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Water News
It's hitting the fan over sewage
The Selinger government has dismissed an appeal to stop a sewage lagoon being located on the site of an old dynamite plant in East Selkirk. Local residents and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation objected to the lagoon, arguing it would discharge treated effluent directly into the Red River, along with carcinogens from the site that could poison fish stocks.

Canadian Programme to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects
Under Growing Forward 2, Canada and Manitoba are partnering to fund a new programme, 'Growing Adaptation', which will help farmers and food processors build water infrastructure and prepare for situations where water storage will directly impact their businesses.

Water service restored to some Charleswood residents
Water is flowing once again into some Charleswood homes on Laxdal Road after city crews repaired the latest in a string of breaks in a section of water main on Friday.

After spill, water ban lifted for part of W.Va.
Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

Water risk as world warms
Water scarcity in parts of Africa could become worse, according to a complementary set of climate projections.

Upcoming Events

Reel Green: Inspiring people. Celebrating nature.
February 1, 2014, 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Avenue

Manitoba Eco-Network's annual fundraising event stands out in Manitoba as a way for environmentalists to rejuvenate their passion for the movement. 

An evening of awe inspiring films, followed by a reception and awards recognizing the achievements of fellow environmentalists, will give attendees a renewed sense of wonder and hope. Featuring Ace Burpee of Virgin Radio as the Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets for Reel Green are $50 ($30 tax receipt), and are available at the Manitoba Eco-Network office on the 3rd floor of 303 Portage Avenue, or online at either ticketbreak or PayPal

Art Exhibition: Water Memory Table
January 16 – February 15, 2014
The University of Winnipeg, Gallery 1C03 (located on the first floor of Centennial Hall beside the UWSA Info Booth)

Former Winnipegger Patrick Mahon references shifting environmental conditions through an investigation of built structures in this solo exhibition of printed sculptural installations. The exhibition will include large works, small studies and a site-specific piece that considers local river systems.
  • Artist workshop at Martha Street Studio: “Weather Structures: Printed Sculptures, Environmental Traces” on Saturday, January 11 & Sunday, January 12 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Exhibition opening reception at Gallery 1C03: Thursday, January 16 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Artist talk in Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall) at The University of Winnipeg: Friday, January 17 at 12:30 p.m.

CWRA Manitoba Workshop: Flood Forecasting- Fact vs. Fiction?
Friday, January 31, 2014 8:20 AM - 5:00 PM
Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Road

Flood ​forecasting ​is ​one ​of ​the ​most ​poorly ​understood ​disciplines ​in ​the ​fields ​of ​hydrology ​and ​water ​management. ​The ​Manitoba ​CWRA ​Branch ​will ​host ​a ​one-day ​workshop ​where ​leading ​experts ​from ​a ​variety ​of ​fields ​will ​provide ​in-depth ​technical ​presentations ​to ​help ​demystify ​some ​of ​the ​many ​complexities ​surrounding ​the ​physical ​processes ​responsible ​for ​extreme ​runoff ​events ​and ​to ​describe ​past ​forecasting ​methodologies. ​More ​importantly, ​this ​workshop ​will ​provide ​a ​context ​for ​contemporary ​forecasting ​models ​and ​shed ​light ​on ​reasonable ​limits ​of ​confidence ​and ​reliability ​that ​can ​be ​expected ​from ​them. ​Time ​for ​questions ​and ​group ​discussion ​will ​be ​provided ​following ​each ​presenter, ​and ​a ​panel ​of ​experts ​will ​participate ​in ​an ​interactive ​discussion ​to ​conclude ​the ​workshop.

Fees: CWRA Members: $150, CWRA Non-members: $180, Students: $80
For information and to register please visit the CWRA website

Job Posting

COMPOSTING Program Intern
Green Action Centre, a non-profit environmental organization, seeks an individual who is independent, energetic, organized and committed to sustainability to fill an intern position with our Composting program.  The position will provide public education on composting practices and benefits to the general public, schools, workplaces and community groups in Manitoba.  The intern will work as part of a team with other Green Action Centre composting staff.    

Term Contract Position:  March 5th, 2014 to August 29th, 2014, with a strong possibility of advancement and renewal. There is a three-month probationary period.
Salary:  35 hours per week, $17.50 per hour

Applications will be accepted in person, by mail, or e-mail. Please apply by by 4:00 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, January 15 th, 2014, to:

Composting Hiring Committee
Green Action Centre
303 Portage Avenue, 3rd Floor
Winnipeg, MB  R3B 2B4

For more information about the position visit Green Action Centre's Green Jobs

Call for Abstracts

Call for Papers for the 16th Canadian National Conference in Drinking Water - Deadline Extended
The deadline for abstracts for abstracts is extended until February 10th, 2014.
Conference taking place October 26 to 29, 2014
Gatineau, Quebec

This biennial Conference is supported by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) which establishes the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. The Conference provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in drinking water to meet and present or exchange views on current and emerging issues related to the provision of safe drinking water.

The Conference Program Technical Committee invites you to submit an abstract for the Conference. As a presenter, you have an opportunity to showcase your research, discuss your ideas and influence drinking water quality in Canada.

For more details visit the CWWA website.

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