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Prairie water woes need collective action, not more words
Excessive moisture and flooding in recent years have compounded the threat to Prairie lakes. This time the concern is not just about our usual suspect, Lake Winnipeg. More recently, many other Prairie lakes have been increasingly experiencing significant water quality issues. 

Isolated reserve needs more cash for road
While water continues to flow to the Manitoba capital, the reserve of several hundred people has been under a boil-water advisory for 18 years. A water treatment plant is prohibitively expensive without a road to transport construction material and supplies.

IISD-ELA and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation Collaborate on Phosphorus
As the calendar rolls through March, we enter the period of the spring snow melt. Water begins to move off the saturated fields, yards and streets and into our waterways. As the landscape drains during this period, it delivers the largest loading of nutrients and contaminants into our waterways than at any other time of the year.

Video Release: Our Water, Our Future
Cascade Locks, Oregon is heaven on earth—a small town nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge. But when Nestlé came to town with a proposal to bottle their water, citizens launched an all-out effort to protect their most precious resource. Our Water, Our Future tells the story of these unlikely activists and their advice for communities facing water grabs around the world.

Journey of Awakening
In June 2015, elders and students from Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation embarked on a three-day canoe trip to visit sacred sites located within Treaty 3 land in northwestern Ontario. These sites had not been visited by community members in more than 50 years. The elders reanimated sites at three different lakes through ceremonies, while also teaching the youth about traditional ways.

Celebrate the Earth this April

We typically associate April with Earth Day on the 22nd, but there are many events throughout the month to celebrate the Earth: an evening with Naomi Klein, a xeriscaping workshop, or expand your knowledge by taking part in a webinar.

Make sure your voice is heard on the 19th for Manitoba’s provincial election – Lake Winnipeg Foundation has developed 5 questions to ask candidates, and there is video available of the provincial election environmental forum.


Upcoming Events

Webinar: Building Climate Resilience at the Waters Edge
April 6, 2:00-2:45pm (EDT)

The Freshwater Alliance's Fresh Ideas series continues with a one-on-one conversation with Rebecca Wodder about her vision, laid out in this blog post, for river and watershed groups to “play a key role in helping the communities they serve build resilience against future climate catastrophes.” Register and more information

The 2014 Flood Event in the Assiniboine River Basin: Causes, Assesment, and Damage
April 6, 12:00pm
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg

This presentation will examine the causes of the event, put it into context with the historical record, and speculate on the influence that climate variability and anthropogenic activities, specifically changes in land use and drainage network, have played in potentially increasing the magnitude Assiniboine River Basin. Register with

An Evening with Naomi Klein
April 8, 7:00pm
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

Award-winning Canadian author Naomi Klein will be speaking on climate and economic justice in Winnipeg next Spring. The event is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office. More and information and purchase tickets.
Naturescape: Xeriscaping 
April 9, 1:00pm
FortWhyte Alive,1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg

Join Cathy Shaluk, owner of Shaluk's Garden Solutions in Winnipeg, as she introduces you to the concept of xeriscaping - creating landscapes designed to reduce the amount of resources needed to maintain them. This workshop will cover a variety of low maintenance yard care and water conservation techniques including plant selection that will balance both function and aesthetics. Free with regular admission. More information.

Webinar: Strategies for Implementing Green Infrastructre
April 27, 1:00-2:00pm (EDT)

nal grey infrastructure (storm drains and pipes) is costly and can’t keep up with the challenges of increased urbanization and climate change. Green infrastructure (also known as low impact development) will be a big part of an effective, affordable solution. More and information and register online. 


Job Postings: Summer Outreach Coordinator and Digital Communications Coordinator
Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? Lake Winnipeg Foundation is on the hunt for extraordinary event planners, social media superstars and marketing geniuses with a passion for the environment. LWF is creating an applicant pool for two term positions, visit their website online for more information and to apply. 

Five Lake Winnipeg questions to ask your provincial election candidates
Election season is upon us and the friendly folks at Lake Winnipeg Foundation have come up with five questions you can your candidates to let them know that Lake Winnipeg matters to you.

Video of the Provincial Election Environmental Forum
Missed the debate on the environment in March? Thanks to Paul Graham, you can view the video of the forum online to find out where the different parties stand on environmental sustainability in Manitoba. 
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