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

Lake St. Martin starts rebuilding 4 years after massive flood
Lake St. Martin residents are one step closer to returning home four years after a devastating flood destroyed their community.

On Monday, the community announced a $300-million plan to rebuild the First Nation located 225 kilometres north of Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake region.

More urgent action needed for Great Lakes protection, cleanup, report says
Canada and the United States are failing to mitigate the threat chemical pollution poses to the Great Lakes despite a well-intentioned water quality agreement hammered out almost three years ago, environmentalists say.

Cleaning Lake Winnipeg 3 tonnes at a time
It has all the intricacies of a jail break, for phosphorus to travel from a little wetland near Holland into Lake Winnipeg.

First, phosphorus runs into Pelly's Lake, which empties into the Boyne River, which drains into the Norquay Channel, a man-made channel from Carman to Brunkild.

Ontario, Alberta Sign Lake Friendly Accord, Building on Momentum to Protect Lakes, Waterways
Ontario and Alberta have officially joined Manitoba in a broad alliance working to address cross-border water quality issues by signing the Lake Friendly Accord...

Province tightens rules on harvesting peat
The Manitoba government has introduced stricter rules to govern peat harvesting in the province.

"We must ensure that peat harvesting is managed sustainably and for the long term in order to protect Manitoba's land and waterways," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff.

Water Justice

You may have been following the news about Shoal Lake 40 First Nation over the past few months. Though most people are aware that Winnipeg's drinking water comes from Shoal Lake, many have not realized until recently that our water supply has impacted the lives of an entire community. From water quality to accessibility and safety issues, this has to stop.

Your voice matters! If you want to help make "Freedom Road" happen...consider some of the following options:
  • Write a letter to the Prime Minister. Voice your concern in your own words, or use this handy template created by the Council of Canadians.
  • Add your name to the "Road to Reconciliation" petition that is being sent to Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford and the House of Commons.
  • Put your dollars into action by contributing to the Shoal Lake 40: Road to Reconciliation FundRazr campaign. Whether the campaign meets its goal or not, this is a strong showing of support to let the government know that we understand that we have a financial obligation to this community.
To read about the most recent progress, read: City of Winnipeg to begin bridge construction at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation


Upcoming Events

Organic Lawn Care Workshops
See below for specific dates and locations

Wondering how to maintain your lawn with the cosmetic pesticide ban? 
Come out to one of our workshops to learn about the practices and principles of maintaining a healthy vibrant lawn and how to keep pesticides off our lawns and out of our waterways.

Only two public workshop remaining:
Mow Better Clinic: Tuesday, July 7th 7-8pm at Louis Riel Library (1168 Dakota Street)
Organic Lawncare: Thursday, July 16th 7-8pm at Munroe Library (489 London Street)

For more information or to organize an Organic Lawn Care Party or Lunch n' Learn,  visit Manitoba Eco Network Organic Lawn Care

Manitoba Eco Network at Winnipeg Folk Festival and Fringe Festival
Folk Festival: July 10 and 11 from 3:30-5 PM
Fringe Festival: July 23 Noon-6 PM

Express your Folk Fest spirit and join the Manitoba Eco-Network in the Family Area for some rain barrel painting and your chance to win one of the creative final products.

Join us at the Fringe Festival to help make it rain, and watch what happens as runoff moves through your neighbourhood.

Water Awareness
July 25-26
Dunnottar, Manitoba

Mark your calendars for a weekend of events and speakers along the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

The event features:
  • Maude Barlow, of the Council of Canadians as keynote speaker
  • A panel discussion on water issues and solutions
  • Booth with activities and educational opportunities
  • Walk for Water (July 26th)
More details and information on how to get involved will follow.

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Western Canada Water 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition: A Climate of Change
September 15-18, 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Keynote Speaker: Matthew McCandless is the executive director of the International Institute of Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA), the world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility. Based in Winnipeg, Matt oversees the research and field station operations, administration, human resources, and fundraising. Matt has also worked extensively on projects on water, climate change, agriculture and bioindustrial development in Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Matt will speak on the almost 50 year history of the ELA, its future under the leadership of IISD, and its importance to the world’s scientific community and to water professionals.  Matt will also speak on his international experiences dealing with water issues globally.

For more information visit the WCW website


RBC Blue Water Day

Thanks to RBC employees, fresh water in Winnipeg received a little love with a downtown clean-up. Check out their video on youtube.

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