Archive for Water Quality

Cost for North End sewage upgrades now pegged at $1.4B

CBC News, Dec 1, 2017 – Winnipeg’s most expensive construction project is now even more expensive.

Upgrades to the North End water-pollution control centre, the largest of the city’s three sewage treatment plants, are now expected to cost $1.4 billion, a rise of $600 million from the last estimate.

A report to city council’s finance committee said the higher cost is a result of a new conceptual design. While officials hinted in September the new estimate would be “more than $1 billion,” the report published Friday is the first to formalize the new project cost.

Neurotoxin found in some Lake Winnipeg algae

CBC News, November 29, 2017 – A new study found a neurotoxin linked to diseases including ALS and Alzheimer’s in blue-green algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg.

News Release – Province to Improve Health of Lakes and Waterways with Stronger Watershed Management

November 30, 2017 – The Manitoba government has introduced new proposed legislation (the Sustainable Watersheds Act) aimed at strengthening watershed management in the province through measures that would include protecting wetlands, improving approval processes and enforcement for drainage projects, and modernizing the conservation districts program, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

Manitoba’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Your input is important!

As you are likely aware, the province recently launched their Made in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.  One of the pillars of this plan includes water.  Information and proposed suggestions on how to address water issues can be found on pages 9, 33-49 and 52.  You can download a copy of the plan here – Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and provide your comments regarding how the plan addresses water issue in the province here – views, ideas, and suggestions