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Prairies get ready for runoff
As cool weather delays spring runoff and flood risk rises in parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, now is the time to prepare for flooding.

Watershed down
When Lake Winnipeg was named 2013's threatened lake of the year, scientists muttered: "I told you so." "It really was no surprise to me," said University of Manitoba research scientist Greg McCullough. "The condition in Lake Winnipeg is far more serious than any of the other large lakes in the world."

Taps Don’t Create Clean Water?
Freshwater is a resource that Canadians value. According to the 2013 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study, in fact, 47 per cent of Canadians believe that fresh water is Canada’s most important resource. But do Canadians see the connection between the water we prize in nature and the water we use in our homes?

Does Toronto airport plan hijack Obama, Wynne vision for the Great Lakes?
Hear that sound? That’s a collective murmur rippling across Toronto in the wake of airline executive Robert Deluce’s announcement that he wants to fill in more of Lake Ontario and bring jets to the downtown core.

Measuring Microbes Makes Wetland Health Monitoring More Affordable, Says Researcher
Using analysis of the microbiological health of wetlands is cheaper and faster than traditional assessments, and could lead to improvements in harnessing natural processes to filter humans' wastewater.

Upcoming Events

Stewards of Hope
Lake Minnewasta Bank Stabilization Project
April 25, 2013  7:00 p.m.
South Central Regional Library, 517 Stephen St., Morden

A Rocha and community partners are spearheading a tree-planting project to stabilize the eroding banks of Lake Minnewasta and you are welcome to participate. This evening
presentation will be of interest to all who use Lake Minnewasta for recreation and as a source of drinking water. It will also be of interest to teachers. With funding from Water Stewardship MB, educators are creating learning resources and field-trip opportunities for local schools.

For more information phone: Bethany 204-246-2059

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA) Annual Golf Tournament
May 23, 2013 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
St. Boniface Golf Club, 100 Youville St. Winnipeg, MB

Register individually for $195 or register a team of four for $760!
Registration & Lunch:  11:00 a.m.  Tee off at 12:00 NOON sharp

For more details, contact the MEIA staff at or 204-783-7090

Benefit of Wetlands. Value to Society. – 2013 Annual Meeting
June 2-6, 2013
Duluth, Minnesota

Leading wetland scientists, researchers and managers from around the world will gather to exchange ideas and learn the latest research for successful wetland management at the 2013 meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Nearly 300 experts in wetland science and management will share research trends and developments during the four-day event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Guided field trips to local wetlands will take place in conjunction with the meeting.

A complete schedule and registration information appears on the event’s website,, or contact Brittany
Marsala Olson at 608-310-7855.

Canadian Water Summit: Blue Collaboration for Blue Prosperity.
June 27th, 2013
BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta

Early Bird Pricing Ends April 30, 2013

Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.  The United Nations identified 2013 The International Year of Water Cooperation. The 4th Annual Canadian Water Summit will explore how organizations across sectors and across geographies are working together to drive innovation in water and prosperity in their communities.  

Visit for more information.


City of Winnipeg EmergWeb
EmergWeb is a unique, specialized website which will be fully activated in the case of an emergency within the city of Winnipeg. Examples of such emergencies may include a severe snow or ice storm, rising river levels, or a large scale hazardous materials incident.
EmergWeb is your one-stop shop for City information during an emergency. Our goal is to ensure that you have access to the most up-to-date emergency information online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit website.

Urban flooding in Canada
Lot-side risk reduction through voluntary retrofit programs, code interpretation and by-laws

While it has been previously reported that resolution of code enforcement issues may result in reduced vulnerability to extreme natural events, issues surrounding code interpretation have not previously been studied. Among other topics, this study investigated interpretation of code wordings that relate to installation of backwater valves to protect homes from sewer backup—a significant cause of basement flooding associated with extreme precipitation events and urban flooding. See more.

Job Opportunities

Canadian Water Resources Association needs an intern!
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

We are a multidisciplinary cross Canada water organization dealing with the private, academic and public sectors. We are growing and are looking for an enthusiastic individual to work with our Executive Director for the next six months (extension is possible) application deadline is April 26. See posting.
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