Strong education initiatives in the city of St.John's, NL, demonstrate high local interest in safeguarding our water resources. While the initiatives are a positive contribution to water conservation, there need to be other efforts which help tackle the complexity of water resource management. The lack of data available on the city of St. John's, NL, watersheds, particularly the system re-charge, indicate a gap which needs to be understood if we are to improve our water management.
The city of St. John's, NL, has been faced with ‘warning signs’ in the form of water shortages in summer months, indicating shortfalls in our current management. These are issues which will only increase as population expands. Current policy fails to recognize the limitations of water resources, particularly within industry where there appear to be financial incentive to use large quantities of water. An increased understanding on the current state of water policy and resources may shift attitudes regarding water use within the province as well as change perceptions towards policy.
Group Members (Left to Right): Kim Olson, Ian Murphy, Mimi Sheriff, Eric Watton, Dave Walfoort, Vesna Kerezi (Back); María José Barragán, Shawn Meredyk, Viviana Ramírez (Front)
This international group was formed in Jan. 2010, for the graduate class, Conservation and Sustainability (GEOG 6250) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), taught by Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee.