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Portage la Prairie tests systems to remove phosphorus, nitrogen from Lake Winnipeg

Portage La Prairie is testing out two systems to take out polluting nutrients from the Lake Winnipeg watershed.
One made by Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies recovers up to 85 per cent of the phosphorus and 25 per cent of nitrogen out of the waste water and converts it into non-water-soluble fertilizer.

Dunnotter’s Strategy To Keep Waste Water Clean Works

When it comes to waste, the village of Dunnotter has it together.
A pilot project that treats sewage through a series of cells to filter out polluted water works!  It works so well that nutrients, pharmaceuticals and even the microfibers found in clothing are caught in the system. 

Manitoba says experiment to kill off zebra mussels in four harbours worked
Manitoba has declared victory in its first battle with invading zebra mussels but says the unique treatment it used to kill the shellfish doesn't mean the province is free of them yet. The experiment received global attention because it's believed to be the first time liquid potash has been used in open water.

Anti-flood projects include ripping up city asphalt to allow water run-off

Five cities across Canada will see some of their asphalt torn up and replaced with porous brick and gravel this summer to help mitigate the flash flooding that frequently follows extreme rainfall.

Retaining water a win-win in La Salle Redboine district

After decades of failed attempts to drain a picturesque valley located about five kilometres southeast of Holland so farmers could use it for hay and pasture, local landowners working through the La Salle Redboine Conservation District have opted to turn it back to the cattails -- at least for now.


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Give your input on the new Surface Water Strategy

Towards Sustainable Drainage: SHARE YOUR VIEWS

We would like to commend the Government of Manitoba for releasing their new surface water strategy. This is a great step toward protecting Manitoba's Wetlands, and the health of Lake Winnipeg!

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship requests your input on the proposed new approach to regulating drainage and water retention in Manitoba by December 31, 2014.

To learn more, visit the Province of Manitoba website, and read the consultation document: Towards Sustainable Drainage - A Proposed New Regulatory Approach

Upcoming Events

The changing nature of water management in New Zealand
5:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 17th,  2014 
Triple B's (121 Scurfield Blvd)

As a country, New Zealand has an abundance of freshwater resources per capita. Although a small nation, the water management system to date has lacked any real integration.

New Zealand is now in a transitory phase in relation to its water management. The central government has taken steps to implement national-level planning instruments, and regional authorities are now charged with implementing these.

This presentation will provide an overview of water management in New Zealand, using the Waitaki River as a case study of past issues and future potential.

To register, email by noon on July 16th.

There is no registration fee, and food and drink can be purchased from Triple B’s Regular Menu

Grey to Green
August 25-25, 2014
Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.

Designers, engineers, policy makers, developers, utility managers, conservationists, healthcare professionals, horticulturalists, contractors, urban farmers, and academics, all share important opportunities to advance the social, economic and ecosystem health of our communities by utilizing living green infrastructure. Urban forests, green roofs and walls, bioswales, rain gardens, meadowlands, and wetlands all provide fundamental human, ecosystem and economic health benefits.

To learn more about the conference, visit their website
Cost is $399 for government or for-profit, and $225 for non-profit and charitable. Register before July 14 to save $50

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