Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network

Big Grass Marsh gets largest-ever conservation deal
Manitoba is entering the largest conservation agreement in its history to protect 18,211 hectares that make up the Big Grass Marsh. The province will announce today a deal to protect Manitoba's third-largest wetland, a staging area for more than 100 species of birds, in a deal struck with the RMs of Lakeview and Westbourne.

Museum eyes band's complaint about water
The story of Shoal Lake 40 and Winnipeg's water supply is headed for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. "They are ready to acknowledge there was an injustice and a violation of human rights," said Daryl Redsky, one of three First Nation officials to attend a meeting at the museum Thursday.
Read what David Suzuki has to say after visiting Shoal Lake 40

New zebra mussel regulations introduced for province
The Manitoba government plans to bring tougher regulations for this summer to control the spread of zebra mussels

New Publication Celebrates Manitoba's Wetlands as a Source of Homegrown Pride
A brand new publication is celebrating the multitude of benefits offered by Manitoba's wetlands which include water purification, flood protection, wildlife habitat, biofuels, recreational opportunities and even food.

Province mulls massive anti-flood dam
The province is considering building a major retention dam on the Assiniboine River, larger than the Shellmouth Dam that created Lake of the Prairies.

Toxic-algae law discussions frustrating for scientists, activists
There’s been some interesting legislative talk this week about fighting the kind of toxic algae that contaminated Toledo’s water in August, leaving some 500,000 people without access to clean public drinking water.

Inspiring People. Celebrating Nature.

The Manitoba Eco-Network is busily preparing for our next Reel Green: Inspiring People. Celebrating Nature.

This annual event is a celebration of nature and of environmental champions; an evening of film, food and fun; and an opportunity to bring our supporters together to raise money for the Manitoba Eco-Network's ongoing work in the province.

Mark your calendars for March 7th, 2015!

Call for Reel Green Film submissions:

Reel Green showcases films that highlight nature and people working for the environment that inspire s to a greater appreciation and understanding.
We are now accepting submissions of professional short films for Reel Green 2015


Upcoming Events

Green Drinks
TONIGHT, December 5, 2014 at 5pm
King's Head Pub

Start off your weekend by hanging out with others in the environmental community. Share ideas, learn about volunteer opportunities, and hear about what people are doing for the environment in our community. The January Green Drinks is cancelled, so make sure you come out tonight!

Be sure to check for us upstairs if we are not on the first floor.

2015 MWWA Annual Conference and Tradeshow
January 11-14, 2015

This four day event features numerous activities including a tradeshow, awards ceremony and a variety of technical sessions. Session topics include: nutrient removal in cold climate lagoons, fracking in Manitoba, 50 shades of greywater, and others. For more information and to register, visit

32nd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
January 20- 22, 2015
Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg

This year’s conference theme “Meeting the Basin’s Needs:  One Goal at a Time”, will continue to highlight the Red River Basin Commission’s Natural Resources Framework Plan goal areas and celebrate all the work that is being done in these goals areas.  There will be updates on Water Quality efforts throughout the Red River Basin as well as the progress that has been made on the Long Term Flood Solutions recommendations.  There will also be presentations on existing projects, zebra mussels, and other issues facing our basin today and into the future.

Registration for the conference is now open.

Connecting Water Resources 2015 – From Knowledge to Action (CWR 2015)
March 10-12, 2015

CWR 2015 brings together the private sector; public sector; and the world of academia to a forum where leading water thinkers and doers collaborate on how to impact water management. We will address the real needs and questions affecting decision-making in water management.

For more information and to register, visit Early bird rates are available until January 16th.


Funding Opportunities

WWF’s Loblaw Water Fund
Application Deadline is December 15, 2014

This grant is open to Canadians working on the ground to address the major threats to and health of our water wealth. Canada is home to thousands of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands - and many of these water bodies need our help to become and remain healthy.

The Loblaw Water Fund supports action-oriented projects that take specific steps towards ecosystem restoration and/or the collection of data for long-term water monitoring.

Application and Guideline for funding are available online at


Office Space for Lease
Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking a suitable sub-tenant for office space located in the EcoCentre on the 3rd floor of Mountain Equipment Co-op, 303 Portage Avenue.

For more information, visit To view the premises, please contact Christie Fischer: (204) 947-6511 or
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