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Canadians Can’t Drink Their Water After 1.3 Billion Gallons Of Mining Waste Flows Into Rivers
Hundreds of people in British Columbia can’t use their water after more than a billion gallons of mining waste spilled into rivers and creeks in the province’s Cariboo region.

Frustration over flooding prompting many to sell their farms
Hay fields near Lake Manitoba were just starting to come back nicely after the 2011 flood.
That was about right on schedule -- it takes three to five years for flooded pastures and hay land to fully recover.

Then the Portage Diversion was opened up full throttle again...

Winnipeg hit with more than a month’s worth of rain in 90 minutes
A month’s worth of rain in one hour; that’s what parts of Winnipeg got Thursday [Aug 21] evening. Thursday’s storm was triggered by a slow moving cold front, which essentially parked itself over the city. Combine that with a humid air mass and all that moisture quickly drenched the city with more than 100 mm falling in roughly ninety minutes.

Industrial Sites Go Green to Manage Stormwater
Industrial sites have been slow to install green infrastructure. Years ago it didn’t have the track record of success that it has now...But industrial sites and green infrastructure can be a cost-effective and efficient combination, as the following projects have proven.

Campers concerned about rising East Blue Lake waters
Some campers call it Manitoba’s best-kept secret. But those who live and work at East Blue Lake are speaking out to save what’s left of the shore.

“We've lost a tremendous amount of beach, there used to be two volleyball courts out here,” resort owner Arch Dowsett told CTV News.

Be Inspired, Be Involved!

Looking for inspiration to get involved? Manitoba Eco-Network is pleased to be the Manitoba partner for David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour. Come out to hear David Suzuki share about his experience, and the experiences of other Canadians in the environmental movement.

If you are someone who likes to get involved, ask questions, and respond to what is going on in Manitoba, there is lots for you to do right now. Learn about the Lake Manitoba outlet plans, hear the mayoral candidates' views on the environment, and submit your input on the drinking water guidelines. Keep reading to learn more.


Upcoming Events

Open House to look at options for Lake Manitoba Outlet
September 18, 5pm
Centennial Hall, Ashern

At the three hour open house, the province will present the preliminary results of its Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Conceptual Design Study and take public feedback.

The province is looking at six options to add more capacity to the already existing Fairford River Water Control Structure to allow more water to flow out of Lake Manitoba in high water years and into Lake St. Martin. At the same time, the province would also build a permanent outlet from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg.

CWRA Luncheon, Towards Sustainable Drainage: A Proposed New Regulatory Approach to Drainage Licensing in Manitoba
September 25, 2014, noon
Holiday Inn South, 1330 Pembina Highway

Manitoba is looking at governing drainage and water retention works through the development of appropriate new regulations. As such, a consultation document entitled "Towards Sustainable Drainage: A Proposed New Regulatory Approach" was released in July 2014.

This presentation will provide an overview of this proposed new regulatory approach.

Featuring Guest Speaker:
Geoff Reimer, Water Control Works and Drainage Licensing, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Cost: $25.00

Register by Sept 23 (noon) by contacting

Mayoral Sustainability Forum 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 7-9pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent

Where do the candidates stand on visions and plans for a more sustainable Winnipeg? Find out first hand at our upcoming Mayoral Forum.

The forum is sponsored by Green Action Centre, Manitoba Eco-Network, the Green Action Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Richard Cloutier, News Director at CJOB 680, will moderate.

David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour
October 24 @7pm 
Burton Cummings Theatre

Join David Suzuki for an inspiring evening. 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 include:

  • Cris Derksen and Tanya Tagaq
  • Fred Penner
  • Sierra Noble
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Dancers of Aspirant
Visit for more info and to buy tickets

16th Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water (Canadian Water and Wastewater Association)
October 26 – 29, 2014.
Hilton, Lac Lemay, Gatineau, Quebec 

The Conference, sponsored by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW), provides a unique pan-Canadian opportunity for water quality professionals and stakeholders to network and exchange views on current and emerging issues related to the provision of safe drinking water. The program will feature presentations on the latest in drinking water research.

Be sure to register soon to secure a spot.


Call for input

The proposed guideline technical document on tetrachloroethylene in drinking water is available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following address:

Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by September 16, 2014. 

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