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Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network
August 31, 2016
 

Back to School!

School is right around the corner...and there are lots of learning opportunities coming up this fall for people of all ages. Check out the events below and find something that you would like to learn more about.

Events

Master Composter Course
Fall 2016 - Green Action Centre (various locations)

The Master Composter Course is a hands-on 12 hour composting course and volunteer program that will guide you through the details of composting and connect you with the Earth and a network of like-minded individuals.  Beginners are welcome!

For details and to apply online, visit greenactioncentre.ca
Living Waters Rally
September 27-30, 2016 - Vancouver
This year the Living Waters Rally is co-presented with Watersheds 2016. The combination of events creates a fantastic opportunity for 5 days of freshwater networking, strategizing and peer-to-peer learning on top notch opportunities to improve the health of Canadian waters.
Soak it Up! Webinar Series
Sept 28, TBA, Nov 23, 2016 12-1 pm

1. Weathering the drought — using green stormwater infrastructure to manage the impact of dry seasons.
2. Soaking it up in Vancouver! Canada’s first green stormwater infrastructure strategy
Date and time to be announced.
3. Roads and runoff — using green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff from roads and highways.

For more details and to register, visit RAIN Community Solutions.
Freshwater Ecology Day
Sept 29, 2016 9:30 am-3:30 pm - FortWhyte Alive
 
Grades 9-12 learn about hands-on research and actions that we can take to protect clean water. Students will leave with a bigger picture of water issues we face in Manitoba, and become familiar with water-related projects in their community.
 
Register before September 23, 2016. Click to access our Registration Form.
 
Contact Katrina, kfroese@fortwhyte.org or 204-989-8355 x 203 for more details.

News

Tories proceed to ecocertify Manitoba lakes
July 30 - CBC
The Pallister government intends to ecocertify the fisheries on Manitoba's largest lakes, following through on a plan hatched during the waning days of the Selinger government. In the mandate letter handed to Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, Premier Brian Pallister asked the River East MLA to "develop and implement a credible strategy to secure certification of Manitoba's commercial fisheries."

Manitoba to allow fishermen to market their own catch
August 16 - CBC
Freshwater fishermen will soon be able to market their own catch outside of Manitoba. On the banks of Lake Winnipeg in Gimli, the province announced Tuesday that it has notified the federal government it will be withdrawing from the Freshwater Fish Marketing Act.

The effect millions of zebra mussels could have on Manitoba ecosystems, infrastructure
August 17 - Global News
They are reproducing by the millions and have the potential to completely blanket lake bottoms, boats and pipes. Zebra mussels are becoming a growing concern in Manitoba and have already infested three bodies of water.

Cycling for Solutions to raise money for water sampling kits
August 30 - Miner and News
A 500-km bicycle ride isn’t just a physical link between Winnipeg, MB and the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), it’s also a symbolic one. “There’s a metaphor there,” said Bruce MacLean. He is one of the four amateur cyclists from Winnipeg involved in the Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s (LWF) Cycling for Solutions ride starting on Friday, Sept. 2 along with two others from Ottawa.

Resources

Job Opportunity

FortWhyte Alive is hiring a Public Programs Coordinator to join their Education Team. The position is full-time and has a special focus of responsibilities revolving around the development, implementation, delivery, and promotion of public programs and special events.

Deadline: September 16, 2016

Vancouver's Integrated Rainwater Management Plan

In April of this year, Vancouver City Council made an impressive commitment to green stormwater infrastructure. City council ratified a target to ‘capture and treat 90% of Vancouver’s average annual rainfall through the implementation of green infrastructure (GI) on public and private property throughout the City. Check out the city's new integrated rainwater management plan here
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