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Students protest for water access
HIGH school students from the Pembina Trails School Division took what they learned inside the classroom and brought it to the streets of Winnipeg on Monday morning.

Manitoba sets out to convince US, other provinces to sign accord saving Lake Winnipeg
Manitoba is setting out to persuade half of Canada and a handful of northern United States to sign an agreement to save the country's "sixth great lake."
Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said the high levels of pollution in Lake Winnipeg has earned it the dubious distinction of "Canada's number one water hot spot" and the world's most "threatened lake of 2013."

Slow the the lake
If you listen to the Selinger government's latest plan to aid Lake Winnipeg, money has the power to scrub phosphorus from the water of Manitoba's largest lake.

Water quality on First Nations to be standardized
Legislation to set water-quality standards on reserves passed in Parliament Monday three years after the idea was first introduced. However, First Nations leaders don't like the bill today any more than they did in 2010 and may take their grievances to the courts.

Nature's rebar: Lake Winnipeg pilot projects using willows to battle shoreline erosion
At times, it seems Lake Winnipeg is determined to become Lake Agassiz again. The ice-age lake that formed 13,000 years ago included present-day Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake of the Woods.

Students Invent Water Purification Disc
Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It's called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.

Upcoming Events

Keeping Water on the Land:
Be part of the Lake Winnipeg solution
Thursday June 20th, 2013
10 am to 3pm
Greenwood Inn & Suites, 1715 Wellington Ave

Featuring Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh, United Nations' Bob Sandford, and more, this workshop explores the Lake Winnipeg solution. Learn about what is wrong, what actions are being taken to make things better, and what you can do to help. To learn more and register, visit

Webinar - Giving Nature a Voice: Legal Rights of Waterways

Monday, June 24th, 2013
3 pm to 4:30 pm

The weaknesses of our environmental laws stem in large part from the fact that the overarching legal system treats the natural world as property that can be exploited and degraded, rather than as an integral ecological partner with its own rights to exist and thrive. While our laws focus on the rights and needs of people to flourish, they pay relatively little attention to the same rights on the part of the natural world. They assume that the environment will be protected if humans take from it a little less, and a little less quickly. But this simply slows, never stops, the downward slide. Drawing on case studies from around the world--including the Whanganui River in New Zealand--the guest speakers will discuss the importance of rights of waterways, progress that has been made, and challenges that lie ahead.

Linda Sheehan - Executive Director, Earth Law Center
Vernon Tava - Solicitor, Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office, New Zealand

To register email Laura Brandes at

3rd Annual Golf Fore Water Golf Tournament
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Larter’s St. Andrews

TEAMS OF 4 GOLFERS costs about $178 per golfer and includes:
  • A light lunch
  • 2 golf carts/team
  • 18 holes (Texas scramble with shotgun start at 1 pm)
  • A fun-filled, entertaining Dinner event with amazing prizes
  • A tax receipt for a portion of your registration fee
Get some friends together to form a team (personalize your team name) for a super day of fun at our 3rd GOLF FORE WATER Tournament … you’re  supporting a great cause! For more information please visit the Lake Winnipeg Foundation website.

Lake Winnipeg Basin Workshop
Experience the Lake Winnipeg Basin up-close with CWN!
August 19-23, 2013

This workshop will take students and young professionals to the Lake Winnipeg Basin to explore the challenges and associated work that is being done in this expansive area. The week will feature a unique, hands-on, interactive program including site visits, tours, outdoor activities and direct interaction with researchers and local water professionals.

CWN will bring successful applicants from across Canada for the opportunity to learn from local watershed experts on the unique challenges that are faced in the Lake Winnipeg Basin related to water management. In addition to the significant educational value of this workshop, participants will also benefit from an excellent opportunity to network with other students and young professionals, as well as with experts from a variety of disciplines.

Application deadline is June 20th. Visit website for more details.


Rosenberg International Forum: The Mackenzie Basin
The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy released this report based on the findings of a 2012 workshop on transboundary relations in the Mackenzie River Basin. The workshop convened several experts in the fields of law, economics and various scientific disciplines with the goal of looking at the legal and scientific principles relevant to creating a co-ordinated basin-wide approach to management.


Job Opportunities

Save Our Seine hiring Executive Director

Seeking a highly organized person with demonstrated communication, project planning and fund raising skills, to assist in implementing our stewardship and awareness initiatives. The position begins in September 2013 and lasts for at least 14 months. Apply by July 15th.
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