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  • The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy | Blue Economy Initiative
    water strategy is good for business July 27 2012 The 3rd Annual Canadian Water Summit Report July 23 2012 Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy but future spending new initiatives unclear July 16 2012 Canadian water needs value proposition for management to rise July 11 2012 Let s Give it Currency A new report attempts to determine water s dollar value to the Canadian economy November 10 2011 1

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  • Clueless but contented: Canadians and water | Blue Economy Initiative
    Canadians like me whose chronic reloading practices were helping save water energy and money And lo and behold 37 of us reload the dishwasher that s almost 4 out of 10 households with reloaders But get this only 13 of Canadians have an inkling that someone in their house is re doing their work That I totally get I wait until my partner Terry is out of the kitchen before my re loading begins which I have to confess I undertake with an attitude that s half exasperation and half self righteousness Shameful secrets We cover a range of water issues in the poll and ask about shameful water behaviours like Who takes the longest showers What water wasting behaviours are the most irritating Who is most embarrassed to order tap water in restaurants How many people take an extra long shower just to relax The answers young people 18 34 when people water down their driveway in the summer young Torontonians and 21 of all Canadians Love that driveway Some of the questions in our poll might look oddball on the surface but our more serious ones actually expose some deeper rooted misconceptions about water in Canada For example one of the biggest sources of water pollution in urbanized areas is when storm water runs off hard impermeable surfaces like roads parking lots buildings and driveways Turns out that almost half of Canadians prefer a paved impermeable driveway rather than grass or permeable paving stones This makes sense in Canada I suppose given it s probably easier to shovel snow from an evenly paved surface than from cobble stones I live in a condo so what do I know But even after hearing that permeable surfaces reduce the negative implications of storm water runoff 53 of the paved driveway lovers said they wouldn t part with their pavement That number increases significantly among men over 55 go figure Municipal Infrastructure We hope our annual poll provides useful information to those who are responsible for maintaining our municipal water systems and incidentally 84 of Canadians think their municipality is doing a good job of providing good quality water Here s a finding that surprised us A whopping 78 of Canadians think that their local water infrastructure is in good condition needing only minor investment for upkeep That may not be a surprising statistic but it s a real head scratcher when you consider that four out of ten 42 confess that they re actually not very aware of the condition of the water and sewage infrastructure serving their home So what exactly are they basing their opinions on one has to wonder And given this how hard will it be for municipalities to defend and pay for the estimated 80 billion required to replace drinking water wastewater and storm water infrastructure that s been identified by municipalities themselves as less than good For more on this visit Canada as the Water Solutions Country Defining the Opportunities In many municipalities water

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  • How Blue is Your Bottom Line? | Blue Economy Initiative
    future spending new initiatives unclear July 16 2012 Canadian water needs value proposition for management to rise July 11 2012 Let s Give it Currency A new report attempts to determine water s dollar value to the Canadian economy November 10 2011 1 of 2 next News Multimedia Other Related News How Blue is Your Bottom Line PRINT University of Toronto August 28 2012 Workshop September 18 and 19 2012 Join Nicholas Parker Chair of the Blue Economy Initiative the morning of September 19th in a panel discussion The Radical Rethink How should water be managed in the future facilitated by Kerry Freek of Water Canada This panel is part of a two day workshop How Blue is Your Bottom Line to take place on September 18 19th 2012 The course is hosted by the University of Toronto s School of the Environment in partnership with Water Canada Magazine and Tangerine Tango with support from Corporate Knights and GTAA Partners in Project Green Click here for workshop agenda Description Growing water demand is a critical business security and environmental issue Increased energy production consumes significant amounts of a most precious resource In turn the provision of water consumes more energy

