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September 22, 2016

What we are up to: Living Waters Rally

Staff members Megan Krohn and Ellen Cobb-Friesen are headed to Vancouver to represent Manitoba at the Living Waters Rally, September 27-29. Hosted by the Freshwater Alliance, it is held every two years, freshwater stewards from across the country come together for the Living Waters Rally to celebrate, promote, connect and strengthen work towards freshwater health across Canada. Follow along with their journey on social media: @MB_EcoNetwork


Every Lake, Every River Paint Night
September 23 - Forth Cafe, 171 McDermot Avenue

Join the Council of Canadian for a fun evening to create your own painting of a lake or river you want protected. With local artists Sarah Thiessen and Jeanine Saurette. More details
Lake Winnipeg and its Watershed: Knowledge Gaps and Next Steps
September 27 - Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

Substantial gaps in our scientific understanding of Lake Manitoba ecosystem functioning impede our ability to make informed management decisions. This talk will summarize the findings and recommendations of a recent workshop that was convened to identify these knowledge gaps and determine steps to address them. Register online.
Sustainability Night
October 3 - Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue

Join in the fun for an evening of fast paced presentation exploring sustainability in our world. 7 presenter will present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. After, stay for cocktails and appetizers over conversation. More details and purchase tickets.
Water Wednesdays
October 5, 12, 19 - Qualico Family Centre

Three nights. Three themes. Three lively conversations. Join LWF in Assiniboine Park this October for a three-part series featuring local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between. Free admission. More information


Guardian angel coming to research Lake Winnipeg
September 4 - CBC
Gimli's famed research vessel the Namao now has a little sister. Floating just 42 feet long, the Fylgja, is much smaller than the Namao, but its size is no reflection of the work it can do. For years, the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium has used the Namao to conduct research on a lake that just a three years ago was declared the most threatened in the world.

Winnipeg, Headingley may 'share the pain' of Assiniboine River floods with Lake Manitoba
September 8 - CBC
Proposed changes to the way the province operates the Portage Diversion would send more Assiniboine River water downstream to ensure municipalities such as Headingley and Winnipeg "share the pain" of flooding with property owners along Lake Manitoba.

Journey 4 Renewal: Canoeing from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay
September 15 - Canoe & Kayak
Among the tannin-stained lakes and loons of the Wilderness Canoe Base in northern Minnesota, hundreds of children have learned to canoe over the years. In 2016, four alums from the camp decided to pay it forward. They paddled 1,239 miles over 66 days from Wilderness Canoe Base to Hudson Bay–by way of the Boundary Waters, Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, Lake Winnipeg, Hayes River, God’s Lake, and God’s River–raising over $40,000 for Wilderness Canoe Base in the process.

Community water sampling project tracks phosphorus in Manitoba waterways
September 20 - CBC
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is enlisting volunteers to help monitor nutrients that pass through Manitoba waterways and create problems further downstream. Through the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan monitoring project, the foundation hopes to gain a better sense of "hotspots" in southern Manitoba that are contributing the most to the problem. In order to do that, regular Manitobans who aren't afraid of getting their hands a little wet will have to help out, Lake Winnipeg Foundation executive director Alexis Kanu said Tuesday.


Job Opportunity: Policy Specialist

Ducks Unlimited is hiring a Policy Specialist - Boreal Forest to join their team. The candidate should have a good understanding of Northern Manitoba, its boreal region and associated land use activities and are skilled in public policy development and implementation and in building and fostering relationships. View job posting. Deadline is September 30, 2016

Volunteer Opportunity: 

Saving Sanity Industries wants your help to put on a performance on the Seine River on October 8th. A collective of Winnipeg artists are staging an exceptional, immersive performance along the banks of the river while audience members travel by canoe from Guay to Humboldt Avenues. This is a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate and show of the Seine and a unique experience for Winnipeggers. More information.

Soak it Up! Webinar Series

September 28: Weathering the drought—using green stormwater infrastructure to manage the impact of dry seasons. October 13: Transforming rainwater management on the Ontario landscape—the changing policy environment.  November 23: Roads and runoff — using green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff from roads and highways. Register online

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