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Agencies collaborate to clean up waters
For years, Minnesotans have been working together through business, citizen and government organizations to reduce water pollution resulting from excessive amounts of nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. A statewide plan now in development aims to get various agencies and groups working together to be more efficient and effective.

National flood strategy needed
Canada is still recovering from the Great Flood of 2013, which at a cost of at least $5 billion, mostly in Alberta, appears to be exceeding the drought of 1999-2003 and the Manitoba-Saskatchewan floods of 2011 as Canada's most expensive natural disaster.
New water use legislation proposed to address 21st-century issues
British Columbia's water systems are under increasing pressure, and the provincial government introduced some major changes Friday as Environment Minister Mary Polak unveiled new water use legislation to replace a statute introduced prior to the Cariboo Gold Rush and the First World War.

Zebra Mussels found in Lake Winnipeg causing ecological damage
Zebra mussels have been found in Lake Winnipeg. Because this species of mussel is not native to the lake it is causing ecological damage by disturbing the food chain.
They can severely effect the fish that are in the lake as well as the quality of the water in the lake.

Government of Canada Committed to Research and Innovation: Minister of State Rickford Celebrates Funding at University of Manitoba
The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today celebrated funding that will help the University of Manitoba develop an innovative training program to support more effective water management in northern and remote communities...

Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study
Water scarcity will increase around the world due to climate change, with more than 500 million people affected if mean global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), based on modeling studies by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, or PIK.


Upcoming Events

Across Canada and globally, we are facing an increasing frequency of intense storms. Join us as we hear presentations by experts in stormwater issues and leaders in managing stormwater and landscapes.

Registration is available through PayPal, or by e-mail at The cost for participants is $10, and includes a lunch catered by Buffalo Stone Cafe. University students may attend for free, and should register for the event by e-mail. Registration closes November 5.

Workshop Agenda:
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Insurance Bureau of Canada
11:00 – Coffee break
11:15 – Scatliff + Miller + Murray
12 noon – Lunch
12:45 – Green Communities RAIN Program
1:30 – Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus
1:45 – Adjourn

Robert William Sandford -- Speaking & Signing
October 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park

While dramatic flooding now regularly wreaks havoc in cities, provinces and states throughout North America, the woeful condition of Lake Winnipeg has also become a sign of a much larger climate-related problem, as the toxin produced by the bacteria that bloom within this particular lake each summer is now being detected in water bodies across Canada and at levels exceeding maximum guidelines.

In his third RMB Manifesto, internationally respected water analyst Robert Sandford speaks on behalf of the Central Great Plains in order to convince government, industry and society that drastic change is needed if we are to avoid similar troubles from plaguing other bodies of water throughout North America.

Robert William Sandford is a world-renowned and respected authority on freshwater issues as they relate to climate change and disruption. In 2011 he was invited to be an adviser on water issues by the InterAction Council, a global public-policy think tank composed of more than 20 former national leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Bill Clinton and Vicente Fox. He is the author of some 20 books on the history and ecology of the Canadian mountain West.

For more information, visit McNally Robinson Booksellers

MEIA Emerging Issues Conference: There's No Place Like Home
November 21, 2013, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fort Garry Hotel

What's happening in Manitoba?  What are we doing to develop and maintain our clean technology industries?   What more can we do?
Join us for presentations and moderated  discussions on:
•    Water Technology - the present state in Mantioba
•    Sustainability
•    Water Management
•    Waste Management
Other topics will include an update on legislation and regulation including:
•    Manitoba's Contaminated Sites
•    Manitoba Waste Disposal Grounds
•    presentation from Environment Canada
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michael Patterson
Dr. Patterson will discuss the ongoing progress of the Experimental Lake Area
Visit the MEIA website for more details.

2014 CWRA Board of Directors Mid-term Meeting and Workshop
January 31st - February 1st, 2014
Flood Forecasting: Fact v. Fiction?
Flood forecasting is one of the most poorly understood disciplines in the fields of hydrology and water management. The Manitoba CWRA Branch will host a one-day workshop where leading experts from a variety of fields will provide in-depth technical presentations to help demystify some of the many complexities surrounding the physical processes responsible for extreme runoff events and to describe past forecasting methodologies. More importantly, this workshop will provide a context for contemporary forecasting models and shed light on reasonable limits of confidence and reliability that can be expected from them. Time for questions and group discussion will be provided following each presenter, and a panel of experts will participate in an interactive discussion to conclude the workshop.
The workshop is open to the public and will take place on Friday, January 31st, 2014 followed by the Mid-term Meeting for CWRA National Directors on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at the Inn at the Forks, located in Downtown Winnipeg at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites.

Additional information on the workshop (registration fee, schedule, etc.) and Mid-term Meeting will be circulated as it becomes available.

Job Opportunities

Lake Winnipeg Foundation is hiring!

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is seeking an experienced, motivated individual for the position of Program Manager. This is a one-year term position, with possibility of extension.  The position is based out of Winnipeg, 40 hours per week, start date January 6th 2014. 

Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter to Applications are due November 12, 2013.  Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.


Canadian Water Network Announces Competition on Hydraulic Fracturing and Water
Up to $500,000 Available to Water Research Community

CWN is currently soliciting Expressions of Qualifications from national, university-based teams to summarize the range of potential research approaches that could help inform decision-making for hydraulic fracturing and water.

Five teams will ultimately be selected to conduct one-year "knowledge integration" projects, each examining one of the following major issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing activities and water:

1. Water use and demand management
2. Wastewater handling, treatment and disposal
3. Groundwater and subsurface impact issues
4. Landscape impacts of development/operations on surface water/watersheds
5. Watershed governance and management approaches for resource development, including aboriginal issues

Successful teams will summarize the range of potential research approaches that could inform decision-making for hydraulic fracturing and water.

The deadline for submission is November 14, 2013. For more information about this announcement, please visit our website.
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