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  • UN 'Water for Life' Best Water Management Practices Award | Blue Economy Initiative
    Water Summit Report July 23 2012 Improvements made under Water for Life Strategy but future spending new initiatives unclear July 16 2012 Canadian water needs value proposition for management to rise July 11 2012 Let s Give it Currency A new report attempts to determine water s dollar value to the Canadian economy November 10 2011 1 of 2 next News Multimedia Other Related News UN Water for Life Best Water Management Practices Award PRINT UN Water August 24 2012 The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action Water for Life 2005 2015 UN Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication UNW DPAC and the UN World Water Assessment Programme WWAP have announced the 3rd edition of the Water for Life UN Water Best Practices Award on behalf of UN Water The purpose of the Award is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water related issues by 2015 through recognition of outstanding best practices that can ensure the long term sustainable management of water resources and contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed goals and targets contained in the Millennium Development Goals MDGs Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation The

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  • Other related news | Blue Economy Initiative
    a much higher level of consumption of food energy natural resources and industrial products all of which will also increase the demand for water Add the expected impact of climate change on the distribution and availability of water which could leave large numbers of people facing severe water stress and the threats of drought and floods to food production and it s clear water is the most serious challenge we face We can substitute batteries for oil in automobiles but there is no substitute for water So we face a water stressed world Need however equals opportunity The challenge is for Canada to contribute to water strategies and help the world meet the global water challenge How do we utilize our strengths the excellence of our engineering and technical graduates our proven academic research capabilities and our innovative companies that can deliver water goods and services to build up a strong water sector to generate new jobs and competitive companies while helping to meet the overarching global challenge Steps for a world water strategy First Canadians need to raise the level of understanding not only among policymakers but also among the wider public that there is an enormous challenge facing the world and that there is also a significant opportunity for Canada by strengthening our research base and the strength of our companies This is the first great challenge to identify our water champions who will provide the leadership to make Canada a water solutions country These champions must come not only from academia and our clean water companies but also from the user community our municipalities and businesses that need a safe and reliable water supply Water users have a significant stake in a solutions strategy There is the risk of complacency due to a widespread public assumption that Canada s abundant water supply means we don t face water challenges Yet Canada itself faces challenges to improve water quality and sanitation performance meet the threats of droughts and floods in agricultural lands ensure the efficient and sustainable use of water in energy and mining industries meet the water needs of First Nations and improve water efficiency and conservation technologies and practices in the economy and society Meeting domestic challenges through innovative solutions will strengthen the research base and the capabilities and competitiveness of Canadian water companies This means efforts to balance federal and provincial budgets must not come at the expense of research or improvements in water infrastructure Cutting these investments would mean a weaker future Canadian economy Research and infrastructure spending are investments in a more secure and sustainable future Ensuring water quality standards stretch water users including municipal water and wastewater systems and water intensive industries to meet world leading standards is another effective way to drive innovation and develop new skills Leading edge water quality and efficiency standards and full cost pricing would create a market for innovative water solutions It is important that the water user community be an early adopter of new technologies

