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New Growing Forward 2 aimed at cleaning up farm run-off
A new $750,000 fund for Manitoba’s conservation districts to spend helping farmers improve water quality is welcomed, but it’s a drop in the bucket when it comes to saving Lake Winnipeg, farmers and conservation district leaders say.

Scientist miffed Tory MP takes credit for saving ELA
SUPPORTERS of the Experimental Lakes Area are fuming at a new flyer from Winnipeg Conservative MP Joyce Bateman that takes credit for solving a problem her government created.
The flyer, which arrived in mailboxes late last week, offers an update on the Harper government's plans to turn over control of the world-class freshwater research station to a Winnipeg-based environmental think-tank, the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Preparing a rescue mission
While carefree Manitobans splash about in the land of 100,000 lakes this summer, some of the watershed's smartest minds will be holed up inside the University of Manitoba to find ways to save those bodies of water.

Wells Are Running Dry In Parts Of Kansas
Imagine enough water to fill a couple of Great Lakes, but spread under some of the driest parts of eight Western states. That was the High Plains Aquifer 60 years ago.
But now, Nate Pike, whose been riding the dry rolling ranch lands south of Dodge City, Kan., for most of his 80 years, can't even go fishing at his favorite spring called St. Jacob's Well.

The Water Brothers track the danger of micro plastics in our lakes
The Sea Dragon, is Panagea Exploration’s research sailboat. On board are scientists, researchers and brothers Tyler and Alex Mifflin, all members of Pangaea’s Great Lakes Expedition; all glum because of what they have discovered in the water.
Water withdrawal stats run dry
Here’s a question that our provincial government ought to be able to answer but can’t: How much water is the world’s biggest bottled water seller withdrawing from wells in British Columbia? The province doesn’t know because it isn’t asking.

Upcoming Events

Canadian Freshwater Alliance Webinars
Building your Lists & Managing your Contacts: Intro to Blue State Digital
August 21, 2013 at 2pm - 3pm

This webinar is geared toward helping freshwater organizations and other groups become more familiar with this sophisticated and user-friendly contact management system and better appreciate what it can do for your organization.

We've got the "Likes", Now What? Social Media 101 for the Freshwater Community
September 11, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm

In this introductory webinar, learn how you can optimize and analyze your Facebook and Twitter success by moving your supporters up a ladder of engagement. We'll also look at what Hootsuite Enterprise can offer your organization's social media management including centralized updating, Hootsuite University and social media analytics.

Storytelling for Social Change
September 18, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm

This webinar will introduce participants to the theory and practice of telling your organization's water story in a way that connects, inspires, and wins.

Red River Basin Commission's North Chapter Micro Conference
Majestic Lake Winnipeg…..Protecting Our Communities’ Future
August 29, 2013 5pm – 9pm
Gimli, Manitoba

A hands on opportunity to find out what is going on today with the Lake, including a guided tour of the Namao, a chance to explore the New Iceland Heritage Museum and the Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre. Presenters include: Lake Friendly, Lake Winnipeg Foundation, and others.
Supper and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by August 20, 2013 to Kaylee Mestdagh, Outreach Coordinator with the Red River Basin
Commission, at (204)795-0709 or


The Lake Winnipeg Foundation Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation envisions a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed for present and future generations  To achieve this vision, we support stewardship, research and education projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

Applications are being accepted now until October 1, 2013. For more information and to apply, visit the Lake Winnipeg Foundation website

Employment Opportunities

Ducks Unlimited Canada - National Manager, Communications & Marketing

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for an experienced communications and marketing professional to lead the development and manage the implementation of its communication and marketing functions and strategies.

Application deadline is August 14, 2013. For more information, visit the Ducks Unlimited website.

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