ of fuel in water supply

Water not safe for cooking or drinking, city says

Reuters –– The Canadian city of Iqaluit said lab results confirmed that fuel had entered its water supply, officials announced Friday. Analysis of samples from one of the city’s water tanks found “exceedingly high levels of various fuel components,” Amy Elgersma, Iqaluit’s chief administrative officer, said, adding it was likely diesel or kerosene. Residents in



U.S.-Canada study makes recommendations for Souris River Basin

A 32-year-old agreement with the U.S. is working well but a few tweaks could improve flooding and water supply issues

An international joint commission will recommend several changes to how the Souris River Basin is managed. The International Souris River Study Board finished its public consultation on its report on the basin on September 7. The board studied a 1989 treaty between the United States and Canada on how they will manage the basin, which

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South-central municipalities, cities fighting to keep water flowing

WORRIES | Struggling dairy farmers not out of water yet, but are being careful, digging new wells, says Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

The water co-op that supplies some water to houses, hospitals, businesses and farms in Morden, Winkler, Altona, Carman and many other south-central communities has been forced to install temporary water intakes in the Red River after water levels fell too low to reliably reach its system. “For us, our life is turned right upside down

Workers unload humanitarian aid from a U.S. military helicopter at the airport at Les Cayes, Haiti on Aug, 18, 2021 after Saturday’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake. (Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero)

Haitians grow impatient for quake aid as hungry crowd gathers

Victims say they still lack food, shelter, clean water; some major hospitals damaged

Les Cayes, Haiti | Reuters — A hungry crowd gathered outside an airport in southern Haiti on Wednesday as people left homeless by an earthquake that killed some 2,000 people voiced anger that government aid was slow to arrive five days after the disaster, leaving many without food and water. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who


One of Al Ayotte’s three water retention dams.

Water retention projects show promise for drought protection

Funds from the MHHC-stewarded GROW trust has allowed watershed districts to ramp up water conservation projects

It was a simple equation for Al Ayotte. It was a dry 2020 summer, and water was seeping out of his sandy-soiled pasture into a drain and flowing off his property. “It doesn’t make sense, and it gets me mad,” he said. “Let’s go reverse. Let’s pile up some water and let the water go

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people.

Algae blooms can endanger livestock

Hot weather can promote blooms which can produce harmful toxins

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock, wildlife and people. The growth of this bacteria is aided by high temperatures. “The hot, dry conditions we are experiencing are perfect for the production of cyanobacteria,” says Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist. Given the current conditions, producers and the public should

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Rains bring second wind to pastures, water supplies

DROUGHT | Many producers got desperately needed rain in the second week of June, but low water concerns have not been totally banished Tyler Fulton’s dugout looks very different from the image of an ever-deepening hole and dwindling water that he posted to Twitter only weeks ago. At the time, the Birtle-area farmer and president of the


A new program will pick up half the costs a producer incurs installing a watering system, up to $10,000.

Province earmarks funds for livestock watering

Program covers dugout improvements, watering systems, and other projects revamping or introducing new livestock watering options

Producers needing to revamp a water source or search out a new one will be able to access some government money for the project. On June 8, the federal and provincial government announced that Manitoba producers will be able to get help for developing water sources. Eligible projects will be retroactive to the start of

The MFGA’s incoming forecast tool will draw from real-time models in 15 sub-watershed districts in the Assiniboine River Basin.

MFGA to develop water forecasting tool

Real-time forecasts for water flows, groundwater and soil moisture are on the way

Producers in the Assiniboine River Basin will be able to check the finer details of water flow for their farms, much as they might check the weather, in the not-so-distant future. The federal government has slated $1.1 million for the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) to develop a virtual forecasting tool for producers to