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It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart.
Manitoba is banning peat mining in provincial parks as well as in a region east of Lake Winnipeg that's been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site.
A Manitoba company has been honoured for producing the best drinking water in the world. Canadian Gold took top prize at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition in Virginia last weekend.

The province will further protect the Lake Winnipeg basin and the environment with park expansions proposed for Camp Morton and Whiteshell provincial parks, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.

Upcoming Events

Canada Water Week (March 18-24)
and World Water Day (March 22)

Canada Water Week's 2013 theme is "I Love My Water Body!" Get involved by visiting the Canada Water Week website to:
  • Sign the "I Love My Lake" declaration. 
  • Create an “I Love My Lake" video declaration and post it on YouTube.
  • Snap a photo of you with your water body using Instagram, or tweet it to @CanadaWaterWeek.  Be sure to tag it with#canh2o. 
  • Visit the Event Listings page to view events in your area or list your own event

Events in Manitoba:

March 19
How do You Love your Waterbody? Presentation and Panel Discussion

March 20
Workshop: Keeping Water on the Land

March 22 
Film Screenings: Flooding Hope and Burning Water
World Water Day Celebrations at Oak Hammock Marsh

March 23
Popcorn & a Movie at FortWhyte Alive: Lake Winnipeg – A Blooming Crisis

Additional Event:
Webinar: 2013 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study 
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm Eastern
Insights from RBC’s 6th annual survey on Canadian attitudes toward water will be shared and discussed.  Bob Sandford, Canadian water expert and author of Cold Matters - The State and Fate of Canada's Freshwater, and Chris Coulter, President of GlobeScan, will present the findings and implications from this quantitative survey of 2,000 Canadians, including:
  • Awareness of low impact design around the home and garden, and its impact on water quality, especially in urban areas;
  • Water infrastructure, including what Canadians say should be priorities for government funding, and how well municipalities are delivering water services;
  • Water and leisure, including concern for the quality of Canada’s lakes and rivers;
  • What Canadians think about the cost of receiving water services;
  • Water conservation and consumption, including what Canadians are willing to do to protect and manage water better.
Secure your spot by registering here. Following the webinar, full poll results will be provided to all participants.  


Report - Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources
Water and Agriculture in Canada: Towards Sustainable Management of Water Resources represents the work of a 15-member panel of experts, chaired by Dr. Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security. 
The report explores five key areas where additional science and action can contribute to better sustainable management of water in agriculture.  Its findings provide valuable evidence-based information that will help inform future public policies in this important area. It is anticipated that stakeholders, academics and industry representatives will also find the report's insights of value as they consider how to best maintain a robust agriculture sector that is sustainably managed. View the report here.
Protect Our Water Household Water Conservation and Stewardship Program - Selkirk
Starting this spring, participating households in Selkirk, MB will be guided through examinations of their household fixtures and water-use habits.  Each household will be provided with a personalized water saving kit (including free low-flow devices, shower timers, lawn watering gauges etc.) and pointers to help them reduce their water bill and contribute to cleaning up our waterways.
For more information, or to register, please contact Audrey Boitson at 641-1361 or 

Report - Peatland mining in Manitoba’s Interlake: Cumulative Impacts analysis with focus on potential nutrient loading and greenhouse gas emissions
Recent developments have placed the spotlight on peat mining in the Province of Manitoba. The Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship commissioned the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to assess the cumulative effects of peatland development to inform government actions on sustainable peatland management. View the report here.

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