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Feds announce cash for Experimental Lakes Area

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The Trudeau government is spending $1.7 million over the next two years on environmental research at the Experimental Lakes Area, the northwestern Ontario scientific facility

Boil water advisory issued for West Hawk Lake

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When Paul Reichert arrived at his home in West Hawk Lake Saturday night, he was surprised to find a note stuck to his door with duct

Tories proceed to ecocertify Manitoba lakes

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The Pallister government intends to ecocertify the fisheries on Manitoba’s largest lakes, following through on a plan hatched during the waning days of the Selinger government.

Caddy Lake restrictions ended

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Several weeks after the Whiteshell was hit by torrential rain, many, but not all, related closures and restrictions have finally ended. Manitoba Sustainable Development confirmed

Governments of Canada and Manitoba support two Wastewater Treatment Plant projects

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Canadians count on effective and reliable municipal services, such as water and wastewater treatment systems, to assure a healthy environment for their families and to

Experimental Lakes Area breathes new life into scientific research

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A few minutes before lunch, Lee Hrenchuk is down by the beach, scraping mucous off a northern pike. This is not some bleeding-edge culinary practice,

Boil water advisory issued for West Hawk Lake

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When Paul Reichert arrived at his home in West Hawk Lake Saturday night, he was surprised to find a note stuck to his door with duct tape warning him not to drink his water without boiling it first.

“It laid out how long to boil the water and for children not to drink it and to be very careful when you have a shower,” Reichert said, adding he has been living in the area for the past 66 years and can’t remember the last time such an advisory was issued.

Samples taken from the West Hawk Lake regional water supply Thursday tested positive for Total Coliform bacteria, prompting the Manitoba government to issue a precautionary boil water advisory for the eastern Manitoba community Saturday.

Total Coliform represents a group of bacteria that includes Escherichia coli (E .coli) and other forms of naturally occurring Coliform bacteria that are found in soil. Read more

 

Feds announce cash for Experimental Lakes Area

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The Trudeau government is spending $1.7 million over the next two years on environmental research at the Experimental Lakes Area, the northwestern Ontario scientific facility once threatened with closure by the former Harper government.

Kenora Liberal MP Bob Nault announced $850,000 in annual, short-term funding for the former federal facility, which Ottawa transferred in 2014 to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a Winnipeg-based environmental policy think tank.

During the federal election campaign in 2015, the Liberals promised to “make new investments in Canada’s world-leading IISD Experimental Lakes Area.”

They followed up on that pledge, with Nault making an announcement Tuesday in Kenora on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc. Read more

AUG 11th – Volunteer planting/weeding at Rain Garden

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The Niakwa Trail Rain Garden demonstrates how native plants and landscaping can be used to manage runoff from rain events. The garden, installed last fall, is planted with hundreds of native plants that are still establishing. As with any new site, the weeds are happily taking advantage of the disturbed soil, and settling in.

We have two volunteer events left this summer to help keep the space cleared for the native plants, to allow them to establish as the dominant vegetation. We also have some new plants to install to replace some of the die off.

Come join us on any of the dates below to learn about rain gardens, get some fresh air, and help us make this project a success! Bring gardening gloves and weeding tools if you have them, and water!

Upcoming weeding dates are:
August 11 9am – 12pm (Rain Date, Tuesday Aug 16th)
August 25 3pm – 6pm (stay tuned, this may change to a morning event)

Parking is available in the parking lot at Superstore (215 St. Anne’s Rd.), and the garden is just south of the parking lot.

Contact Megan with questions: water@mbeconetwork.org, 204-943-0318

Experimental Lakes Area breathes new life into scientific research

MIKE APORIUS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES

A few minutes before lunch, Lee Hrenchuk is down by the beach, scraping mucous off a northern pike.

This is not some bleeding-edge culinary practice, as much as some chefs in Toronto probably wish it were.

Hrenchuk, a biologist at northwestern Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area, hopes chemical markers in the slime covering the species, affectionately known as “snot rockets” to local anglers, will yield a means of determining the health of fish.

Every year, tens of thousands of fish are killed in Canada solely for tissue samples that allow biologists to monitor the effects of industrial pollutants on aquatic life. On the smallest and most remote lakes and rivers, this is not a sustainable practice, even though the environmental monitoring is intended to protect fish.

That led Vince Palace, an aquatic toxicologist at the institution officially known as ELA-IISD, to try to devise a non-lethal means of determining the health of freshwater fish. (The IISD stands for International Institute for Sustainable Development, the non-profit organization that runs the area.) Read more