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CWRA Luncheon – Sept. 26, 2017 – Combined Sewer Overflows Are Now Regulated

Combined sewers are a legacy from early development in the City of Winnipeg, discharging land drainage and sewage to the rivers.  They were the standard design practice prior to sewage treatment plants being built.  Now dry weather sewage is collected from the combined sewer system and treated, however, overflows to the rivers do occur during rapid snow melt and heavy rain storms.

In order to control and reduce Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) in Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba issued the City of Winnipeg Environment Act (EA) Licence No. 3042 on September 4, 2013. This presentation will focus on the CSO Master Plan for the City of Winnipeg and how the new CSO EA Licence will change the way combined sewer districts are operated and redeveloped in the future.

Guest Speaker:  Duane Griffin P.Eng., Branch Head, Wastewater Planning and Project Delivery, City of Winnipeg.

Date and Time: September 26, 2017 @ Noon

Location: Holiday Inn South – 1330 Pembina Hwy.

Final deadline for registration – Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Non-Members Register here

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Panel on Current Hog Production in Manitoba – September 21, 2017

Pork and Pollution, from Land to Lake. Organic solutions for a sustainable future. A panel on current hog production in Manitoba…its impacts & more resilient Ag alternatives will take place this Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Eckhardt Gramatee Hall, University of Winnipeg.  Click here for a link to the facebook page for this event.

Conservation Consultation Could Lead To Less Flooding In The Southeast

Aug. 28, Steinbach Online:

The District Manager of the Seine/Rat River Conservation District is expecting issues like localized flooding to get a lot more attention through a consultation process announced last week by the Manitoba Government. The province wants input on practices like water retention and wetland restoration that involve giving farmers incentives to make environmental improvements.

Jodi Goerzen says there has been a long history in our region of draining land to make it productive for agriculture. But she adds this has led to a lot of localized flooding year after year. Goerzen hopes the consultation will lead to a new way of doing things.

“Rather than drain, thinking about; How can I look at alternatives to drainage? How can I do something sustainable, maybe hold some of that water back? And, what are options? Maybe there’s a payment for this, maybe there’s a program for this, maybe there’s something in the conservation district that we can look through and look for some alternative options to show people that there are really great alternatives that benefit both the landowner and the community.” Read more.

Feds, province need to intervene with U.S. water projects: NDP critic

Aug. 16, Winnipeg Sun:

Manitoba’s environment critic is pushing the provincial and federal governments to intervene with U.S. water projects he fears would send pollution flowing north.

NDP critic Rob Altemeyer says our leaders must confirm Manitoba’s water won’t be harmed by two potential projects that would send some American water over the border. Both projects had earlier versions Canadians opposed in the past.

“If North Dakota is proposing something and they can prove, beyond a doubt, that our waterways aren’t going to be impacted, then let’s hear that argument,” said Altemeyer. “Anything that could potentially damage our waterways, needs to be opposed by the provincial and federal governments.” Read more.