Archive for Water Quality


Tuesday, November 15, 2017 @ 11:30 am CST


ABSTRACT – Rural communities are challenged to bring together sustainable funding for conservation and watershed protection. These efforts have been perceived as ‘environmental’ work, and not necessarily linked to community basic needs. The first part of this webinar explores linking watershed protection to basic policy values of quality of life, infrastructure, and basic needs to change the way that watersheds are treated in funding. The second part of this webinar will focus on the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, a tax-based fund for conservation that was the first of its kind in Canada, including why and how it was established and what accomplishments have been to date.


Juliet Craig is the Program Manager, Kootenay Conservation Program. She has an M.Sc. in ethnobotany and is a Registered Professional Biologist and Professional Agrologist. She works out of Nelson and has a broad range of conservation experience including invasive plant management, bat conservation, species at risk planning, and environmental education.

Dr. Tara Lynne Clapp is the Senior Manager, Columbia Basin Watershed Network (CBWN) and Adjunct Professor, Great Plains IDEA Program, Iowa State University. She has PhD in Planning and Environment from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Through research, teaching and practice, she works with others towards collaborative and regional approaches to improving watershed decision-making.

5-Year Fight Removes Less than 1% of Phosphorus from Lake Winnipeg Basin

Please click here to view this current CBC article on Lake Winnipeg.

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

Members Register here

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.