Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network

Occupation to end at 135-MW Jenpeg Dam hydro project in Manitoba, Canada
Hundreds of protesters from Cross Lake, a community of some 5,000 Cree Indians (Cross Lake First Nation) in northern Manitoba, are poised to end their three-week occupation of the 135-MW Jenpeg Dam Generating Station.

Manitoba Government invests in clean water infrastructure to protect Lake Winnipeg, benefit Interlake families
Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers, along with James Bezan, member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, announced here today that five communities from Manitoba’s Interlake region will benefit from major investments in clean water infrastructure through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund that will help protect Lake Winnipeg from harmful nutrients that cause algae blooms.

Water not under the bridge
Shoal Lake officials say it's "refreshing" to have the Canadian and U.S. governments investigating whether Winnipeg has violated its water-use agreement.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) alleges, in a letter sent to federal ministers Nov. 3, that Winnipeg has violated the terms of its 1914 agreement to draw water from the Shoal Lake aqueduct — claiming the reserve's 18-year boil water advisory as evidence that it is not being adequately compensated.

Manitoba Government announces new park, eco-reserve
The Manitoba government has established Chitek Lake Provincial Park as the province’s 88th park and has permanently protected the Walter Cook Caves Park Reserve as an ecological reserve, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced October 15th.

Changing rainfall common problem for entire globe, says UN-sponsored book
Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 per cent since 1990.

They’re all linked, say the authors of a new United Nations-sponsored book entitled “Water, Energy and the Arab Awakening,” being released Monday. In it, 16 authors — including former prime minister Jean Chretien — argue that the world can no longer afford to ignore the effects of climate change on rainfall patterns and their consequences for human security.

North America's First Freshwater Fishery Eco-certification Celebrated at Waterhen Fishery
Eco-certification of the Waterhen Lake fishery will ensure fishers have continued access to global markets, maintain prices and can take advantage of markets that want eco-certified products, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced here today while attending a community celebration in recognition of the fishery's achievement.


Requests for input

Manitoba Hydro invites questions online on its bid to control Lake Winnipeg levels
Deadline: December 22, 2014

Manitoba Hydro has launched an online question form concerning its request to get a permanent environmental licence to continue to regulate the water level on Lake Winnipeg. The form allows Manitobans to ask the Crown corporation for information about Lake Winnipeg Regulation (LWR) as part of the Clean Environment Commission’s review into Hydro’s request.

Request for Input - Drainage and Water Retention in Manitoba
Deadline: December 31, 2014

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship requests your input on the proposed new approach to regulating drainage and water retention in Manitoba.
Find out more and submit your feedback at Drainage & Water Retention in MB.

Changes at the Manitoba Eco-Network

The Water Caucus is improving! Special thanks to our funders: the Winnipeg Foundation
We are making big changes with funding from the Winnipeg Foundation, and in consultation with experts from Creative Bullpen.

Just over a year ago the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus identified a need to re-evaluate our communications and branding. With funding from the Winnipeg Foundation, we have been working with consultant Duncan Morrison (Creative Bullpen) to create a one-year outreach plan that will form the basis for ongoing outreach.

We have increased our connection with existing audiences including stakeholders, government and media, and have reached out to new audiences through our presence at the 2014 Folk Fest and Fringe Fest.

We are also improving the way that we reach out to you!  We have made improvements to the layout and content of the E-bulletin, and we would love to hear back from you about what you like, and anything that you would like us to provide more information on. Please send your comments to

The next phase of our communications plan is outreach into elementary schools. If you are a teacher who would be interested in having us visit you to speak about water issues, please drop us a line.

Thanks once again to the Winnipeg Foundation for funding this project!


Farewell Kristine

The Manitoba Eco-Network has recently said farewell to our Executive Director, Kristine Koster.  We thank her for all her contributions, creativity, and hard work toward growing and sustaining the Eco-Network.  We wish her all the best in her new position as Manager of Sustainability at Red River College.

And as we say farewell, we also welcome a familiar face as our new Executive Director.  Curt Belton, Eco-Network Board member, has stepped down from the Board and joined our staff. We look forward to sharing in his expertise, experience, and strengths as he guides the Eco-Network forward. Welcome ED Curt!


Upcoming Events

Highlights from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Fall 2014 Report
TODAY, November 12, 2014, 12 noon
Eco-Centre Board Room, 3rd Floor, 303 Portage Avenue

Please join us as we participate in a one hour webinar with Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development, on her first report as Commissioner (or register to view the webinar on your own).

The report dealt with Canada's commitment to:
  • Mitigating Climate Change
  • Environmental Monitoring of Oil Sands
  • Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic
  • Implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012
  • Departmental Progress in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies
  • Environmental Petitions Annual Report

CWRA luncheon, The Experimental Lakes Area and the International Institute for Sustainable Development: New life as a Non-profit Research Organization
November 26, 2014, 12 noon
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

In April 2014, the ELA was transferred from the Government of Canada to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and is now being operated as a non-profit research organization with support from the governments of Ontario and Manitoba. This presentation will provide an introduction to IISD-ELA, its new operating model, and a discussion of future directions.

Featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Paterson, Chief Research Scientist, Experimental Lakes Area, International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Visit website for more information and to register ($25)

MCDA 39th Annual Conservation Conference
Water Management in Action – The Rural-Urban Connection
December 1-3
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Join us in our 39th year of celebrating the champions in sustainable conservation practices of
land and water and all who live within. ALL ARE WELCOME!

To register or for more details visit the MCDA website or phone Shane at 204-570-0164.

32nd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
January 20- 22, 2015
Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg

This year’s conference theme “Meeting the Basin’s Needs:  One Goal at a Time”, will continue to highlight the Red River Basin Commission’s Natural Resources Framework Plan goal areas and celebrate all the work that is being done in these goals areas.  There will be updates on Water Quality efforts throughout the Red River Basin as well as the progress that has been made on the Long Term Flood Solutions recommendations.  There will also be presentations on existing projects, zebra mussels, and other issues facing our basin today and into the future.

Registration for the conference is now open.


Office Space for Lease
Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking a suitable sub-tenant for office space located in the EcoCentre on the 3rd floor of Mountain Equipment Co-op, 303 Portage Avenue.

For more information, visit To view the premises, please contact Christie Fischer: (204) 947-6511 or
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