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World Wetlands Day: there are plenty of reasons to thank a wetland today
If you used water today to brush your teeth, cook or quench your thirst, you should probably thank a wetland. It is, after all, World Wetlands Day, an opportunity to learn about the value and importance of wetlands to Canadians. Why should you care? Consider what wetlands do for us.

They provide ecological services such as flood control, carbon storage and food production. They are good for your health, removing sediments, excess nutrients and even bacteria from drinking water used by more than two-thirds of Canadians.

5 million litres of raw sewage leaked into Red River in Winnipeg

Five million litres of raw sewage leaked into Winnipeg's Red River between Jan. 10-19, according to the city. And the city didn't know about it until a homeowner in the area called to complain about the stench.

Winnipeg faces at least $1.2B tab to stop sewage from flowing into rivers

Preventing sewage overflows into Winnipeg's rivers will cost more than $1 billion, regardless of what choice is made, a report from the city's water and waste department says.

The city currently averages 22 combined sewage overflows through each of its 79 outflows (locations where pipes overflow directly into the rivers), the report says.

Two new provincial parks in the works in the works for Interlake
The Manitoba government is designating two new provincial parks in the Interlake, expanding two others, designating six new ecological reserves and expanding the Lewis Bog Ecological Reserve, as part of an ongoing commitment to protect the environment and maintain Manitoba’s parks and water bodies, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship Tom Nevakshonoff made the announcement Dec. 22.

World economic forum ranks water crises as top long-term risk 
An annual survey of the world’s business, political, and scholarly elite reinforces a message that leaders are beginning to understand with greater depth and clarity: pay attention to water.  Along with water’s rise in the Paris climate talks, the rankings indicate that water, long the purview of engineers and lawyers, is now an urgent political matter.

10 top things they won't tell you about the Flint water tragedy
News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: The Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free elections in Flint, deposed the mayor and city council, then appointed his own man to run the city. To save money, they decided to unhook the people of Flint from their fresh water drinking source, Lake Huron, and instead, make the public drink from the toxic Flint River.

Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day

Livelihoods from fishing, rice farming, travel, tourism, and water provision all depend on wetlands.  And wetlands are vital to us in many other ways.  They host a huge variety of life, protect our coastlines, provide natural sponges against river flooding, and store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change.

Unfortunately, wetlands are often viewed as wasteland, and more than 64% of our wetlands have disappeared since 1900. Enabling people to make a decent living, and at the same time ensuring that wetlands can still provide their essential benefits, do not have to be conflicting goals!

Help us spread awareness about the importance of wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2016 – and beyond!  Here's how you can get involved:


Upcoming Events

World Wetland Day
February 2, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh 

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Celebrate this very important day for the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Take in a special presentation, learn to play “Shuffle-Duck”, visit our hands-on exhibits, and tour the marsh on a guided snowshoe walk to learn about the importance of wetlands around the world.

Free Winter Family Fishing Weekend
February 13 - 15
Province-wide, except for national parks

From February 13 to 15, anglers will be able to fish province-wide without a fishing license*. To help ensure a safe and enjoyable winter fishing experience:
  • check that conditions are safe before venturing onto the ice
  • let someone know where you are fishing
  • wear appropriate clothing
For more information on the free Winter Family Fishing Weekend, please call 204-945-6784 or view the 2015 Manitoba Anglers Guide
* Conservation fish limits will apply.
*A federal licence will still be required to fish in national parks.

Reel Green Fundraiser and Reception
March 10, 7:00 pm
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg

An evening of inspiring short films that celebrate our natural environment. Cash bar, delicious food, raffle, and live auctions. Evening hosted by Global News reporter, Talia Ricci.

Tickets on Sale Now! $50 each ($25 tax receipt) 
Visit or call 204-947-6511 to purchase your tickets. Proceeds support Manitoba Eco-Network programs and public education and awareness projects.

Stormwater Management and Climate Change Workshop
March 22, 7:45 am - 5:00 pm
FortWhyte Alive

Are you interested in exploring how climate change will impact water systems? Join the Canadian Water Resource Association for an interactive 1-day workshop for graduate students and young professionals in. We’ll be discussing nutrient management, resiliency planning and grey and green infrastructure solutions.

Learn more about:
  • Winnipeg's strategy to balance stormwater needs through grey/green infrastructure
  • the science and success of naturalized wetlands
  • stormwater conveyance structures to accommodate changing conditions 
More information and application.

Water Information Directory

The Water Information Directory, a publication of the Manitoba Eco-Network, has been updated. It was developed to:
  • respond to media requests for professionals to comment on water issues respond to schools and groups seeking presentations on water issues
  • provide referrals to public requests for information on water issues
  • increase participation in consultation processes on water issues
  • create a pool of potential guest presenters for Manitoba Eco-Network events
  • increase our capacity to network for stronger partnerships and campaigns
  • better understand the water community in Manitoba and identify action/information  gaps and common concerns
This directory is a work in progress, and not an exhaustive list of presenters, professionals, organizations, and agencies working on water issues. If you would like your information considered for inclusion in this document, please get in touch with us.
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