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Saskatchewan begins consultations of agricultural drainage
The Saskatchewan government is asking citizens for their views on agricultural drainage through an online forum running Sept. 1 to March 31, 2014. “We’re looking for input and opinions because drainage has been an issue for a while..."

More development means more spills
As new pipelines criss-cross southwestern Manitoba and hundreds of new pumpjacks pop up every year, the number of oil spills is also on the rise. Nearly 33,000 barrels of oil have been spilled in dribs and drabs in Manitoba over the last five years.

Sewage lagoon blasted: Project near Red River called hazard
A sewage lagoon planned near the banks of the Red River has pitted homeowners and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation against the province and a rural municipality north of Winnipeg. The lagoon, to go on the site of an old dynamite plant in East Selkirk, will discharge treated effluent directly into the Red River, along with carcinogens that could poison fish stocks, critics say.

A living entity, water should have some rights of its own
Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians and the country’s leading water activist, is expecting the release of her latest book next month. Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is the final in a trilogy that uses compelling statistics to examine the global water crisis.

Water wars rise: Florida to sue Georgia over condition of Apalachicola Bay
A day after the federal government declared that Florida's oyster harvesting region was a disaster area, Gov. Rick Scott announced the state will file a lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the excessive consumption of water that has harmed the ecosystem and economy of Apalachicola Bay.

Minister Greg Rickford Announces Lake Winnipeg Clean Up Funding
KENORA – Lake Winnipeg is due for a clean up. The funding for the project was announced today in Kenora by Minister Greg Rickford, the Minister of State for Science and Technology.

Farmers Fight Back Against Toxic Algal Blooms
Lakes are an important source of drinking water and tourism dollars in many places across the country. That’s why late summer toxic algal blooms are more than just an eyesore — they’re a threat to public health, the economy, and the ecosystem.


Upcoming Events

“Integrated Water Resources Management: Implementation challenges and Canadian expertise”.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, from 6:00 ~ 7:00 pm  (doors open at 5:30pm).
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg.

The CWRA is proud to announce an upcoming joint event with the University of Winnipeg Department of Geology and the Elizabeth Laird Lecture to celebrate 60 Years of Geography at the University of Winnipeg.
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Mitchell, Geographer, professor, and university administrator from the University of Waterloo.
 Please register early to ensure at
**Please respond with the following text in the e-mail subject line: “Bruce Mitchell Water Resources Lecture”.

WCW’13 Liquid Assets
Western Canada Water 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition
September 17 – 20, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta

This year, our theme is, Liquid Assets and the diverse group of Keynote Speakers we have lined up are definitely people who, like us, have devoted their entire lives to our vision of ‘Working together for Water”.

The Pacific Institute’s Dr. Peter Gleick, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Diana McQueen, and Sunshine Oilsands’ Executive Vice President, David Sealock will be presenting keynote addresses. Each of these dynamic speakers should be stimulating, thought provoking, and should help frame our conversations throughout the conference.

In addition to keynote speakers, the conference offers a wide array of workshop, tours and special events for participants.

Early Bird registration is $595 ($695 after Sept 1). See WCW website for registration information and event details.


Blue W app
This app helps you find places to refill your reusable bottle for free. It can be a little slow to use (you have to zoom in really close to find the location information), but it is a really innovative idea. Check it out:
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