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.
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.
Manitoba Eco-Network at the Festivals
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can access the video series through the UBC website