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Manitoba works to keep new aquatic invader at bay
While the Manitoba Government gets ready for another flood battle this spring, the province is also gearing up for another fight set to start once the ice melts and the floodwaters subside.

Go with the flow
Face it, Manitoba -- the floods won't stop. We need to start dealing with them realistically.

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Wins National Award
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has received national recognition for its work to preserve one of the province’s largest bodies of water.

Saskatchewan looking at above normal runoff
Saskatchewan flood fighters updated their spring flooding forecast today calling for above normal runoff for most the province.

Upcoming Events

Invasive Species Early Detection Rapid Response Workshop 
Followed by Invasive Species Council of Manitoba AGM
April 11, 2013 1:00 PM 
Room 130, Carolyn Sifton Auditorium
Agriculture and Food Science Building
66 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba
Early Detection and Rapid Response to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species in Manitoba
Biocontrol of Purple Loosestrife in Manitoba - A look back after 20 years
Control and Management of Reed Canarygrass 
Annual General Meeting begins 3:30 PM 
or (204) 232-6021

Webinar—When the Water Dries Up: Lessons from the Failure of Water Entitlements in Canada and the U.S.
April 23rd, 2013 9:00 AM
Speakers: Deborah Curran, Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability & Program Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria Faculty of Law and Glen Spain, Northwest Regional Director, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations.

In this webinar, the guest speakers will discuss how our historic reliance on individual “rights” to water is, in fact, often at odds with the on-the-ground responses of licence holders to water scarcity: when faced with scarcity, licence holders will frequently forego their legal entitlements in favour of negotiated, local solutions in their watershed. Using the Klamath Basin Agreements of 2010 as an example of a recent, complex and comprehensive approach to resolving problems with water scarcity, the speakers will discuss the gap between on-the-ground practice and legal concept in theory.

Space is limited. To register email Laura Brandes at

Save our Seine: Protecting and Improving Winnipeg’s Seine River Greenway for 23 Years
Canadian Water Resources Association Luncheon

April 24th at 12:00 noon
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Speaker: Denis DePape, Volunteer Vice-President of Save our Seine
Denis’ presentation will describe what Save Our Seine has done and accomplished since its creation in 1990 to protect, preserve, enhance and facilitate enjoyment of Winnipeg’s Seine River Greenway, a 26km stretch of meandering river, associated riverbanks and residual upland forest that extends from the Floodway, through St. Vital and St. Boniface to the Red River. Save Our Seine’s contribution to cleaning up this garbage laden river will be highlighted. The presentation demonstrates how a grass roots environmental organization can be a catalyst for material improvements to urban waterway and its adjoining lands.

Cost: $15.00 for CWRA and SYP Members and $20.00 for Non-Members.
To register, contact Janet Sabourin at
Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 19th, 2013


Manitoba 2011 Flood Review Task Force Report
After an intense and lengthy review of the actions taken by the Province, and others, during the 2011 flood, the Manitoba 2011 Flood Review Task Force has formulated 126 recommendation, outlined in this report.

Flood Review Report in the News:
The Manitoba government needs to improve flood forecasting and protection for First Nations, states a long-awaited report on how province handled the 2011 flood.


Job Opportunities

We are hiring an Organic Lawn Care Educator
Manitoba Eco-Network has an opening for a person aged 15-29, to work as an Organic Lawn Care Educator for 8 weeks starting May 1st. Please send a letter of interest, along with resume and at least two references to Kristine Koster at kristine (at) by midnight, April 19. Interviews will be conducted the week of April 22nd.
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We thank everyone for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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