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Optimism high after research site rescued

With the Experimental Lakes Area saved, the Winnipeg institute that swung the deal to preserve it now faces an even tougher task.

It's up to the International Institute for Sustainable Development to put together a team of scientists to steer the future of research at the world-famous site.

MIKE HOLMES: Be water smart

Earth has a limited amount of water. That means we have to learn to make it last for everyone, because it can't be replaced.

World Water Day was March 22. Why should we care about World Water Day? Because in some parts of the world, we're using water faster than it can be replaced, and this is having a massive impact not just on our water supplies, but also on our food and sources of energy.

Portage Diversion operating amid rising Assiniboine River levels

The Manitoba government has begun operating the Portage Diversion amid concerns about ice jams and rising water levels in the Assiniboine River.

The diversion was put into operation on Saturday night, said Steve Topping, executive director of hydrologic forecasting and water management with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.

Risk of Red River flooding in city remains low

Most southern Manitoba rivers are continuing to rise, but low temperatures are expected to slow the rate of the spring melt.

The Red River in Winnipeg rose seven feet over the weekend and now sits at 10.1 feet above normal winter levels at the James Avenue monitoring station.



Canada's Water InfoStream Portal

Check out the latest enhancements to the Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Council's online water information sharing tool.

Canada’s Water InfoStream, is a single portal of water information from all provinces that facilitates sharing of information to help governments and organizations better understand trends, emerging opportunities, and the impacts of climate change and development.

How will you celebrate
Earth Day?
April 22nd, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of the first Earth Day. This Earth Day, consider making a green resolution such as reducing your water consumption? For water conservation tips visit

Participate in one of the many Earth Day events including:

  •  A viewing of the Precautionary Principle: the Nicole Bruinsma Story at the Park Theatre (tickets are $10, doors open at 6:30 P.M.). Join Green Action Centre and Manitoba Eco-Network for the inspiring story of Dr. Nicole Bruinsma, a family physician, wife and mother, who campaigned against the cosmetic use of pesticides in her community, her province and her country as she waged her own personal war with breast cancer.
  •  Check out Green Action Centre's list of green ideas for Earth Day, and add your own ideas to the list.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Oak Hammock Marsh by touring the marshes and learning about the importance of wetlands.
  • If you miss the Earth day celebrations, you can still celebrate on Sunday at FortWhyte on April 27. Check out their website for all the cool activities they will be having.

Upcoming Events

Paddle Manitoba: Planning for Whitewater Canoe Trips
April 21, 2014 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
University of Manitoba, Ellis Building

Have you started thinking about your summer canoe tripping plans, and want to plan for a successful wilderness whitewater paddling trip. Learn how experienced whitewater paddlers, Dwayne Dosch, Gerry Hirose and Brian Johnston select the gear they need and how they manage the potentially high levels of risk involved with running rapids in remote locations. (Please bring a snack to share)

For more information visit:

CWRA 2014 Canada Water Resources Congress
Water: What is The Future We Want?
June 2 – 4, 2014
at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
City of Hamilton, Ontario

The 67th national Canadian Water Resources Association conference is sure to provide a stimulating forum for hundreds of public and private section water research professionals. Come join us as we discuss the future of water in cities; for food; the environment; and energy.

The early bird full conference pass has been set at $590 for those with a CWRA Membership and $685 for non-members.

For registration and a full list of rates, visit the event website.

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



Job Opportunities

Lake Winnipeg Foundation: Outreach Coordinator and Digital Outreach Coordinator

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is creating an applicant pool for the position of Outreach Coordinator and for Digital Outreach Coordinator. These anticipatory positions are based out of Winnipeg and include travel to various Lake Winnipeg communities. Each position is 40 hours per week, $13.75/hour, from May 12 – August 29, 2014.

Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter by  April 21st, 2014 by email to (Subject line: Outreach Coordinator or Digital Outreach Coordinator).

For more information and eligibility criteria, visit
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