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Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach: Guidance for Application

Canadian Council for Minsters of the Environment has posted Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach: Guidance for Application.

The document is intended to assist users to successfully apply the Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach (GSAA) developed by CCME. The document provides a balance of high-level guidance and practical how-to advice, highlighting issues and actions jurisdictions should take into account in implementation of the approach. The guidance is comprehensive in scope with specific explanations on the GSAA, definitions and principles.

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Commitment to a cleaner lake and greener living earns community recognition

March 1, Manitoba Co-operator:

Dunnottar has a tree-lined pathway, curbside recycling and makes the yard waste it composts available to local residents to use in this lakeside village’s large number of community gardens.

It does water conservation education too. Someday the local government hopes to heat its municipal office with solar panels.

But it’s how this small village of about 700 in winter — and 4,000 during cottage season — treats its waste water that makes it really stand out as a place planning for long-term sustainability. Read more.

Where the lakes have no names

February 24, Winnipeg Free Press:

Des Kappel, the provincial toponymist in charge of naming land features, gets some unusual requests. When Valentine’s Day approaches, young men will call asking how to go about getting a lake named for their girlfriends. He breaks their hearts gently, telling them it doesn’t work that way.

“I could probably do that but at the expense of my principal employment,” he jokes.

It also doesn’t work this way. Kappel does not start his day by walking into his cubicle, strapping on a blindfold and tossing a dart at a big provincial map mounted on his office wall. His cluttered office includes many rolled and unrolled topographical maps, but a dart does not determine what’s named next. No, naming lakes and other provincial land features is a complex — and vital — endeavour.

And there is plenty of work to do. There are about 100,000 lakes of any size in Manitoba, according to a provincial survey from the 1970s. About 10,000 have been named to date; so there’s 90,000 to go. Read more.

Young people are forging across Lake Winnipeg

February 22, CHVN95.1FM:

A team of 11 young people is trekking across the frozen ice of Lake Winnipeg, taking three days to venture the shores of Camp Arnes to Victoria Beach.

The adventure is an annual event, part of Camp Arne’s Forge program. Executive Director, William Wear, explains that the Forge program is the camp’s year-long apprenticeship program in camp ministry. “They’re learning everything there is to know about camp, as well as gaining valuable certifications such as lifeguarding. They also take a number of Bible courses, and they learn to grow in community surrounded by other Christians.” Read more.