Creating Safe Cities for Salmon
A joint research study at the Pacific Water Research Center (PWRC), with funding from the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) and Mitacs, Creating Safe Cities for Salmon: Exploring How Government Policy Aligns with the Salmon-Safe Urban Standards, identifies salmon friendly urban development policies that will advance progressive land and water management in the Lower Mainland. learn more →
Bottled Water Sellers Beware: This Student is Coming for you
Bottled water producers will be watching warily to see where 21-year-old Mireta Strandberg-Salmon chooses to do her graduate studies. In 2017, she led her high school, Moscrop Secondary in Burnaby, B.C., to ban vending machine sales of bottled water. In January 2021, her student-led “Ban the Bottle” campaign persuaded Simon Fraser University, where more than 33,000 bottles of water were sold yearly, to follow suit. learn more →
The Ethics of Water
Our attitudes and value systems affect the decisions we make, individually and collectively, around water. Do you think of water as a basic human right, as duty-based ethicists assert, or should our moral priority be to maximize benefits and minimize costs, thereby choosing to prioritize utilitarian efficiency of water management and distribution? learn more →
Water Security and Future Pandemics
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the deep challenges of water security in many parts of the world. I argue that the shocks brought to our society as a result of this pandemic demonstrate the urgent need for a greater level of preparedness against future pandemics. learn more →
W12+Exchange: Leading the Way for Water Security During COVID-19: Feb 4, 2021
On February 4, 2021 the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre is speaking on a panel of experts on water security issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first three W12+ events of 2021 are part of the new W12+ Accelerator, “Breaking the Cycle: COVID-19 and Water Insecurity”, which dives into the complex interactions of water scarcity driving a global pandemic and the consequent water insecurity driven by the pandemic in urban settings. A series of two online panels followed by a hybrid online and in-person Drive-In will bring together diverse perspectives on these issues with a dual focus on COVID-19 as a driver of water scarcity and water scarcity as a key driver of COVID-19 spread. learn more →
Green Infrastructure (GI)
PWRC Green Infrastructure projects aim to build on green infrastructure best practices by fostering strong multi-disciplinary networks of professionals to analyze institutions and encourage technical and legislative innovations. Green infrastructure (GI) has been identified by UN-Water and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as essential to climate change adaptivity and promoting global water security, yet few municipalities have made significant advances in GI implementation (Bowder, 2019; Revi, 2014). The Pacific Water Research Center is undertaking research on Green Infrastructure to help municipalities harness the many potential benefits of GI systems related to water security and urban well-being, such as rainwater management, improved mental health, habitat restoration, improved air quality, shoreline resiliency, and a reduction of the urban heat island effect. learn more →
Re-Use for Good
As of January 2021, thanks to increased access to water bottle filling stations around our campuses, we are now phasing out single-use plastic water bottles in vending and dining areas. Resolve to bring your refillable water bottles to help reduce the impact of single-use plastics around our campuses. learn more →
The first three W12+ events of 2021 are part of the new W12+ Accelerator, “Breaking the Cycle: COVID-19 and Water Insecurity”, which dives into the complex interactions of water scarcity driving a global pandemic and the consequent water insecurity driven by the pandemic in urban settings.
A joint research study between the Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) and the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) points to the need for engaging municipal governments and the general public in better understanding the use of nature-based solutions for preventing water pollution and protecting salmon. Read the report here.