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Agriculture & Water

Water is a critical input to agriculture and food production systems. As food production increases, many areas of Canada will see a rise in competition for water resources, necessitating more efficient and effective use of water in this sector. The impacts of climate change on agriculture, such as the availability of water and effects of extreme weather, bring to light the significant importance of water to the agri-food sector. The Canadian agri-food sector accounted for $103.5 billion and 6.7 % of GDP in 2012 (Agriculture Canada), making Canada the world’s fifth largest food exporter. As one of the few developed countries in the world that can expand agricultural output in any significant way, we have an important opportunity at hand. From farming operations, to food production, to the management and protection of watersheds and ecosystems supporting these activities, better water management practices can be developed and integrated in ways that provide value and benefit to Canadians.

CWN’s focus in this area include issues of water quality and nutrient management in watersheds, understanding the capabilities of best management practices, and innovations in wastewater treatment from food production. 

CWN Agriculture & Water Projects

Development of Knowledge Translation Tools to Foster the Uptake of Constructed Wetland Technologies to Treat Rural Wastewaters

Lead Researcher - Christopher Kinsley, Professor, University of Guelph

Impacts of Manure Management Practices on Regional Water Resources: Priority Areas, Alternative Management Approaches, Economic Implications

Lead Researcher - David Rudolph, Professor, University of Waterloo

Assessment of Regional Water Resource Impacts from Agriculture: A performance-based Approach to Evaluating Risk, Alternative Practices and Economic Implications

Lead Researcher - David Rudolph, Professor, University of Waterloo

Assessing the Risk from Microbial Contaminants within the Two-year Wellhead Protection Area of a Municipal Well Field in an Agricultural Setting

Lead Researcher - David Rudolph, Professor, University of Waterloo

Assessment of the Potential Risks Associated with the Application of Municipal Biosolids to Agricultural Land in the Canadian Context

Lead Researcher - Lynda McCarthy, Professor, Ryerson University

Treatment of Vegetable Wash-water to Permit Water Recycling

Lead Researcher - Richard Zytner, Professor, University of Guelph