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Winnipeg, Headingley may ‘share the pain’ of Assiniboine River floods with Lake Manitoba

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Proposed changes to the way the province operates the Portage Diversion would send more Assiniboine River water downstream to ensure municipalities such as Headingley and

‘Guardian angel’ coming to research Lake Winnipeg

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Gimli’s famed research vessel the Namao now has a little sister. Floating just 42 feet long, the Fylgja, is much smaller than the Namao, but

Reduce, reuse, re-sewage: City moving forward with biosolids plan

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A long-awaited city plan to find new uses for treated sewage has now been approved. The city submitted its Biosolids Master Plan for provincial approval

Event: Every Lake, Every River – Paint Night

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Join the Council of Canadians and artists Sarah Thiessen and Jeanine Saurette for a fun evening to create your own painting. In this beginner-friendly community art

Journey 4 Renewal: Canoeing from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay

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Among the tannin-stained lakes and loons of the Wilderness Canoe Base in northern Minnesota, hundreds of children have learned to canoe over the years. In

Community water sampling project tracks phosphorus in Manitoba waterways

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The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is enlisting volunteers to help monitor nutrients that pass through Manitoba waterways and create problems further downstream. Phosphorus is the main

Community water sampling project tracks phosphorus in Manitoba waterways

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The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is enlisting volunteers to help monitor nutrients that pass through Manitoba waterways and create problems further downstream.

Phosphorus is the main culprit contributing to toxic algal blooms in basins such as Lake Winnipeg.

Through the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan monitoring project, the foundation hopes to gain a better sense of “hotspots” in southern Manitoba that are contributing the most to the problem. In order to do that, regular Manitobans who aren’t afraid of getting there hands a little wet will have to help out, Lake Winnipeg Foundation executive director Alexis Kanu said Tuesday. Read more

Journey 4 Renewal: Canoeing from Minnesota to the Hudson Bay

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Among the tannin-stained lakes and loons of the Wilderness Canoe Base in northern Minnesota, hundreds of children have learned to canoe over the years. In 2016, four alums from the camp decided to pay it forward.

They paddled 1,239 miles over 66 days from Wilderness Canoe Base to Hudson Bay–by way of the Boundary Waters, Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, Lake Winnipeg, Hayes River, God’s Lake, and God’s River–raising over $40,000 for Wilderness Canoe Base in the process. They paddled past towns like International Falls, MN, and Kenora, MN, portaged dams, waterfalls, and Class IV-V rapids, ran whitewater up to Class III, and crossed enormous lakes. Read more

Event: Every Lake, Every River – Paint Night

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Join the Council of Canadians and artists Sarah Thiessen and Jeanine Saurette for a fun evening to create your own painting.

In this beginner-friendly community art workshop, you will have the chance to create a painting of a river you want protected. Take your painting home, or write a personal message of why water is important to you and deliver it to a Member of Parliament to encourage stronger regulations on water.

When: Friday, September 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Forth Cafe, 171 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg (map)
Cost: Sliding scale donation of $10-$20 to cover the costs of the event, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Any additional funds will be donated to the Council of Canadians’ water campaign.
Registration: Please sign up by September 19th due to limited seating.

In 2012, the former Harper government made sweeping changes to freshwater protections, including removing protections from 99 per cent of the lakes and rivers under Canada’s Navigable Waters Protection Act. The Trudeau government will be reviewing and holding consultations about restoring and modernizing freshwater protections.

Winnipeg, Headingley may ‘share the pain’ of Assiniboine River floods with Lake Manitoba

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Proposed changes to the way the province operates the Portage Diversion would send more Assiniboine River water downstream to ensure municipalities such as Headingley and Winnipeg “share the pain” of flooding with property owners along Lake Manitoba.

A review of Manitoba flood-control infrastructure operating guidelines, completed in 2015 but made public this summer, calls for a better balance between the needs of people living along Lake Manitoba — the shallow body of water prone to artificial flooding from the Portage Diversion — and people living along the lower portions of the Assiniboine River.

During the Assiniboine River flood of 2011, artificial flooding inundated ranchland and hayfields along Lake Manitoba and also allowed storms to destroy homes and cottages. Property owners along the lake claimed their interests were overlooked to protect those of vegetable farms and homes along the lower Assiniboine, including residences in Winnipeg. Read more