June 30, CTV News:
A celebration was held in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Friday to mark the beginning of construction of a new all-weather road.
The 24 kilometre Freedom Road will connect Shoal Lake 40 to the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba.It will provide year-round access between the mainland and the isolated community, which is located in northwestern Ontario just east of the Manitoba-Ontario border.
“This is a very special day today,” Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky told a crowd of around 50 people gathered inside the community’s arena. “It’s been a long, long journey to get to this point.”
The community was cut off from the mainland more than a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with drinking water. Shoal Lake 40 has been under a boil-water advisory for 20 years. Once the road is built, a water treatment plant will be the community’s next big project. Read more.
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.
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.
Please click on the following link for details: http://www.ccme.ca/en/resources/water/groundwater.html
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation invites you to join them at FortWhyte Alive for a special event where they will be announcing the 2016 recipients of their grants program and showcasing some of the amazing work being done across Manitoba to restore and protect our shared waters.
When: Wednesday, March 22, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: FortWhyte Alive – Alloway Reception Centre (1961 McCreary Rd, Winnipeg)
Come out to celebrate local watershed stewardship efforts and chat with the people behind these vital research, education and stewardship projects!