Putting the WATER in Waterloo

by Barney Moorhouse | March 2, 2022

Professor Paul Craig looks at fish in a tank at the new WATER facility

The WATER (Waterloo Aquatic Threats in Environmental Research) facility is now one of the largest aquatic test facilities in Ontario and has the capability of studying a wide range of aquatic organisms, from Canadian coldwater fish to tropical fish and amphibians.

The facility is also equipped to trace the multi-generational effects different environmental stresses may have on aquatic life over multiple lifespans.

“Many environmental changes are impacting both wild and aquaculture fish,” said Paul Craig, a professor in the Department of Biology and one of the lead researchers in the new WATER facility. “Our new multimillion-dollar facility will allow researchers to bridge the gap between lab and fieldwork by studying the impact of climate-related stressors in a controlled environment.”

Craig added, “With the opening of the WATER facility, we are looking to expand our research areas and expertise and invite researchers across Canada in water research and aquatic conservation to collaborate with us to carry out new and innovative research.”

The state-of-the-art facility has also reduced its water usage by 90% by using an automated recirculation system.

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