Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network
November 18, 2016
November 19 is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Today, 2.4 billion people are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future – all for the want of a toilet. More information. 


Book Launch of Boiling Point by Maude Barlow
November 24 - McNally Robinson

You are invited to join Maude Barlow, best-selling author and activist, for a discussion of Canada’s water crisis and how we can protect water. More information and to register. 
Lake Winnipeg and Evidence Based Policy
November 24 - Fort Garry Hotel
Dr Rennie will speak about his research on invasive species, microplastics & silver nanoparticles. After Dr. Rennie speaks he will be joined by Andrew Park & Nathan Zahn for a panel discussion on evidence based policy followed by an audience Q & A session. Come and join the conversation! More information and tickets. 
Luncheon: The Hydrodynamics of Delta Marsh: Using Engineering Tools to Guide Conservation at a Coastal Wetland
December 1 - Holiday Inn South, Winnipeg

While ample knowledge exists regarding the impact of water management on wetland function, there has been limited understanding of the physical processes that govern water movement in Delta Marsh. Modelling in MIKE 21 to simulate water movement across the Delta Marsh system has provided insight into the impacts of the Portage Diversion, wind set-up, and other controls on the system. The results are now guiding ongoing conservation efforts at Delta Marsh. Registration.

Losing Tides
February 8 - Manitoba Theatre for Young People

A Winnipeg dance show that is dedicated to raising awareness for our watersheds, organized by the winners from this years' Caring for Our Watersheds contest. Learn everything you need to know about how to improve our watersheds with an entertaining night filled with dances performed by people from all over Winnipeg. Dance styles include jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, aerial, and more! More information and tickets. 
The Watershed (a play about the Save the ELA story)
March 15 -18 - Manitoba Theatre Centre

In this sprawling political story, a Montreal theatre artist leads her own family on a cross-country journey, investigating the forces that are shaping the future of our natural resources. Encountering leading freshwater scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders along the way, The Watershed captures Canada in a moment of acute political reflection in an increasingly polarized landscape. More information and tickets.


The Rising Value and Volatility of our Fresh Water
November 12 - CTV
There are places in the world where wars are fought over fresh water because there's so little of it. But even in a country like Canada, which has a lot of it, water is quickly emerging as a flashpoint. Not between armies, but between corporations, towns and governments battling over a resource that has been mostly free.

In Times of Crisis: Natural Disasters and Botled Water's Savior/Polluter Complex
November - The Story of Stuff
Bottled water may provide necessary relief in the wake of a crisis like the devastating Louisiana floods or Hurricane Hermine, but the industry itself poses serious long term threats to the environment and public access to water that shouldn’t be ignored.

Husky's oil pipeline broke due to ground movement, report says
November 17 - CBC
Ground movement, described as geotechnical activity in a report released Thursday, was the reason a section of Husky Energy pipeline ruptured, spewing oil into the North Saskatchewan River and imperilling water sources for thousands of residents in communities downstream of the leak.

Resources and Opportunities

Grants Available

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Their Grants Program awards grants ranging from $500 to $10,000, and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability. More information and to apply.

Guinea pigs needed for stormwater tool

Green Communities Canada and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance want to help communities change the way rain is managed on the landscape using green infrastructure. They’ve developed an assessment tool that benchmarks progress to date in adopting transformative policies and programs, and helps identify priority next steps. They need five organizations to pilot the tool in their communities and provide feedback on the process and its effectiveness. Interested in knowing more? Contact

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