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Lake Winnipeg exhibit urges action to improve environment

The health of Lake Winnipeg is in a precarious state and a new exhibit at the Manitoba Museum aims to get people thinking about the solutions.

Council agrees to reimburse property owners for thawing waterlines

There was no opposition on the floor of city council today to reimburse property owners for pipe thawing costs back to Dec. 1.

The move came just ahead of the latest update on frozen waterlines, which revealed there have been more than 2,200 properties affected with frozen waterlines.

Lake Friendly Accord Officially Signed by Federal and Provincial Governments...

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, and Mayor Rick Gamble, Chair of the South Basin Mayors and Reeves, announced today that the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves have officially become the first signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord.

Winnipegger lives without running water on Manitoba First Nation

Living without a reliable source of clean, running water is a reality for thousands of Manitoba First Nations communities in northern Manitoba.

A Winnipeg man spent a week in St. Theresa Point, nearly 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, documenting his time living with a family of nine who have no running water or indoor plumbing.

Acidic water blamed for West Coast scallop die-off
Ten million scallops that have died in the waters near Qualicum Beach due to rising ocean acidity are the latest victims in a series of marine die-offs that have plagued the West Coast for a decade.

Hydro signs U.S. power deal

A deal the province says will trigger the proposed Conawapa generating station involves two export agreements with Green Bay based Wisconsin Public Service (WPS).

In a news release today, the province says the first sale, running from 2016 to 2021, is for 108 megawatts of firm power.


2014 Excellence in Water Stewardship Award

Congratulations to this year's recipient for Manitoba:
Ducks Unlimited Canada, who were recognized for 75 years of dedication to wetland and water stewardship leadership, innovation, collaboration and education in Manitoba. Read more

To learn more about the award, visit the Council of the Federation website.

Upcoming Events

Policy, pizza and pints
March 27, 2014 6:00 PM
Free Press Cafe

Lake Winnipeg has been recognized by the Global Nature Fund as one of the most threatened lakes in the world. A multitude of environmental hazards put the lake at risk, leaving Manitobans with many questions: Where is the excess phosphorus in the lake coming from and how can it be reduced? What are the dangers of having large areas of water covered in algae? What can be done to restore the health of the lake?

Join us as Norm Brandson (Former Deputy Minister of the Departments of Conservation and Water Stewardship), Dr. Alexis Kanu (Executive Director, Lake Winnipeg Foundation) and Dr. 
Henry David Venema (VP Business Development, International Institute for Sustainable Development) address these issues and examine the challenges going forward.

Admission is free, but if you’d like to eat and drink while you learn, $10 gets you pizza and a pint.

For more information visit

Lake Winnipeg: Hope for the Future
April 5, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
John Black Memorial United Church
898 Henderson Highway

This discussion will examine the root causes of " Threatened Lake Winnipeg" and what we as concerned citizens, can do to help restore this polluted lake. Bill Blaikie, the former Minister of Water Stewardship & Conservation will be the Moderator of our expert panelists: Prof. Paul Vogt, Dr. Don Flaten, and Alexis Knespel Kanu, Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Executive Director.

The event is free, but please RSVP at 204-661-2579 or

Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (presented by MEIA)
April 08, 2014, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

Mr. Les Rutherford will provide a presentation which addresses the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI), the Environment Canada led, Government of Canada program to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its basin. An update will be provided on the three program elements of the LWBI: Science, Stewardship and Transboundary Partnerships.

Visit the MEIA website for more information and to register. Registration is $60 ($40 for members)



The RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

Did your class learn about water this school year? Get recognized for your work with the Watershed Champions Award.

Eight regional awards of $2,500 and one national award of $3,500 will be given to publicly-funded elementary and middle-school classes across Canada for learning about water and caring for their local watershed.

Award applications are due April 18, 2014. For more information, please visit
Interested in bringing water to life in your classroom? Find teaching tools to support you including: lesson plans, teaching tips, webinars and helpful publications

Report: Facts about North Dakota Fracking and Water Use

With the growth of the oil boom in recent years, and the development of water dependent technologies that allow the capture of oil that was previously inaccessible, the public has expressed interest about how oil development may be affecting the availability of North Dakota’s water resources.

This publication provides an overview of these issues and what they mean for North Dakota. View Report
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