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We’re Hiring: Water Caucus Program Manager

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Water Caucus Program Manager educates Manitobans about provincial water topics and issues, and provides feedback to government and other organizations about water issues. The Water Caucus Program Manager will be an accomplished and respected team member, with a strong background in program delivery and getting things done.  A passion for the environment is what binds the staff at the Eco-Network together. View the full posting here.

PED jumps across Red River, but expert confident spread is under control

July 27, The Western Producer:

Porcine epidemic diarrhea has spread to the west side of the Red River in Manitoba for the first time.

However, it has just barely crossed and the Manitoba Agriculture veterinarian overseeing control efforts thinks there is no reason it can’t be contained to that one tiny beachhead.

However, a risky time is approaching for many hog farmers who have had infected herds but will soon need to move market hogs.

“There will be scenarios where pigs from infected premises will have to go to non-infected premises for finishing,” Glen Duizer said last week in a conference call “town hall” with Alberta hog farmers. Read more.

Region Prepares For Eventual Droughts

July 24, Pembina Valley Online:

“It’s not if we’ll have another drought, it’s when.”

That according to Pembina Valley Water Coop Board Member Marvin Plett.

The grim prediction is spurring on the 14 municipalities represented in the Pembina Valley Water Coop (PVWC) to begin planning for probable worst-case scenarios.

History reveals the prairies cycle through dry/wet periods.

“We’re in a wet cycle right now, but the drought of the 1930’s will happen again,” Plett says. “We need to plan for it.”

While the year long droughts of the last century were devastating, Plett notes the added challenge is the population in the Pembina Valley has dramatically increased in the last 80 years.

In the past, most farms relied on wells and dugouts, some capable of providing a year’s worth of water. Now, most farms are mostly supplied by the PVWC. Read more.

Manitoba community takes zebra mussel fight into their own hands as province fails to issue fines

July 26, CTV News:

While the province is fighting to protect Manitoba lakes from being further infested from zebra mussels, one community has taken the battle into its own hands.

The invasive species are becoming a growing concern in Manitoba and have already infested three bodies of water: Lake Winnipeg, the Red River and Cedar Lake.

But people near Gull Lake, a mere 10 km’s from Grand Beach, are doing everything they can to ensure they don’t end up there too.

The Gull Lake Management Board has invested in its own pressure washer and set up a decontamination area by the boat launch. Read more.