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

Our inconvenience, their way of life
We're a province whose essential culture is defined by water -- by all-hands-on-deck spring flooding, by plentiful and cheap hydro power, by summertime lake life, by hip restaurants on the frozen Red, by larviciding, by pickerel cheeks, by algae blooms.

But it's only when the taps quit working or the drinking water's dodgy that we really think about how good we've got it or what daily life might be like without it.

City looking at grants for residents with frozen pipes
          The city is looking at setting up compassionate grants for some of the hundreds of residents who have been without water this month. Frozen pipes are backing up across the city, resulting in about 550 calls in the last three weeks alone, said Dan McKinnon, director of Hamilton Water.

Drinking water could be poisoned with toxic algae linked to Alzheimer’s
Britain’s lakes have seen a huge increase in toxic algae which is linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, scientists have warned.

PST hike ups cost of new facility
It's going to cost more for Winnipeggers to flush their toilets thanks to the province's sales tax increase.
A report to the civic finance committee estimates the price tag for the North End Water Pollution Control Centre's nutrient-removal facility has jumped to $569 million from an estimated $547 million.


Environment and
the Community

Trails Manitoba: Request
for Proposal

Trails Manitoba is seeking
the services of a researcher
to conduct an Environmental
Scan of Trail Products for
Manitoba’s Trans Canada
Trail. For more information,
read the 
Trails Manitoba request for proposal

Closing date for proposals
is March 9, 2015. 

Caring for Our Watersheds
Student Funding Competition

Caring for our Watersheds
invites students from
Grades 7-12 to propose
ideas on how they can
help their watersheds.
From simple environmental
projects in the classroom
to community-wide events,
hundreds of projects have
been implemented in
the country since the
program began.

Entries are judged on
innovation, environmental
impact, comprehensive
scope, communication,
budget, realistic solutions 
and visuals.
For proposal guidelines and
to register your team, visit

For more information on this
program or to schedule a
workshop contact Nathalie
Bays at

Entries must be delivered by
mail or submitted online no
later than March 6, 2015


National Battery Day Success

A special thank-you to everyone who came down to visit us at Kildonan Place on February 18th for National Battery Day! With your help we were able to collect over 1500 batteries that will be taken in for recycling. It was a great opportunity to talk about the Manitoba Eco-Network with some new faces and long term supporters as well.

Curt Belton (Manitoba Eco-Network Executive Director), and a small sampling of the batteries that came in throughout the day

We hope that you will also consider supporting us through our annual fundraiser

Reel Green: Inspiring People, Celebrating Nature

There are only 3 days left to buy tickets, so get them soon!
Online or by phone 1-800-838-3006


Upcoming Events

2015 Symposium - Managing the Effects of Combined Sewer Overflows
Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Millennium Library – Carol Shields Auditorium (2nd floor), 251 Donald St.
  • Learn more about Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), and hear various perspectives on managing the effects of CSOs from an expert speaker panel.
  • Share your views on managing the effects of CSOs in an environmentally sound, sustainable and cost-effective manner during small group breakout sessions.
Refreshments provided.

Register by phoning 311 or online at

Lake Winnipeg Regulation Open House
March 9, 2015 from 3-5 and 7-9 P.M.
Pan-Am Room at the RBC Convention Centre.

Manitoba Hydro staff will be on hand at the open house to discuss Lake Winnipeg Regulation, its history, operation and impacts and answer questions.  The public are encouraged to attend to gain a better understanding of the project in an informal setting.
The formal hearing will begin on March 10.  Evening sessions on March 11 and March 18 have been reserved for public presentations.  Anyone wishing to make a presentation should contact the Commission. For more information, visit  

CWRA Luncheon: Forest Kerr Hydroelectric Project—The Importance of Physical Modelling in the Design of the Headwork Structure
Wednesday, March 11th,  2015 at 12:00 noon
Masonic Temple (420 Corydon Avenue,Winnipeg, Manitoba)

This presentation will describe the results of the physical modeling of the interaction of hydraulic flow characteristics with sediment flow patterns in the Iskut River, and detail the final headwork structure design developed to manage the sedimentation issues associated with the Forest Kerr Hydroelectric Project. It will also describe how the concepts used in this study can be applied to other river basins across Canada.

FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER: Don Murray, P. Eng, M. Sc., Senior Hydraulic Consultant, Hatch Ltd.

For more information and to register, email Register by noon on March 6th

BLUE DOT Awareness Show
March 13, 2015 at 8 P.M.
Garrick Centre, 330 Garry Street.

Featuring Musical Guests:
Carly Dow, Sapphire Empire, Slow Spirit, and The Crooked Brothers. Come support the Blue Dot Movement and learn more about this David Suzuki Foundation initiative.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information visit Manitoba Music.

Lake Winnipeg Foundation: Follow Your Water, Winnipeg!
March 16 to 20, 2015, CANADA WATER WEEK

Inspired by this year’s national theme, "Know Your H20", the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) has created an interactive, week-long challenge to highlight the connection between urban water and the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Participants in each day’s event will have the chance to win a prize and our five winners will be entered into a draw for a grand prize: a $200 gift certificate to MEC!

LWF will be releasing more information about the challenge on its website on March 11.

Film Screening: Silence of the Labs
March 23, 2015 at 7 P.M.
3rd floor - 303 Portage Avenue

The CBC documentary Silence of the Labs investigates the changing landscape of public funding for scientific research and its relationship to public policy. The documentary highlights perspectives from the scientific community and the impact of government research funding decisions on all Canadians.

This is a must see documentary that raises important issues about public-interest science and the state of our democracy.

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