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Shoal Lake supporters rally at legislature
A rally was held early in December at the Manitoba Legislative Building in support of members of an Ontario First Nation.

Representatives of Shoal Lake First Nation met with Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and provincial Jobs Minister Kevin Chief.

Protesters end occupation of Manitoba hydro dam after agreeing to negotiations
A six-week occupation of a northern Manitoba hydro dam is over after First Nation protesters reached a deal for negotiations.

Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation have agreed to leave the site of the Jenpeg generating station after agreeing to talks that will address some key concerns including revenue-sharing, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills that hover around $600 a month in the winter.

Province expands Whiteshell
Whiteshell Provincial Park is expanding by almost 3,000 hectares and more space within the park will be protected from mining and development.

The added land and water will expand the park's northwest boundary to the Whitemouth Bog Ecological Reserve and Whitemouth Bog Wildlife Management Area.

Commission's hearings for Hydro's role in Lake Winnipeg levels set
The province’s Clean Environment Commission has set hearing dates as it begins to weigh Manitoba Hydro’s role in regulating the level of Lake Winnipeg.

Dates and other information for presenters is posted on the commission’s (CEC) website.

Happy Holidays!

Water Conservation tips for the holidays:

Water is a part of our holidays in everything from food preparation, to clean up. Here are some tips for reducing your water use over the holidays.
  1. Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator or the microwave instead of running hot water over them.
  2. Rinse vegetables, fruits and dishes in a basin filled with water. Avoid letting the water run continuously. A running kitchen faucet can use over 10 litres of water per minute.
  3. Run your dishwasher only when you have a full load.
  4. Scrape food scraps into a composting bin, rather than rinsing them into a garburator. A garburator uses up water, and increases the amount of nutrients that make it into our waterways.
The Manitoba Eco-Network will be closed for the holidays from December 24 - January 2. Have a wonderful holiday!

Consider buying tickets for Reel Green for the eco-fan on your list. Happy Holidays!


Upcoming Events

2015 MWWA Annual Conference and Tradeshow
January 11-14, 2015

This four day event features numerous activities including a tradeshow, awards ceremony and a variety of technical sessions. Session topics include: nutrient removal in cold climate lagoons, fracking in Manitoba, 50 shades of greywater, and others. For more information and to register, visit

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.

Winnipeg for Water 6k Walk
Sunday February 15, 2015, 1:00 P.M.

Winnipeg for Water is a non-profit organization started by Bronwyn Fenn, a Winnipeg student, who believes that everyone deserves access to clean drinking water.

On February 15, 2015 join Bronwyn and fellow Winnipeggers on the Winnipeg for Water 6 km walk and help raise money for rainwater harvesting tanks. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to the Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) to fund a rainwater harvesting project at a school in the Karatu District of Tanzania.

For more information and to register, visit

Reel Green 2015: Inspiring People, Celebrating Nature
March 7, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

The evening features a series of inspiring short films celebrating our natural environment and the work being done to protect it, delicious food and drink, plus eco-themed prizes and auctions.

Tickets are now available for purchase: $50 each (includes a $25 tax receipt)

Proceeds support environmental education and action on climate change, water conservation, youth leadership, organic lawn care and more, through the Manitoba Eco-Network.


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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