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Controversy over hog manure continues

June 15, The Western Producer:

During the early 2000s, the effect of manure from hog barns on Lake Winnipeg was a huge story in Manitoba.

Environmental groups, media reports and the provincial government all said that phosphorus from hog manure was flowing into the lake and polluting it with excessive nutrients.

Now that the province may soon see new barns be built after 10 years of almost no construction, the familiar arguments are back.

However, Don Flaten, a University of Manitoba soil scientist and phosphorus expert, said the campaign against hog barns is absurd because pig manure contributes very little phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg. Read more.

Province creates new parks on Lake Winnipegosis, but leaves out island with mining potential

June 15, CBC News:

The province has extended protections to a network of islands on Lake Winnipegosis that local First Nations have worried could be vulnerable to mining, but the fate of one island remains unclear.

Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox announced the creation of Goose Island and Grand Island provincial parks Thursday. The parks comprise eight islands on Lake Winnipegosis, about 350 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

“These islands will be protected and will remain undeveloped, ensuring that Manitobans are able to enjoy our natural sites and Indigenous peoples have continued access to the area for hunting, trapping, fishing and other traditional pursuits,” Cox said in a statement. Read more.

Seine River Sweep cleans up Winnipeg’s waterways

Canoeists traversed the Seine River and Red River in Winnipeg Sunday, but instead of simply basking in the natural landscape, they were searching for trash to collect.

The clean-up, called the Seine River Sweep, was the brainchild of André MacNair, who frequently canoes the river. He became concerned about the amount of garbage he saw in the water and on its neighbouring trails.

He and a group of friends first tested the sweep in April, gathering some surprising items.

“We gathered about a full truckload of garbage, so the whole box was full, had a computer monitor, there was … whatever you want to name, it was probably in the river.” Read more.

Dealing with Weeds: Workshop and Volunteer Opportunity

Date: June 23, 2017 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: 215 St Anne’s Rd, Winnipeg

All are welcome to attend the upcoming educational volunteering event for the Niakwa trail rain garden. This will consist of a presentation that will be going over what a rain garden is and what positive affects they have on the environment. We invite you to stay after the presentation for a volunteer/workshop primarily consisting of how to spot weeds apart from natural grasses and how to maintain a healthy rain garden. We hope to see you all there.

The rain garden is located on the south side of the Superstore parking lot located at 215 St Anne’s Rd, it will take place on Friday June 23rd from 9am-11am

If you have any question feel free to contact our representative at