Water E-Bulletin - A service of the Manitoba Eco-Network

Environmental rules for High Arctic seas considered in vote
High Arctic waters could be a step closer to receiving their first environmental protections this week as representatives from more than 100 countries take a preliminary vote on rules for safe, clean shipping in the region.

Pounding waves, winds worry cottagers on Manitoba's lakes
A severe wind alert issued for both Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba Friday had cottagers and area residents close to the roaring and crashing water worried.

Kilcona Park pond water making dogs sick, say pet owners
Winnipeg dog owners are crying foul over high E. coli bacteria levels at Kilcona Park's off-leash area, with one group demanding more warning signs in the area.

The Kilcona Park Dog Club says a number of pets have fallen ill with rashes, vomiting and bloody diarrhea after swimming in or drinking water from the park's retention ponds.

Underground caves: Better water supply in karst areas
Drinking water is scarce in the Indonesian region of Gunung Kidul. In this karst area, rainwater quickly drains away into the ground. It accumulates in an underground cave system and flows into the ocean unused.

For several years now, KIT scientists in cooperation with German industry partners have developed simple technologies to extract and distribute this water under the "Integrated Water Resources Management" (IWRM) project.

Water on Earth found to be older than the Sun
"Half the water in our oceans is in fact older than the Sun," science columnist Torah Kachur said in an interview with CBC's Homestretch.

"What that means is a lot of the water that exists on our planet was made before our solar system and it came from a different part of our galaxy altogether."


United Nations Environment Programme GI Guide
The Green Infrastructure Guide for Water Management, launched in September, responds to the increasing recognition that GI represents an important opportunity to address the complex challenges of water management.

In addition to providing an overview of GI solutions for water management, this guide includes an outline methodology for water management options assessment, as well as a risk and uncertainty analysis. The guide concludes with a brief overview of a number of practical tools to support the evaluation of appropriate solutions.

Inspired and Renewed

At the beginning of October, I had a unique opportunity to participate in the LIVING WATERS RALLY in Ottawa-Gatineau. The Rally, organized by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, is a conference that brings together freshwater champions from across the nation to network, strategize, and learn.

I left the conference feeling inspired and renewed in my passion for protecting and conserving our province's freshwater. The 110 delegates worked together to create a statement, reaffirming our commitment to build and strengthen the water movement to ensure that all our waters are in good health—swimmable, drinkable and fishable (view full statement)

I am very grateful to the many sponsors who helped make the Rally possible, and to PATAGONIA for sponsoring my registration and helping me attend.

Homewaters: MEC's Freshwater Project
Another event sponsor, MEC, has recently partnered with eight organizations across the country who are working on freshwater issues. Kudos to MEC for supporting this important work! Visit their HOMEWATERS site to learn more about this initiative.
- Megan, Water Caucus Program Manager

Upcoming Events

Stormwater Management Video launch
TODAY October 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
2nd floor - 614 rue Des Meurons Street, CDEM Boardroom

Please join us in the official launch of a short Stormwater video. This short piece was designed as a complements to the Water on the Land - Sustainable Stormwater Management Guide produced by Rivers West.

Copies of the video and the Water on the Land guide will be available.

An evening with David Suzuki in Winnipeg
Friday, Oct 24, 7 p.m.
Burton Cummings Theatre

On his last national tour, David Suzuki shares the wisdom of a life full of action and celebrates Canadians who are standing up for the people and places they love. A special evening of inspiration, music and learning.

Special guests: Cris Derksen and Tanya Tagaq, Fred Penner, Sierra Noble, Ovide Mercredi, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Dancers of Aspirant).

For Tickets visit the Blue Dot Tour website.

Low Impact Development (LID) Technical Training - Design of Infiltration Practices 
Nov 3, 2014
Mississauga, ON

This interactive, instructor led, full-day training session aims to provide guidance, resources and ‘real-life Ontario’ examples of the design of LID Infiltration Practices for cold climates.

Intended for practitioners with a moderate understanding of LID and stormwater design, the session outlines the general process from desktop analysis, through design and construction.

Registration is $195, hotel discount rates are available.

MCDA 39th Annual Conservation Conference
Water Management in Action – The Rural-Urban Connection
December 1-3
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Join us in our 39th year of celebrating the champions in sustainable conservation practices of
land and water and all who live within. ALL ARE WELCOME!

To register or for more details visit the MCDA website or phone Shane at 204-570-0164.

32nd Annual Red River Basin Land & Water International Summit Conference
January 20- 22, 2015
Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg

This year’s conference theme “Meeting the Basin’s Needs:  One Goal at a Time”, will continue to highlight the Red River Basin Commission’s Natural Resources Framework Plan goal areas and celebrate all the work that is being done in these goals areas.  There will be updates on Water Quality efforts throughout the Red River Basin as well as the progress that has been made on the Long Term Flood Solutions recommendations.  There will also be presentations on existing projects, zebra mussels, and other issues facing our basin today and into the future.

Registration for the conference is now open.


Office Space for Lease
Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking a suitable sub-tenant for office space located in the EcoCentre on the 3rd floor of Mountain Equipment Co-op, 303 Portage Avenue.

For more information, visit To view the premises, please contact Christie Fischer: (204) 947-6511 or
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