Knowledge Application Funding Announcement October 2013

October 9, 2013

Over $1.5 million to help Canadian Water Researchers solve national water challenges  

Research will focus on water usage and impacts related to agriculture, municipalities and watersheds

WATERLOO, ON, October 9, 2013 - Canadian Water Network (CWN), the leading national facilitator of multidisciplinary water research and knowledge across Canada, is investing over $1.5 million with Canadian researchers to build on previous research findings to ensure that water managers in Canada can leverage the results into action to help solve existing and future water management challenges.

The research projects will advance water management within three priority areas: water in agriculture and food production, municipal water, and watershed management. The projects are an extension of previous research successes, and will include researchers from over 13 universities across Canada, along with over 35 partners, including NGOs, industry, government and private organizations.

"We continue to invest in projects that will help water managers across a variety of sectors better manage a precious and valuable resource - water," says Bernadette Conant, Executive Director of Canadian Water Network. "Today’s investment will move important results from academia into real world settings by creating tangible solutions to help water managers solve the critical water challenges we face here at home."

The research projects will include, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • developing sustainable watershed management in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin by engaging diverse stakeholders and generating an action plan to aid in policy development and reform;

  • bridging the gap between traditional and technical knowledge around water and wastewater systems in First Nations communities by facilitating dialogue and collaboration between researchers and four Indigenous communities across Canada; and,

  • developing tools to improve municipal water infrastructure to help better prepare for potential impacts of climate change, including water quality, flood control, and water supply.

Projects vary in duration between 12 to 18 months, and started in both September and October, 2013. For a complete list of research projects, please visit our website.


About Canadian Water Network (CWN)

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canadian Water Network ( was created in 2001 by the Networks of Centres of Excellence Program to connect international water researchers with decision-makers engaged in priority water management issues. Canadian Water Network works to harness the expertise of researchers to improve the ability of practitioners and implementers to respond to water challenges.

To arrange an interview with a Canadian Water Network representative or any research team or partners, please contact:

Kathryn Ross
Canadian Water Network
519-888-4567, ext. 37709