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No Running Water: Putting in plumbing stalls housing work
Fixing the running-water crisis in Island Lake is exacerbating another on-reserve housing problem -- overcrowding.
Wasagamack Chief Alex McDougall and his councillors said they are delighted more homes in their remote community now have modern plumbing but say some of the funding for the retrofits has been diverted from other much-needed housing projects.

Futuristic water-recycling shower cuts bills by over $1,000
 In space, astronauts go for years without a fresh supply of water. Floating in a capsule in outer space they wash and drink from the same continuously recycled source. So why, asked Swedish industrial designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, do we not do the same on Earth?

Water prices a fracking big deal
Critics are raising alarms that oil and gas companies are getting a “free ride” from the provincial government for the billions of litres of water used in fracking operations every year.

Oil shipments on the Great Lakes, now and to come
Are 400-foot-long barges on the Great Lakes each carrying 118,000 barrels of tar sands oil in our future? Maybe.

 Water a commodity? That can be debated
Athabasca area water resources are at risk of being taken and sold out of country, according to Arlene Kwasniak, a professor at the University of Calgary Faculties of Law and Environmental Design.

Call for Nominations and Success stories

Council of the Federation’s Excellence in Water Stewardship Award
Organizations are invited to apply or nominate a worthy community group, institution, partnership, municipality or business for the Council of the Federation’s Excellence in Water Stewardship Award by the deadline of January 15, 2014. The Council of the Federation (COF), which comprises all provincial and territorial Premiers, established this annual award in 2012 to acknowledge and honour organizations that successfully demonstrate excellence, leadership and innovation in water stewardship. 

To find out more about the Excellence in Water Stewardship Award, please contact Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship at 204-945-3814 or visit

Celebrating Successes in the Red River Basin: Contributions to the Natural Resources Framework Plan
In order to track our progress and recognize the good work that is happening around the Red River Basin, the RRBC is collecting success stories for our annual recognition initiative. We are asking you to share with us a success story: a project or program that your organization has undertaken that has contributed to any of the 13 goals in the RRBC’s Natural Resources Framework Plan (NRFP). The aim is to gather as many of these stories as possible. They will be celebrated at our upcoming 31st Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference (January 14-16, 2014 in Fargo, ND).

For more information including a list of the 13 NRFP goals and the Success Story Submission Form, please visit our website:

Submissions should be received by December 15, 2013.

Upcoming Events

MEIA Emerging Issues Conference: There’s No Place Like Home
TOMORROW!  November 21, 2013 (Registration opens at 8:00 am, and walk ups are welcome)
Fort Garry Hotel

Dr. Michael Paterson was a Research Scientist at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) for 21 years. In May 2012, the federal government announced that it would no longer fund ELA and negotiations were initiated to transfer the ELA operation to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).  In this keynote presentation, 3 questions will be addressed:  1) Why is it important to save ELA?  2) What progress has been made so far? and 3) What opportunities and challenges are associated with the change of operation?

Other presentations and moderated discussions will take place on the following topics:
•    Water Technology - the present state in Manitoba
•    Sustainability
•    Water Management
•    Waste Management

Registration fees:

Members: $450.00, Non-Members: $525.00, Student Members: $50.00, Student Non-Members: $75.00

To see the full agenda, or for more information, visit the MEIA website

CWRA Luncheon Presentation: Novel Ecological Biomass in the MB Bioeconomy
November 26th, 2013, 12:00 noon
Holiday Inn South (1330 Pembina Hwy)

Pilot-scale harvesting of cattail (Typha spp.) for nutrient capture, bioenergy, and high value bioproducts:
In the face of widespread concerns around water, food, energy, and resource security and scarcity, increasing use of renewable inputs to industrial economies is inevitable and urgent. Cattail is a sustainable and renewable novel biomass feedstock for fossil fuel displacement with multiple environmental co-benefits.

Speaker: Richard E. Grosshans, Senior Research Scientist, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Registration is $15 for CWRA Members, and $20 for Non-Members. Register by noon on Friday, November 22nd with:

 Webinar: Green Stormwater Utilities: Updating & Upgrading Your Utility for Green Infrastructure
Thursday, December 5th, 1:00 pm
ted by the Manitoba Eco-network Water Caucus (3rd floor boardroom, 303 Portage Ave)

In this webinar, industry expert Andy Reese will outline the basics Green Infrastructure programs, incentives and concepts, rate methodologies and structures, and funding approaches. Additionally, we'll discuss Andy's practical advice regarding Green Infrastructure and stormwater utility integration. In the process, we'll explore real-world examples from leading programs illustrating how to successfully change both your program and your funding structure to meet the future regulatory and popular demands of Green Infrastructure programs.

Please register in advance to to attend this webinar. The webinar fees have been covered by the Water Caucus, and there is no charge to attend.


Water without Borders (new release)
This volume brings together experts from both sides of the border to examine the changing relationship between Canada and the US with respect to shared waters. The contributors explore possible frictions between governance institutions and contemporary management issues, illustrate these through analyses of transboundary water “flashpoints”, and offer both a historical survey of transboundary governance mechanisms and a forward-looking assessment of new models of governance that will allow us to manage water wisely in the future.
Available through University of Toronto Press and

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