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Water quality, sustainability and the products we use
Our daily lives are a smorgasboard of personal care products, for both men and women, from simple tasks like handwashing all the way to taking care of our bodies with prescription medicines...“Good fish don’t do drugs...We want to keep these products and pharmaceuticals out of our river ecosystems.”

Cottage owners recovering from 2011 flood bracing for stormy fall
Many cottage owners with property along Manitoba lakes are still repairing damage done by the flood of 2011. Now the province is warning them they could be in for some rough weather this fall.

Water, water everywhere
Two or three times a year, when the snow melts or the rain comes, Jim Brown has to issue a boil water advisory to friends, family and community. For some homes, the advisory is never lifted – their drinking water constantly tests high in bacteria and positive for E. coli.

Warning: Many watersheds in US failing 'stress test'
The U.S. has a growing water supply problem, according to a new study. Nearly 1 in 10 of the nation's watersheds—areas of land that contain runoff from rivers and streams—are stressed to the point to where demand for water exceeds the natural supply.

Streams Below Fracking Wastewater Treatment Show Elevated Salts, Metals, Radioactivity
Elevated levels of radioactivity, salts and metals have been found in river water and sediments at a site where treated water from oil and gas operations is discharged into a western Pennsylvania creek.


Upcoming Events

Manitoba Eco-network's Water Caucus together with the University of Manitoba Natural Resources Institute are proud to announce the following event:
Stormwater Management Solutions: Reducing the impact of severe rainfall events, hosted by FortWhyte Alive at the Interpretive Centre - Main Theatre. More details to follow.

Celebrating Sustainability Month - Water Week
October 4-10: Water Week 
Kick off “Water Week” with the Water Festival at The Forks
October 6th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Join a diversity of environmental groups at this interactive event highlighting the importance of water for our health, environment, economy and culture.  Try critter dipping with Oak Hammock Marsh, take the leak detector challenge with the City of Winnipeg/FortWhyte Alive and learn all about how wetlands help clean our water!  This family-friendly event will encourage Manitobans to learn, be inspired and get involved!

For more information about Celebrating Sustainability Month, visit:

Below Your Watershed Conference
October 21st - 23rd
City of Medicine Hat, Alberta 

Building from the successful 2010 Below Your Watershed event, the 2013 conference will advance the understanding of global and regional river and groundwater resources - in the context of watershed water quality, use and vulnerability.

Participants will learn about latest technologies and approaches for sustainable management and protection of river and groundwater.  Insights from the conference will also help to manage and prioritize future watershed research and programs.

Speakers at the conference include Bob Sandford, Peter Wallis, Cathy Ryan and Patricia Gober.

Early Registration has been extended to October 5th. For registration and more information please visit the Below Your Watershed website

MEIA Emerging Issues Conference: There's No Place Like Home
November 21, 2013, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fort Garry Hotel

What's happening in Manitoba?  What are we doing to develop and maintain our clean technology industries?   What more can we do?
Join us for presentations and moderated  discussions on:
•    Water Technology - the present state in Mantioba
•    Sustainability
•    Water Management
•    Waste Management
Other topics will include an update on legislation and regulation including:
•    Manitoba's Contaminated Sites
•    Manitoba Waste Disposal Grounds
•    presentation from Environment Canada
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Michael Patterson
Dr. Patterson will discuss the ongoing progress of the Experimental Lake Area
Visit the MEIA website for more details.

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