Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network

Patricia Beach preps for floods with $800,000 dike

 With northwest winds stirring up Lake Winnipeg near Patricia Beach, residents are on edge. They have experienced flooding twice since July 1st, and it’s not over yet.

Diversion endangers Lake Manitoba's future

Two floods in the last four years have been devastating for the farmers, ranchers, First Nations, cottagers, and permanent residents around Lake Manitoba. The floods have also wrought ecological disaster...

No easy options for outlet

On paper, options A to F look simple enough, but in the real world, the solution is anything but. The Selinger government has six options to build a new outlet to drain flood-prone Lake Manitoba and two to extend the emergency channel...that is to drain neighbouring Lake St. Martin into Lake Winnipeg.

A City's Best Defense Against Climate Change? Its Trees, Wetlands, and Watersheds

Faced with aging infrastructure and extreme weather, mayors of American cities are moving to reconnect urban areas with nature to protect drinking water, coastlines, and air quality as climate change accelerates.

Insurers zero in on flood-prone areas

After a year in which it paid nearly $1 billion in claims in Ontario and $1.7 billion in Alberta because of natural disasters, the insurance industry is testing out a new tool that will help identify where municipalities might direct their money so future flooding does not do as much damage.

Lake Winnipeg should be 'recognized as a person,' says advocate

Katherine Sinclair is on a mission. Starting Saturday, Sinclair will begin a journey to walk around Lake Winnipeg. But her goal is not just to finish the 28-day journey over often rough terrain, she has set her sights on an even bigger fight. Sinclair wants Lake Winnipeg to be recognized as a person.

Hearings into Hydro's use of Lake Winnipeg to begin this fall

Manitoba’s environmental regulator is in the early stages of planning its upcoming hearing into the regulation of Lake Winnipeg’s water levels.

It’s known as the Lake Winnipeg Regulation (LWR) and it involves Manitoba Hydro’s use of the lake as a reservoir to power its northern generating stations during the winter months when electricity demand climbs.

Province won’t budge on hog barn restrictions

I would like to take this opportunity to share with your readers some of the important issues facing our watershed, and the steps our government is taking to maintain jobs while upholding our aggressive measures to protect our lakes and streams from pollution.


Flooding and the Future

Flooding and high water in our province have taken centre stage in the news this month, thanks to extreme precipitation and storms.

This edition of the Water Caucus e-bulletin highlights a few of the flood stories, but also highlights stories about research and innovative ideas that are being used to combat flooding that results from extreme weather events.

Be sure to check out the video resources, that show how some people are responding to climate change and rain water management.

Manitoba Eco-Network at the Festivals

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The Manitoba Eco-Network's Water Caucus took to the Folk Fest and Fringe Festival this summer to educate kids on the importance of water.

At Folk Fest kids learned about "rain as a resource" while painting some beautiful rain barrels. At Fringe Festival, children had the opportunity to make it "rain" on a model landscape. They saw how rain picks up pollution, and learned about ways to keep our water clean.

Congratulations to Leanne, the winner of our Folk Fest rain barrel prize! If you would like to get one of these amazing looking rain barrels, we will be auctioning them off, so stay tuned for ou
r annual fundraiser.

Upcoming Events

Walk For Water
Aug 4 - Grindstone
Aug 10 - Gimli and Victoria Beach

Walk for Water is an activity that is part of Lake Winnipeg Foundation's annual fundraising campaign, Lake-a-thon. It takes place in communities across Manitoba throughout the summer months

Proceeds raised from Lake-a-thon events support LWF's work. Get involved and help save our great lake!

For more information, visit the Lake Winnipeg Foundation website

Grey to Green
August 25-25, 2014
Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.

Designers, engineers, policy makers, developers, utility managers, conservationists, healthcare professionals, horticulturalists, contractors, urban farmers, and academics, all share important opportunities to advance the social, economic and ecosystem health of our communities by utilizing living green infrastructure. Urban forests, green roofs and walls, bioswales, rain gardens, meadowlands, and wetlands all provide fundamental human, ecosystem and economic health benefits.

To learn more about the conference, visit their website
Cost is $399 for government or for-profit, and $225 for non-profit and charitable. Register before July 14 to save $50

Mayoral Sustainability Forum 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 7-9pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent

Where do the candidates stand on visions and plans for a more sustainable Winnipeg?  Send us questions to ask your municipal candidates and find out firsthand at our upcoming Mayoral Forum. Hosted in partnership with Manitoba Eco-Network, Green Action Centre, Unitarian Green Action Committee, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Save the date, and send your questions by August 15 to


Soil Carbon Cowboys - Video

Meet three ranchers who now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. Check out this video about the an amazing story that has just begun.

Innovations in Stormwater Management Video Series

The Master of Land and Water Systems program team from University of British Columbia has produced a series of videos on innovative designs and approaches to urban stormwater management. Focusing on stormwater management at the property, neighbourhood, and watershed scales, the series provides useful information for developers, students, real estate agents, municipal/regional planners, managers and engineers.

You can access the video series through the UBC website

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