Archive: Water Stewardship

Ontario Water Innovation Week

Everglades Foundation hosted a water tech workshop featuring the George Barley Water Prize (GBWP) in downtown Toronto. This included roundtable discussions on the benefits and challenges of implementing phosphorus removal and recovery technologies in the agricultural sector. The GBWP is a competition to develop technology to remove phosphorus from water and return it to a…

Phosphorus Innovation in Holland Marsh

Scientists agree that there are some boundaries in the earth’s ecology that cannot be crossed. One of those is the level of nutrients in our freshwater bodies. The amount of nutrients, particularly phosphorus and nitrogen, that we put into our lakes, rivers, and watersheds has reached the point of critical concern. The effects include loss…

Political Will Necessary for Water Stewardship

With the provincial election approaching, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on water stewardship. Ontario agriculture’s future success will rely on optimal use and management of water for food…

The Easter Season

According to the calendar, spring is here, but we are all wondering when the weather will turn to spring and the soil will turn that light-coloured brown. Most are looking forward to some more heat and warmer weather. For many, this weekend is a time of reflection as Christians remember the gift of salvation through…

Australia’s Water Allocation: Lessons for Ontario

Last week’s Commentary focused on the first of two presentations given at the Provincial Council of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The day’s second presentation was offered by Brent Taylor, a water policy analyst with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Taylor, who also presented at the CFFO’s Water Stewardship Workshop…

Grassroots Water Governance

  Water quality has been getting a lot of attention in Ontario lately, and with good reason. But let’s not forget about water quantity. Variable weather patterns, agricultural water use, and water access rights will have a future impact on Ontario’s farmers. Water quantity is a key policy issue for the Christian Farmers Federation of…

Benefits of Retention Ponds: Tour of Sheridan Nurseries

The CFFO Water Stewardship Task Team went for a tour of Sheridan Nurseries’ Georgetown campus last week to see the innovative water irrigation system and retention pond that Sheridan has installed. We were treated to a tour by Bart Brusse, the Container Manager, and Pieter Joubert, Vice President of Nursery Operations. Retention ponds have many…