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Water in Canada: A Resource in Crisis

Water in Canada: A Resource in Crisis    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-926736-04-4
Pages 232
Language English only
Price $29.95
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Written by Hanneke Brooymans.
Published in Canadian Currents, 2011.


Canadians have always been proud of our abundant and pristine lakes and rivers. But is that a true and complete picture or just a fantasy?

With a foreword by world-renowned water expert Dr. David Schindler, Water in Canada makes it crystal clear that the quantity and quality of our freshwater resources are diminishing at an alarming rate. Environmental journalist Hanneke Brooymans examines the effects of human activities on our water, and presents a thought-provoking analysis of our water issues:
  • where Canada's freshwater comes from
  • the impact of climate change on our water resources
  • whether our supply of freshwater now and for the future is healthy and sustainable in the face of increasing urban, agricultural and industrial use
  • threats and concerns including pollution, bottled water pros and cons, boil-water advisories and flawed water treatment systems in our municipalities and First Nations communities
  • what our three levels of government are doing to protect and conserve freshwater—and what they should be doing
  • conflicts related to international water issues including diversion projects that might see our freshwater sold to thirsty states in the U.S.
These and other issues, which have enormous ramifications for future generations of Canadians, receive fair and intelligent treatment in this fascinating and important book for all Canadians.
Water in Canada exposes the many facets of one of the most urgent problems of the 21st century … a must-read.” – Dr. David W. Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology, University of Alberta
About the author: Hanneke Brooymans is an environmental journalist whose volunteer work at bird observatories on Lake Erie and Lake Superior in the 1990s inspired her appreciation for the magnitude and importance of these and other bodies of water. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and a diploma in journalism from Grant MacEwan College. She began working at the Edmonton Journal in 2000, taking over the environmental beat soon after. Hanneke is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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