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#776 Prairie Poop Bots, Floods And Water Shortages
Canada might be a water-rich country, but that doesn't mean we don't have problems with water security. This week, we look at water issues in the most arid part of Canada, the Prairies, and see how climate change and city planning are both exacerbating the problem.

Did you know during a recent storm the City of Winnipeg released 60 million litres of raw sewage into the Red River? Did you know the City of Morden, Manitoba almost ran out of potable water during the extreme drought last summer?

Climate change has already started wreaking havoc on the water systems of the Prairies and that is having substantial impacts on cities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and adapting is going to cost Canadians billions. This week, senior producer Sarah Lawrynuik will explain why.

Featured in this episode: Brandon Burley, mayor of Morden; Santokh Randhawa, deputy city manager of Morden; Bill Buhay, associate professor at the University of Winnipeg; Frank Frigo, City of Calgary water resources engineer; Dave Sauchyn, the director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC); Raven Sharma, manager of utilities for the City of Selkirk; Duane Nicol, chief administrative officer for the City of Selkirk; Saman Razavi, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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