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Manitoba to close down several harbours to fight infestation of zebra mussels
The Manitoba government will close Gimli, Winnipeg Beach, Balsam Bay and Arness harbours this spring to stop an infestation of zebra mussels.
Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh says the government will spend $500,000 to spread potash to control and perhaps even eradicate the mussels.

Fishers on hook under province's anti-mussel plan
"Every hour that passes is hundreds of dollars, thousands of dollars," said Kris Isfeld, a commercial fisherman out of Winnipeg Beach harbour. "That's when we make half our income."
So when the province announced last week it was closing four Lake Winnipeg harbours, including Winnipeg Beach and Gimli, preventing about 130 fishing skiffs from getting out on the water this spring, the commercial fishing community was stunned.

New water, waste services on tap in Manitoba RMs
The Selinger government is increasing funding to help rural municipalities upgrade water and wastewater facilities.
Spending on water and wastewater projects outside Winnipeg will increase by $22 million for a total of $84 million over the next five years as part of the province's $5.5 billion infrastructure plan.

Manitoba flooding: Fears ease in Waywayseecappo, Birtle
Fears about an embankment collapsing and sending a surge of floodwater into some western Manitoba communities ended with the boom of an ice-plugged culvert Wednesday morning.
The 30-metre-high ridge near Waywayseecappo First Nation had been growing weak from the pressure of holding back the swollen Birdtail Creek.

Farmer in Interlake faces fines for installing culvert to divert water off his flooding land
An Interlake farmer called his rural municipality to help with flooding but when it stepped in, so did the Province, with fines.
The low-lying property in Moosehorn has flooded before, but this year a calf was born underwater and farmer David Gall had enough.


What's Happening in our Province
Here at the Manitoba Eco-Network Water Caucus, We envision a province in which individuals and communities value and conserve their freshwater.
This edition of the Water e-bulletin focuses on water events, news and initiatives in Manitoba.
Now that the snow is finally off the ground, get outside for a BBQ and creek clean up with your local MLAs, learn about research on nutrients and erosion along water ways at the World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, or support the ELA by sponsoring a fish.
There is lots going on in Manitoba this summer to give you an opportunity to be a part of a community that values and conserves our province's water.

Support the Experimental Lakes Area

Sponsor a Fish: Crowdfunding campaign to support work at ELA
Deadline: June 13, 2014

To help run the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has launched a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign offers a range of creative perks for donations, such as the chance to sponsor a tagged fish in an ELA lake and receive a photo and annual updates. The goal, in addition to raising funds for research and training opportunities, is to give the public a chance to contribute to this unique research facility.

The last two years have shown that there is strong public support for the ELA, and this campaign offers the public an opportunity to be a small part of its continued and revitalized operations.

For more information, please visit the campaign site

Upcoming Events

Water I <3 U Youth
May 9th, 2014, 3-5pm
Shaw Performing Arts Centre, 2 Forks Market Road

"Our Water-Our Future: Water I <3 U" is a project in which Indigenous youth learn from and are inspired by a variety of water leaders from across Canada. Sixteen Indigenous youth have participated in 3 workshops  around the country (Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic watersheds), and are preparing to attend the fourth and final workshop in the Hudson Bay watershed.  They are carrying out water actions in their communities, with the support from their community, chaperones, and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources.

Join us for a screening digital stories that document their journey and celebrate their successes.

Presenters: Katherine Sinclair (Lake Winnipeg Water Walk 2014), and Youth Leaders from Lower Similkameen Indian Band (BC), Fort Smith (NT), Beausoleil First Nation (ON), Shoal Lake #39 First Nation (ON)

CWRA LUNCHEON: Lake Friendly Accord and the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance
May 21st,  2014 at 12:00 noon
Holiday Inn South (1330 Pembina Hwy)

Excess phosphorus and nitrogen causes an increase in the frequency and severity of algal blooms in waterways. To improve water quality, everyone needs to work together and play a role in reducing phosphorus and nitrogen loading to waterways. Learn more about what is being done and about the Lake Friendly Accord from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship's Bruce Gray.

Cost: $15.00 CWRA and SYP Members and $20.00 Non-Members

Register by noon, Friday, May 16th, 2014 with:

**This luncheon will be followed by the Manitoba Branch Annual General Meeting. All are welcome.**

Creek Clean-up and Barbeque
May 31, 2014, 12 noon

Join area MLA’s for creek clean‐ups at Omand’s, Truro and Sturgeon Creeks.
  • Truro Creek – meet at Bruce Park
    (for info, contact Deanne Crothers’ office 204‐415‐0883)
  • Omand’s Creek – meet in the Home Depot parking lot, 727 Empress Street
    (for info, contact Rob Altemeyer’s office 204‐775‐8575)
  • Sturgeon Creek – Meet at Woodhaven Community Club, 200 Glendale Street
    (for info, contact Sharon Blady’s office 204‐832‐2318)
Bring clean‐up gear (gloves, boots, hip‐waders, etc.)

The clean‐ups will be followed by a BBQ!

World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
June 22-25, 2014. 

This event features conservation superstars including: Jerry Hatfield, Dwayne Beck, Jay Fuhrer, and Howard G Buffett from the Buffett foundation.

The Congress will also include two optional tours:
 A one-day Manitoba tour will feature stops in the South Tobacco Creek watershed, a research project looking at the impact of BMPs on soil and water quality.
A three-day US tour will also be winding through both Jay Fuhrer’s Menoken Farms demonstration site and the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, where Dwayne Beck serves as host.
To learn more, please visit the website at, or contact directly for more details.

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