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Save lake or live by 'open-air sewer': Author warns province of growing threat
Manitobans don't realize how nutrient loading in Lake Winnipeg will hurt them economically and in their standing in the world, says the author of a book on Canadian freshwater lakes.

No peat mines in provincial parks
Manitoba is banning peat mining in provincial parks as well as in a region east of Lake Winnipeg that's been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Psychiatric drugs in water make fish bolder, study finds
For more than a decade, scientists have known that pharmaceutical medications are ending up in lakes and rivers all over the planet. The drugs pass through our bodies and are excreted in our waste. Even after being treated at sewage plants, the drugs can remain in the water that is dumped back into the environment.

Exploring new options for hog manure
It’s often said that the livestock industry doesn't have a manure management challenge – it has a nutrient management challenge. The amount of phosphorus a field can take is often the biggest limiting factor when deciding how much manure can be safely applied – and that’s why managing manure can be such a challenge.


Employment Opportunity

Water Caucus Coordinator
The Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking applicants for the position of Water Caucus Coordinator. The position is 2.5 days a week and shared with another part-time staff, starting at the beginning of April, 2013 to March 31, 2014, with likely extension pending funding. Some flexible hours may be required occasionally.
Find the full job description on the website of the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus

Upcoming Events

Film Screening: Bottled Life
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 2:30PM
Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall (3rd floor, Centennial Hall)
The University of Winnipeg

This film will be shown by Cinema Politica as part of the Grass Routes Sustainability Festival.  For more information, including film synopsis, click here

Workshop: Keeping Water on the Land
March 20, 2013 from 9:45AM to 2:15PM 
Riverbank Discovery Center, Brandon MB

Agricultural water management has always been a difficult issue in Manitoba, where floods and droughts are common.  This workshop will highlight programs currently available to landowners, policy ideas, and success stories within Manitoba.  Featuring presenters and panelists from:
  • The Manitoba Water Council
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Tobacco Creek Model Watershed
  • Keystone Agriculture Producers
  • Manitoba Water Stewardship
  • Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
  • The International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • The Manitoba Co-operator
  • The Rural Municipality of Dufferin
Please refer to Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus for full details. This workshop is free, but please register by March 18th at (204) 943-0318 or


EcoLeague and Project FLOW Funding for Schools
Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) is now accepting funding applications for EcoLeague and Project FLOW.  Deadlines to apply for both types of funding: March 15th, 2013.  For more information, visit

A youth empowerment program that aims to inspire Canadians to save the planet by engaging in sustainability action projects.  
Up to $400 in funding is available per school for an Action Project.  

Project FLOW: For the Love of Water
An initiative that engages elementary and secondary school students in hands-on water-related action projects.
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  • Individual School Water Action Projects (up to $500 in funding per school)
  • Comprehensive Water Action Projects (up to $3000 in funding for projects involving multiple schools)

2013 Project Development Grants for Schools 

Funding and support is now available to schools and youth programs interested in piloting a new learning guide by the Jane Goodall Institute.The Aboriginal youth project aims to provide teachers and youth program facilitators with the necessary resources and support to engage in youth-led projects that incorporate science and traditional knowledge and teachings to address water issues.

JGI is seeking ten schools or youth programs with a high percentage of Aboriginal students to provide input on our new guide for teachers and youth program facilitators as part the initial development of the program.  The guide supports understanding and positive youth-led action on issues of water. The guide also provides curriculum connections and is designed to support educators in grades six through ten.  

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