Category Archives: Climate Change

Fishers thrilled with long season on the water

People who love to fish are thrilled with the warmer temperatures that have graced Manitoba this fall.

It means an extended season for those who can’t get enough on the water.

Lake Winnipeg and the Red River still haven’t frozen.

Even in late November, Garther Cheung and Lee Nolden are still chasing the feeling of another catch.

“Any time you can be on open water fishing in November it’s phenomenal,” said Cheung.

A former guide in northern Manitoba, Nolden moved from the United States to fish here, over 30 years ago.

Nolden who has picked up nickname of ‘The Godfather’ of Lake Winnipeg, doesn’t recall a fall quite like this.

“Not this nice, no,” Nolden said on Sunday from Cheung’s boat. “Not that I can remember that somebody can get out fish and things,” he added.

On Wednesday, Nolden and Cheung said they reeled in 200 fish from Lake Winnipeg by Pine Falls. Read more.

Brisbane’s journey to become a water-wise city

Water defines Brisbane as a river city. It provides a sense of place through thousands of kilometres of waterways and sustains our population, biodiversity and natural areas. Water powers Australia’s New World City, which is home to more than one million people and is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

The significant floods that hit Brisbane in 2011 and 2013 and the Millennium Drought (1995 – 2009) have reshaped our city’s relationship with water, highlighting the importance of managing water at all stages of the water cycle. To ensure Brisbane meets the challenges of an increasing population, and to respond to our changing climate, Brisbane City Council has developed strategies around water conservation, recycling and reuse, along with an integrated approach to mitigating flood risks to enhance city resilience. Read more.

SDGs are a new focus for restoring water quality and river ecosystems

Governments around the world have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to stop and reverse the decline of water quality and the destruction of freshwater ecosystems. They have set ambitious targets to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials”, and to “protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes”.

This is an opportunity to reverse decades, or even centuries, of environmental degradation, and to get serious about replenishing the environment.

What is the size and scale of the effort required to reach the goals set for 2030? There are around 165 major rivers in the world with a total length of approximately 300,000 km; and many smaller rivers, with an approximate length of another 300,000 km. This leaves us about 600,000 km of rivers to deal with.

This is no small task. But restoring water quality, healthy ecosystems and biodiversity will not only benefit freshwater ecosystems and users downstream, including rapidly growing cities, but also marine life in coastal areas and the oceans. Read more. 

Red River Basin Municipalities Talk Climate Change

Municipal leaders from across the southern Red River Valley gathered in Morris this week for the Third Annual Red River Basin Commission South Chapter Fundraiser Dinner.

This year’s theme, Climate Adaptation – With An Agricultural Perspective, featured Manitoba municipal relations minister Eileen Clarke and Dr. Hank Venema from the Prairie Climate Centre as the guest speakers.

South Chapter board chair Don Wiebe says the issue of climate change is a timely one having come through one of the wetter summers on record.

“With the extreme moisture we experienced this year and given that our weather patterns are changing, we were looking for information on what to expect in the years to come,” said Wiebe. “Dr. Venema talked about the challenges that municipalities will face with respect to planning, policy, infrastructure and economic activity.”

Municipal leaders were also told that climate change can create opportunities for them when it comes to dealing with issues like drought. Read more.