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

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Folk Fest hand-painted Rain Barrels:
Leah Ross, Rosa Jasper, and Carla Henry

Look for the final Barrel to be auctioned off at our annual celebration, Reel Green: Inspiring People. Celebrating Nature

Hailstorm, flash flooding slam Calgary, knocks out power to 20k customers

The power went out in neighbourhoods across Calgary after the city was slammed by hail as a severe thunderstorm passed through on Tuesday afternoon.

Several underpasses in the city's downtown were closed because of flooding, said Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) deputy chief Susan Henry.

New urban garden helps manage storm water in Thunder Bay

City officials in Thunder Bay say a new green space along one of the city's busiest streets will beautify the route and also deal with storm water runoff.

From the High Street intersection, it looks like an urban garden, but dig a little deeper, and project engineer Aaron Ward said there's a lot more going on underneath the newly-planted trees and shrubs.

Penticton Swimming Pool Gets Wetland Makeover

Twelve years ago, Alexis Friesen discovered that her backyard pool in Penticton, B.C. was starting to house some surprising guests.

Rather than call animal control, Friesen, a wildlife biologist, decided to convert the pool into a wetland habitat for local, at-risk critters.

Cooperative tagging study sheds light on catfish populations, movements in Red River

Mark Pegg has traded the classroom for a fishing boat again this summer to catch and tag channel catfish on the Canadian side of the Red River.

A fish ecologist and instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pegg is faculty adviser for a tagging study seeking to learn more about the population and movements of channel catfish on the Red River.

Federal, Manitoba governments announce funding to help protect against effects of chronic flooding

The federal and Manitoba governments have announced joint funding to build the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels, which will help protect residents and communities in the Lake Manitoba basin from the impacts of chronic flooding.

The project will allow the province of Manitoba to monitor and adjust the water levels on Lake Manitoba.

Rain Gardens: Innovative Storm Water Management Tool

In 2013, the Manitoba Eco-Network hosted a workshop on Stormwater Management Solutions. Out of that workshop we learned about some innovative work that is being done across the country, globally, and even here in Manitoba to deal with storm runoff. We began working towards creating a demonstration site that would showcase some of these methods. 

Last year we found out that Save Our Seine was trying to get a similar project started together with HTFC Planning and Design, and the City of Winnipeg.

After much talk, planning and fundraising, I am happy to say that we will be breaking ground on a new Rain Garden site early in September, and we will be looking for volunteers to help us plant 1000 native species on the site.
Keep your eye out for an upcoming bulletin that will focus on Rain Gardens, and will also give details about the event. In the meanwhile, save the date of September 16th for our planting/unveiling event!


Upcoming Events

Walk for Water
Gimli: Sunday, August 9
Victoria Beach: Sunday, August 9

Walk for Water

Walk for Water is the largest grassroots fundraising event in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. Taking place in several lakeside communities, it's a great way to be a part of the solution — and a fun way to spend a day at the lake!

For more information and for pledge forms, visit Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Lake Winnipeg's Legacy: Framing the Issue
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Gurevich Fine Art, 200-62 Albert St, Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world; an iconic body of water that has shaped both the physical geography of Manitoba and the shared cultural experiences of its citizens.

Gurevich Fine Art and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation invite you to a panel discussion that will explore the many ways we live with our great lake and how we can protect it for future generations.

Panelists include:

  • William Pura, an artist whose striking photographs capture the evidence of human activity around Lake Winnipeg. A collection of Pura’s work, Inland Sea, opens Aug. 7 and is is on display at the gallery until Aug. 27.
  • Alexis Kanu, executive director of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Noah Erenberg, a lakeside resident whose documentary work has focused on the people and communities who call Lake Winnipeg home
Admission is free – all lake-lovers welcome!

Niakwa Trail Rain Garden Planting Day/Grand Opening

September 16, 2015

Manitoba Eco-Network and Save Our Seine invite you to participate in creating a demonstration rain garden. Details to follow soon

Western Canada Water 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition: A Climate of Change
September 15-18, 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Keynote Speaker: Matthew McCandless is the executive director of the International Institute of Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA), the world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility. Based in Winnipeg, Matt oversees the research and field station operations, administration, human resources, and fundraising. Matt has also worked extensively on projects on water, climate change, agriculture and bioindustrial development in Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Matt will speak on the almost 50 year history of the ELA, its future under the leadership of IISD, and its importance to the world’s scientific community and to water professionals.  Matt will also speak on his international experiences dealing with water issues globally.

For more information visit the WCW website


2015 Livable Cities Forum: Building Flood Resiliency
September 28-30, 2015
The Westin (320 4 Avenue SW), Calgary, Alberta

Join the dialogue to work together on solutions to build more flood resilient communities. The Forum will be the ideal place for municipal representatives, water management professionals, elected officials, and other stakeholders to:

Learn from Canadian and international municipalities about ways to better understand, plan for, mainstream, and advance municipal flood resiliency.

Explore Calgary through study tours and see how the city has recovered from the 2013 flood and is building a flood resilient community.

Connect with leaders and innovators who will share strategies, solutions, best practices, and lessons learned in water management and municipal flood resiliency.

To register and learn more, visit



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