COLLINGWOOD, ON, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - In May 2008, the Greenland Group
(GREENLAND®) announced that important funding had been allocated by Canada's
National Research Council - IRAP to assist with further developing the CANWET (or CAnadian Nutrient and Water Evaluation Tool) modelling software. This week, CANWET-4 was launched in Newmarket, ON at the offices of the Lake Simcoe Region
Conservation Authority and also with representatives from the Ontario
Ministry of the Environment and local Municipalities.
Three years ago, GREENLAND® developed an earlier model version that was later used for source water
protection, assimilative capacity, nutrient management and water
allocation projects. CANWET was also used last year by the Government
of Ontario to prepare the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. The total public (research) and private sectors investment to complete
CANWET-4 was over $600,000 and included one of the largest grants from the
National Research Council - IRAP initiative.
CANWET-4 is a continuous, GIS-based software suite to inform decision
making around river basin and watershed management; water supply and
waste water treatment infrastructure; food security; and, climate
change adaptation. Its ability to quickly and accurately estimate daily
water balance, nutrient, erosion sediment, and bacteria loadings from
GIS input data allows CANWET-4 to serve as a powerful decision support
system. This latest release of CANWET is VB.Net database-driven and
web-aware, and features an integrated open source GIS environment. Its
relative ease of use and ability to take advantage of commonly
available spatial data makes it a solid choice over other water
quantity and quality computer models. In addition to the integration of
current watershed and climate change science from renowned researchers
at the University of Guelph and Penn State University, CANWET-4 also
incorporates a large suite of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs)
for assessing proposed reductions in phosphorous, nitrogen, sediment,
and animal coliforms from rural and urban lands. Multiple practices can
be added in parallel or in series. CANWET-4 also calculates costs for
typical BMP applications based on unit-costing. The completion of
CANWET-4 was important for GREENLAND® to support other Canadian and U.S. collaborations now underway about the
Lake Winnipeg, Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay Basins.
"I am extremely pleased with the completion of CANWET-4 and sincerely
thank Canada's NRC-IRAP for its funding assistance over the past few
years," says R. Mark Palmer, the President of GREENLAND®. "Our P3 completion announcement, affirms the commitment of the Canadian
Government for environmental research, as well as lake and river basin
management programs. The development of CANWET-4 also highlights our
niche Mission Statement that recognizes the environment first while
complying with best available science and proven technologies."
Since 2003, GREENLAND® has combined traditional engineering methods with innovative
technologies to provide sustainable solutions for public and private
sectors. GREENLAND® understands that sophisticated engineering practices can be combined
effectively with a conservationist ethic to find sustainable solutions that can be arrived at in no other way.
Information about this unique engineering and technologies enterprise,
as well as CANWET-4, can be found at the company's website, www.grnland.com.
SOURCE Greenland Group of Companies
For further information:
R. Mark Palmer, (705) 444-8805 Ext. 255, firstname.lastname@example.org or Trevor Boston, Ext. 305 (email@example.com)