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July 26, 2016

Summer is here

Summer is here, it's time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you decide to go kayaking, walk for water, or visit the re-opened main beach at Winnipeg Beach, there are lots of ways to enjoy the season. If you're in the city and wondering how to take care of your lawn in a watershed-friendly way, make sure to check out our website for Organic Lawn Care Tips!


Volunteer Weeding and Planting
July 28, 2016 3-6pm - Niakwa Trail Rain Garden

The rain garden, installed last fall, is planted with hundreds of native plants that filter runoff from the adjacent parking lot. Join us to learn about rain gardens, get some fresh air, and help us make this project a success!

For more information and future volunteer dates, visit our Facebook event page, or email
Intro to Kayaking
July 30, 2016 - FortWhyte Alive
In this full day course you will learn the basic strokes, paddling skills and rescue skills for kayaking on enclosed and sheltered waters. A must for every new kayaker hoping to get the most from their paddling experience. Upon successful completion of this course, paddlers will be awarded with the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Certification. More information.
Family Fishing Fridays
Every Friday in July and August - FortWhyte Alive
Summer is here! And fishing at FortWhyte Alive is free (with regular admission) every Friday in July and August. While you're there, take in a tasty fish fry lunch between 11:30-1:30pm on the Buffalo Stone Cafe lakeside patio ($14 per person). More information.
Walk for Water 
August 7 - Various Locations
Lake Winnipeg Foundation's Walk for Water is the largest grassroots fundraising event in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. Taking place in several lakeside communities, it’s a great way to be a part of the solution — and a fun way to spend a day at the lake! Confirmed 2016 walk locations include Gimli and Victoria Beach. More information
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.


Lack of access to sewage treatement, basic sanitation plague Shoal Lake 40: report
June 7 - Metro News
Members of the isolated First Nation say without proper treatment facilities, they are forced to dump raw sewage near their homes. 

Winnipeg Beach's main stretch reopens as seawall work almost complete
June 10 - CBC News
The main beach at Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park is reopening Friday afternoon as work continues to rebuild the beach's seawall, which was damaged by a storm over a year ago.

Bipole III route could go through proposed UNESCO World Heritage site
June 15 - CBC News
Future transmission lines could influence World Heritage designation for boreal forest

Government launches review of environmental and regulatory processes to restore public trust
June 20 - Government of Canada
Canada’s federal government has announced plans to review legislation that forms the basis for protecting Canada’s vital waterways. Included in the review are the Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the National Energy Board Act.

Community devastated by revelations of mercury poisoning
June 24, 2016 - Community News Commons
Residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario have suspected for years their community’s water has been contaminated with mercury from nearby industry,  namely the leaching of chemicals from the Reed Paper plant in Dryden has been well documented.

Grassroots water monitoring pilot underway
July 12, 2016 - Manitoba Cooperator
It’s well understood high phosphorus levels cause harmful algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg. What’s not yet well understood is precisely where they come from. A new project from the not-for-profit Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) aims to find out.
Its Community Based Monitoring project, operating as a pilot program in 2016, aims to co-ordinate the water testing and sampling now underway by schools, landowners and other individuals and produce a comprehensive data set from their efforts.

Deprived and isolated: 13 Fires Winnipeg outlines price Shoal Lake No. 40 pays as city's water source
July 18, 2016 - CBC News
A local group is working to make those in Winnipeg aware of the source of their water and the steep price one Manitoba First Nation continues to pay for it.
On Saturday, 13 Fires Winnipeg — a group devoted to acknowledging racism in the city — gathered in Stephen Juba Park to host Reflects in Water, a live art installation.


Job Opportunity

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Interpretive Specialist (3 year term position) who will be responsible for the delivery of wetland education programs to students, public and educators. Closing deadline is July 29th

Water Attitudes Study Launched

Awareness in Canada of the impact of climate change on our natural resources is at an all-time high. For the first time, climate change was ranked as a top threat to Canada's fresh water supply, according to this year's RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study. Now in its ninth year, the study also shed light on attitudes towards Canada's drinking water quality, revealing Canadians' concerns about water conditions on First Nations reserves.
The George Barley Water Prize | Presented by: Everglades Foundation

The George Barley Water Prize

The George Barley Water Prize, presented by the Everglades Foundation, will award an unprecedented $10 million to the researcher or researchers capable of developing a cost-effective process for recovering phosphorus while yielding clean water from natural water bodies on a globally-applicable scale. 
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