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Lots of rain prolongs Manitoba's flood season; puts pressure on waterways

An unusually large amount of rain has prolonged Manitoba's flood season, pushing lakes and rivers around the province to record levels.

Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton said some regions received 200 per cent more precipitation than normal in both April and May -- and more rain is forecast.

Province launches potash attack on zebra mussels

The province’s attack on zebra mussels in Lake Winnipeg began Saturday, when a small boat with a long tail released liquid potash into Winnipeg Beach Harbour.

The province expects the half-million dollar plan to take less than a month to complete.

Green Calgary launches stormwater consultations

Green Calgary is launching a new program to help residents in Airdrie and the City of Calgary identify water issues around their homes, including flooding and seepage.

“What we’re seeing is that people think about all sorts of issues in their homes but are unaware of the stormwater management and flood risks”...

Farm reservoir keeps nutrients away from lake

If every farmer did like Carl Classen, we might not be fretting about the future of Lake Winnipeg.

Classen has dug an on-farm reservoir to hold back drainage from his farm. That means nutrient-rich water runoff doesn't flow into public ditches and ultimately Lake Winnipeg.

Communities across the watershed are working together to make a difference for Lake Winnipeg

Minister Glover today announced nearly $1 million in funding for 16 new projects funded through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund...

These funds and projects are in addition to more than $5 million in funding for 59 previously announced community stewardship projects that are helping to restore the health of the lake.


RBC Blue Water Project funds Manitoba Eco-Network's "RAIN - Soak It Up, Winnipeg!"

We are pleased to announce that the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus has received generous funding from the RBC Blue Water Project to run an urban rain water management project in Winnipeg. This project,  in partnership with Green Action Centre and Green Communities Canada will feature two demonstration and educational sites.

As the project unfolds we will be sharing progress updates on our website and through our Water Bulletin. For more information about the RBC Blue Water Project check out their five-year report: Ripple Effect

Upcoming Event

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MCDA Tour: Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District    
June 17th and 18th, 2014

Come and see what exciting things are happening in the Swan Lake Watershed CD. There will be a supper/meet at 5pm June 17th, and a tour with BBQ on June 18th.

To register and for more information, contact Kendra at or 204-734-9550 

CWRA Luncheon: Intermediate Field Mixing in the North Saskatchewan River
June 18, 2014, 12:00 NOON
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

Mixing studies in the past have typically focused on near field where characteristics are three dimensional, transverse field (two dimensional) and  longitudinal (one dimensional). The intermediate field  may be considered to be the early part of the transverse mixing region and is critical for the initial dilution of wastewater effluent to meet government regulation criterion. This presentation will summarize the findings of a study that evaluated the intermediate field mixing characteristics of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant effluent into the North Saskatchewan River at Edmonton.
Karen Dow, Ph.D, P.Eng. 
Assistant Professor, Water Resources Engineering
Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba
Please register by June 16 (noon) to
COST: $15.00 CWRA and SYP Members, $20.00 Non-Members

Canadian Water Summit
June 18, 2014
International Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The 2014 Canadian Water Summit is returning to Toronto on June 18th to put the spotlight on urban water issues. The event will connect water professionals with paths that lead to solving the Canadian urban water puzzle.
Breakout sessions include:
  • Putting Water on Page One: How do we put water front and centre in the public eye?
  • Urban Emergency: Managing Extreme Water Crises in Cities: How are cities dealing with more extreme effects of a changing climate? How are we better planning for times of emergency?
  • Financing Urban Water: How are cities paying for water infrastructure? What are the emerging models?
Early Bird registration is available until March 31st: $549 for Delegates, and $349 for NGOs and Academics

For more information and to register, visit



Province of Manitoba's Aquatic Invasive Species Site
For updates on the Zebra Mussel treatment in Lake Winnipeg, information about aquatic invasive species, and reporting sightings, visit the Government of Manitoba Website
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