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Heading to a local Ottawa beach this weekend?

It is going to be a hot weekend…thinking of going to a local beach?

 

Before going you might want to check out the local beach water quality results from Ottawa Public Health.

 

Quickly you can review the local beaches, the e-coli levels, and swimming condition. If the conditions warrant it Ottawa Public Health will issue a no swimming advisory.

Stay safe and healthy.

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Bengal tiger seeks shelter.

A family in India came home to find a wild Bengal tiger relaxing on a bed in their home.

It is monsoon season and neighboring Kaziranga National Park is 95% flooded. of course it is not only the tigers ,but the rhinos, elephants, bears, and more are being moved by the flooding.

 

Once the rains begin the animals naturally start moving to higher ground on their own.

Plans were made to tranquilize the tiger, move it out of the home, but it decided that after a rest it was ready to move on. with only 3900 tigers living in the wild, the animals are considered endangered.

US Coastguard leaps onto drug running sub

We we know that the drug kingpins are constantly looking for ways to get more of their drugs in the USA.

Here is a video just released today of a Coast guardsman jumping onto the back of an drug runners submarine. Big ocean, small sub…but they were caught with over 17,000 lbs of cocaine.

 

Why have water restrictions when there is no shortage?

Today there are more than 243 billion litres of water in Vancouver’s watershed. In the 2016 census Greater Vancouver had 2,463,000 people, which leaves 100,000 litres of water available per person.

Why does the Vancouver area face nearly 6 months a year of water restrictions?

Two key issues highlighted in Metro Vancouver’s climate projections address the restrictions question. First , Vancouver’s supply of water is not endless as the snow pack is expected to shrink  56% by 2050, and the region is expexted to get 13% less rainfall.

From a drinking water perspective, the rain comes in the fall,winter, and early spring..then things dry out.

Becoming water efficient is important as Vancouver is expecting another 1 million people to the region by 2050, with a possible water supply gap by 2030…and water for firefighting needs to be accounted for.

The city says water usage doubles in the summer due to lawn and garden watering. One hour of watering can equal 25 toilet flushes, five loads of laundry, and 5 dishwasher loads combined.

Looks like Vancouver is trying to get ahead of the future.

India’s Acute Water Shortage

Millions of people in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are turning to water trucks, as house and hotel taps run dry. Drying lakes and depleted ground water are to blame. The drought followed a 62% shortfall in monsoon rains last year compared to 2017.

 

In the state capitol of Chennai 4.6 million people, hotels are rationing water for guests. All 4 reservoirs that supply Chennai have run dry. due to poor monsoons.

Chennai is one of 21 cities that a government think tank warned last year could run out of ground water by 2020. This year’s monsoon is delayed, compounding the problem.

 

Northern and eastern India have bit 48 celsius in heat waves. The monsoons are expected to pick up in the next ten days…but water volumes are expected to be short of what is needed.

Update on Drinking Water Advisories. .June 2019

The Federal Government’s Minister for Indigenous Service Seamus O’Reagan has released the monthly progress update on the federal governments committment to end long term drinking water advisories on the reserves.

 

In June 2019, three short term drinking advisories at risk of going long term were lifted from public systems on reseves. Working to resolve the short term advisories is part of the overall efforts to improve water and waste water handling on the reserves.

No long term drinking water advisories on public systems were lifted or added in june. The total lifted is at 85, with 58 remaining on track to be lifted by March 2021.

 

The number of long term advisories affecting public systems on reserves has declined from 105 in Nov 2015. to 58 as of June 30, 2019.

The goal of the Government of Canada is to end all long term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by March 2021.

Origins of Oceans

 

Click on this link to National Geographic’s Origins of the Oceans.

 

A thoughtful look st where all this water came from.