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  • To Market We Go | Blue Economy Initiative
    companies federal and state agencies agricultural organizations academia the private sector and other industry organizations Fox leads the Ohio River Basin Trading Project the world s largest water quality trading project operating under a common trading plan At full scale it could include up to eight states in the Ohio River Basin and would potentially create credit markets for 46 power plants thousands of wastewater facilities and other industries and approximately 230 000 farmers In August 2012 Indiana Kentucky and Ohio signed a plan to be the first to implement water quality pilot trades Seizing the opportunity in Canada Water quality trading tools such as offsets and credits are rare but not new in Canada In fact one of the most successful and globally recognized programs originates with South Nation Conservation SNC a watershed based organization in eastern Ontario The South Nation River watershed supports farming along with regular municipal water usage and at times the watershed has exceeded the provincial water quality objective for phosphorus in some cases rising to over four times the limit In response SNC developed and implemented a water quality trading program called Total Phosphorus Management TPM as part of its Clean Water Program TPM allows dischargers to release excess phosphorus into the waterways as long as they offset the increased load by helping to control phosphorus from non point sources such as agricultural runoff Agreements with SNC stipulate that dischargers will pay a specific amount of money in exchange for credits The Clean Water Program awards those funds to projects designed to prevent phosphorus from entering the watercourse such as barnyard runoff control Reducing the overall load to the treatment plants protects the watershed and the program achieves environmental economic and social benefits According to Environment Canada cost benefit studies conducted in the watershed estimate that the cost of removing phosphorus through the TPM program is 1 200 per kilogram compared to 2 000 per kilogram for traditional wastewater treatment methods The TPM has leveraged over 100 000 since the year 2000 for the Clean Water Program to implement phosphorus reduction projects which have stimulated economic development in many sectors including consulting permitting construction labour and equipment and materials Movement and pick up Ontario s Regional Municipality of York is also considering phosphorus offsets Due to the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and associated Phosphorus Reduction Strategy there are limits placed on each of the 15 sewage treatment plants around the lake If you have population growth you have more phosphorus says Adrian Coombs s enior project manager for the Region s Upper York Sewage Solution UYSS project a treatment plant aimed at accommodating expected growth in the area Coombs says her team is looking at several options for offsets including removing septic tanks from within 100 metres of a watercourse or rebuilding or retrofitting stormwater management ponds built in the mid 1990s It s up to the Ministry of Environment MOE to set the ratio she says If you re discharging one kilogram above

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  • Water Needs a Radical Rethink | Blue Economy Initiative
    the term and the private investment and advisory business Parker is Chair of the Blue Economy Initiative BEI a project with a vision to position Canada as a global leader in water sustainability The Royal Bank of Canada the Canadian Water Network and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation founded the Blue Economy Initiative in 2011 Our challenge is to explain water scarcity to Canadians and our opportunity is to service the planet says Parker The world water market is currently valued at US 400 billion and projected to reach 1 trillion by 2020 He compares Canada s progress in this market to countries such as the Netherlands Israel and Singapore all making a big splash in the marketplace We tend to be a little slow in the emerging green economy The BEI hopes to change that Within the next decade a third of the planet is going to be living in areas that are water scarce It s a reality that puts Canada with its relative abundance of water in a good position to export its management and technological expertise We can t just pull up the drawbridge and say good luck he says That doesn t seem to fit in with our ethic as citizens If we re good stewards of the water we have we can make things that the world needs and provide exportable excellence in our innovative approaches and technologies That s the essential thesis Parker says translating water s value into raw economics is the first big challenge BEI s first report Running Through Our Fingers tackles the question Authored by Brock University economists Steven Renzetti and Diane Dupont and author Chris Wood the 2011 paper reveals that we don t have the information we need to know how much water contributes to the

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  • Building a "Blue Brand" | Blue Economy Initiative
    conserving this essential resource Nicholas Parker Chair of the Blue Economy Initiative will speak about the benefits and opportunities of a blue economy at the upcoming Canadian Water Summit in June A forum to build a sustainable water future On June 28 CWS will bring together a mix of business government academic and non profit leaders from across the country to provide a thought provoking forum for delegates to explore water and economic issues across industry sectors Calgary is the host city for this year s summit with the water food energy nexus as its central theme The event is a project of the Innovolve Group a sustainability consultancy that seeks to help unlock Canada s potential to become a world leader in water management expertise and innovation This goal resonates with our own Blue Economy Initiative work and vision Anthony Watanabe President and CEO of Innovolve and founder of CWS clearly articulates We are on a bold mission to build a blue brand for Canada Watanabe sees the Summit as just one part of a multifaceted approach to creating a sustainable water future Forward thinking government policies are also currently being developed at regional and municipal levels across the country As business and government leaders We have a shared opportunity to build on Canada s rich history of both stewardship and clean tech and meet the demand for business innovation in response to global water challenges he says The World Economic Forum has identified water as a key global risk particularly with respect to energy and food production Western Canada is a perfect microcosm in which to situate our regional water food energy context within the larger global perspective adds Watanabe Panel to highlight shared opportunities for water leadership One of the CWS panels is set to feature three

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