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

Energy East Pipeline threatens Winnipeg’s water, report says
A new report says a pipeline that would carry one million barrels of oil daily from Alberta to the East Coast would threaten the drinking water of more than 60 per cent of Manitoba residents.

The report by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition said a rupture on the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number of waterways which feed into Winnipeg’s water supply.

Canada quietly pulls out of UN anti-droughts convention
The Harper government is pulling out of a United Nations convention that fights droughts in Africa and elsewhere, which would make Canada the only country in the world outside the agreement.

The federal cabinet last week ordered the unannounced withdrawal on the recommendation of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, ahead of a major scientific meeting on the convention next month in Germany.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation relieved as ferry, access out of community restored
A reserve under one of Canada's longest boil-water advisories has patched up its aging ferry and is lifting its state of emergency after being cut off from the outside world two weeks ago.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation declared a state of emergency after the ferry connecting it to the mainland failed a federal inspection at the end of April.

Review panel okays Lake Huron site as potential nuclear-waste dump
A federal review panel has given its stamp of approval to a controversial plan to bury nuclear waste on the shores of Lake Huron.

The three-member panel released its report Wednesday, saying the project “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects” and is the “preferred solution” for isolating low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste.

Quesnel Lake future still cloudy after Mount Polley mine disaster: report
A lake in British Columbia likely survived a major pollution disaster when a tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine collapsed last summer, but it needs constant monitoring to track any long-term impacts, says a new report.

Researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of B.C. studied the massive sediment plume of waste and water within Quesnel Lake in the three months following the breach of the tailings pond at the open pit gold-and-copper mine.

Drought kills 12 million trees in California's national forests
Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the typical deep green color, large swaths of pine trees now don hues of death, their dehydrated needles turning brown and burnt-red because of the state’s worsening drought.


World Ocean's Day

Did you know that June 8th is World Ocean's Day?

Sometimes, especially for those of us living in the prairies, it feels like the oceans are worlds away. Still, we depend on the health of our oceans for food, oxygen created by aquatic plants, absorption of carbon dioxide, climate regulation, and so much more.

This year, on World Ocean's Day, the UN released a report recommending the ban of microplastics in cosmetics. Learn about how our beauty regimes are impacting waterways and aquatic life, and choose to cut microbeads out of your life.

Lake Ontario WaterKeeper on "microbeads"

UNEP Report
: "Plastic in Cosmetics: Are We Polluting the Environment Through our Personal Care"

RBC Blue Water Day

Last Wednesday, staff from the Manitoba Eco-Network participated in the RBC Blue Water Day event at the corner of Portage and Main. Despite the windy day, we were able to chat with lots of people about how rain water moves through urban landscapes.

We raffled off our last hand painted rain barrel from the 2014 Folk Fest. Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer Johnston!


Upcoming Events

Organic Lawn Care Workshops
See below for specific dates and locations

Wondering how to maintain your lawn with the cosmetic pesticide ban? 
Come out to one of our workshops to learn about the practices and principles of maintaining a healthy vibrant lawn and how to keep pesticides off our lawns and out of our waterways.

Organic Lawn Care Workshop: Learn tricks and tips to keep your lawn looking good and healthy without using cosmetic pesticides - includes how to make your own natural pesticides.
Tuesday, June 23rd 7-8pm at River Heights Library (1520 Corydon Avenue)
Thursday, July 16th 7-8pm at Munroe Library (489) London Street

Mow Better Clinic: Bring your reel mower (push mower) to this workshop and find out how to mow your lawn more effectively, including a hands-on session on how to sharpen your mower blades yourself.
Tuesday, June 30th 7-8pm Pembina Trails Library (2724 Pembina Highway)
Tuesday, July 7th 7-8pmLouis Riel Library (1168 Dakota Street)
For more information or to organize an Organic Lawn Care Party or Lunch n' Learn,  visit Manitoba Eco Network Organic Lawn Care

Manitoba Eco Network at Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 10 and 11 from 3:30-5 PM

Express your Folk Fest spirit and join the Manitoba Eco-Network in the Family Area for some rain barrel painting and your chance to win one of the creative final products.

Water Awareness
July 25-26
Dunnottar, Manitoba

Mark your calendars for a weekend of events and speakers along the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

The event features:
  • Maude Barlow, of the Council of Canadians as keynote speaker
  • A panel discussion on water issues and solutions
  • Booth with activities and educational opportunities
  • Walk for Water
More details and information on how to get involved will follow.

Walk for Water
Dunnottar: Sunday, July 26
Gimli: Sunday, August 9
Victoria Beach: Sunday, August 9

Walk for Water

Walk for Water is the largest grassroots fundraising event in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. Taking place in several lakeside communities, it's a great way to be a part of the solution — and a fun way to spend a day at the lake!

For more information and for pledge forms, visit Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Western Canada Water 2015 Annual Conference & Exhibition: A Climate of Change
September 15-18, 2015
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Keynote Speaker: Matthew McCandless is the executive director of the International Institute of Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA), the world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility. Based in Winnipeg, Matt oversees the research and field station operations, administration, human resources, and fundraising. Matt has also worked extensively on projects on water, climate change, agriculture and bioindustrial development in Canada, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Matt will speak on the almost 50 year history of the ELA, its future under the leadership of IISD, and its importance to the world’s scientific community and to water professionals.  Matt will also speak on his international experiences dealing with water issues globally.

For more information visit the WCW website


Fresh Ideas Videos

Do you know a Manitoba family that has a FRESH idea? Maybe they use a CARGO BIKE? (especially looking for a story about a family that uses one)

Climate Change Connection is looking for Manitoba families that are taking unique strides to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Check out CCC's FRESH stories, submit your action, and maybe you will be their next subject!

Get in touch with Susan at 204-943-4836 or for more info and to share your family's story.

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