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CWN's decade of experience has led to the funding of over 140 research projects and initiatives in the areas of watersheds and resource development, municipal water management, and secure source water.  Search the project library to learn about the work of leading Canadian research teams who are shedding light on Canadian water management.

Extending Municipal Water Demand Forecasting Capacities by Incorporating Behavioural Responses

Lead Researcher - Steven Renzetti, Professor, Brock University, 2013 - 2014


Growing urban water demands are putting increasing pressure on the infrastructure of many water agencies, signaling the potential need for greater capital investments. Providing water agencies with enhanced water forecasting capabilities that better reflect water users’ behavior is one way these agencies can address this challenge.

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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, 2013 - 2014


The project team will investigate the uncertainties surrounding the practice of applying biosolids to agricultural lands through both a comprehensive report, and the development of a national consultation workshop and on-line dialogue forum.

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Impacts of Alkaline Stabilized Biosolids Application on Fate and Transport of Emerging Substances of Concern in Agricultural Soils, Plant Biomass and Drainage Water

Lead Researcher - Gordon Price, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, 2013 - 2014


The project team will investigate the impacts of alkaline stabilization on the fate and transport of Emerging Substances of Concern in agricultural soils, plant biomass and drainage water.

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Developing an Open Source GIS-based Integrated Modeling Interface for Watershed Evaluation of BMPs

Lead Researcher - Wanhong Yang, Professor, University of Guelph, 2013 - 2014


This project proposes to develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) -based integrated modeling interface to evaluate Best Management Practices in the Gully Creek watershed to address this opportunity.

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Options for Improved Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Municipal Wastewater in the Canadian Context

Lead Researcher - Jan Oleszkiewicz, Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba, 2013 - 2014


The project team will investigate the unique challenges of nutrient removal and recovery from Canadian municipal wastewater treatment plants. This will be enacted by reviewing existing treatment processes, and methods to improve nutrient removal and recovery, lower emissions, and explore cost competitive approaches.

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Creating Opportunities for Knowledge Mobilization and Coherence among Indigenous Communities and Researchers

Lead Researcher - Khosrow Farahbakhsh, Associate Professor, University of Guelph, 2013 - 2014


This project will explore the translation, development, and presentation of outputs in storytelling formats, and will use storytelling to engage participating Indigenous communities and extend the knowledge and outputs that have contributed to the development of a trading zone.

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Land Application of Municipal Biosolids: Assessment of Ecological Impacts and Characterization of Priority Emerging Substances of Concerns (ESOCs)

Lead Researcher - Lynda McCarthy, Professor, Ryerson University, 2013 - 2015


The interdisciplinary project team will provide the most comprehensive investigation to date on the impacts of municipal biosolids land application on living organisms. This proposed research addresses the critical question: does the presence of biosolids on agricultural land equal adverse environmental impacts?

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Environmental Risks of Engineered Nanoparticles in Municipal Biosolids Applied to Agricultural Lands

Lead Researcher - Subhasis Ghoshal, Professor, McGill University, 2013 - 2015


The research team will investigate whether ingredients from consumer goods, ranging from food products to textiles, in waste biosolids pose an incremental risk to the environment or human health as a result of agricultural application.

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Integrated Sorption Technologies for Recovery of Nitrogen and Phosphorous from Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor Permeates

Lead Researcher - Wayne Parker, Professor, University of Waterloo, 2013 - 2015


The project will focus on the evaluation and development of sorption-based technologies for nitrogen and phosphorus recovery from wastewater streams.

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Application and Assessment of Tools to Determine the Level of Concern of Emerging Contaminants from Municipal Wastewater Effluents on Aquatic Biota in Grand River

Lead Researcher - Mark Servos, Professor, University of Waterloo, 2013 - 2015


The project team will focus on testing a suite of tools at three municipal wastewater impacted sites in the Grand River watershed in Southern Ontario in an effort to inform and support decision makers and practitioners regarding the risks that various wastewater treatment options pose to aquatic ecosystems

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