The warm weather last week treated us to a little preview of spring. In Manitoba dreaming of spring typically leads to thoughts of excess water, and what to do with it. Enter: Green Infrastructure.
Known by many terms, it is the concept of diverting rain from storm drains into alternatives such as rain gardens, cisterns, or vegetation planted on roofs. It can help reduce flooding, and beautify school grounds. And it’s not just for spring; there are advantages to green infrastructure in winter as well. As Green Communities Canada notes, green infrastructure “directs roof runoff to permeable areas and using permeable pavement means that less water flows over hard surfaces, resulting in fewer icing hazards, since water does not sit on the pavement. It can also reduce the need for road salt.”
The not so Common Cattail: How this wetland plant is being used for bio-energy in Manitoba
March 1, 7:00-8:30 pm
Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg
For more than ten years, IISD has been researching how the common wetland plant, cattail (Typha) can be sustainably harvested from the environment and turned into value-added bioenergy fuel products. In 2015, IISD and industry partners reached commercial-scale production of mixed fuel pellets. Learn how these pellets are being tested and used in residential pellet stoves, including the one in our interpretive centre. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Space is limited, so call two weeks in advance to save your seats (204-832-0167)
Provincial Election Environmental Forum
March 8, 7:00-9:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent
Find out where the parties stand on environmental sustainability in Manitoba at this all-candidates forum. Candidates confirmed include: James Beddome (Green), Armand Belanger (NDP), Darrel Rankin (Communist), and Bryan Van Wilgenburg (Liberal).
Reel Green Fundraiser and Reception
March 10, 7:00 pm
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg
An evening of inspiring short films that celebrate our natural environment. Cash bar, delicious food, raffle, and live auctions. Evening hosted by Global News reporter, Talia Ricci. Tickets are $50 each ($25 tax receipt) until March 4th, $60 each after and at the door. Purchase tickets online or call 204-947-6511 to purchase your tickets. Proceeds support Manitoba Eco-Network programs and public education and awareness projects.
March 15, 16, 17, 22
Various times and locations
Are you interested in reducing your waste and naturally improving your soil’s condition? Using compost reduces your need for chemical fertilizer, which means healthier lakes and streams. Discover how easy it is to start composting at home. Register online.
Nominations for the Alexander Bajkov Award
March 18, online
Help give our local lake champions the recognition they deserve! Lake Winnipeg Foundation's Alexander Bajkov Award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies his dedication to the understanding of Lake Winnipeg, and who demonstrates outstanding efforts to protect and restore the lake and its watershed. Past recipients have included scientists, journalists, politicians and educators.
If you know someone whose efforts over the past year (or beyond) deserve to be celebrated, you can nominate them here. The deadline for 2015 nominations is March 18, 2016. The 2015 Alexander Bajkov Award winner will be announced at LWF's upcoming 2016 annual general meeting.
Funding Available: Science and Technology Internship Program
STIP provides funding to organizations, businesses and institutions to support youth in the natural sciences to gain relevant and meaningful work experience within their field of study. Eligible employers can receive a contribution payment for up to 50% of the intern’s salary to a maximum of $13,200 per year. Partners are responsible for finding their own interns. More information available online.
Job Posting: Outreach and Education Assistant
IISD - Experimental Lakes Area is hiring for an Outreach and Education Assistant. Under the direction of the Institutional Development Coordinator, the Outreach and Education Assistant will support coordination, content development and delivery of education and outreach activities conducted at ELA and on ELA science and research. More information and to apply.
World Water Day Website Goes Live
Learn about water and get ideas and resources for joining the global celebrations on March 22. World Water Day is an opportunity to learn more and be inspired to tell others. Read reports, watch videos and download teaching material from the international water community.
Webinar: Climate Change and its effects on our lakes
CWRA is pleased to announce this webinar event with Dr. Scott Higgins, Research Scientist for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area. He will provide a general introduction to the work being done on the effects of climate change on lake waters, and will present some of the surprising results already found. Registration.
Helping Communities Soak Up Rain
Green Communities Canada has created the Soak It Up! toolkit, a document that showcases a variety of tools for integrating green stormwater infrastructure across the urban landscape. Each section contains an overview the tool, examples from real-world experience (many from within Canada), and insights from practitioners about what works best—and what doesn’t.