Archive for Water Quality

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.

Feds, province need to intervene with U.S. water projects: NDP critic

Aug. 16, Winnipeg Sun:

Manitoba’s environment critic is pushing the provincial and federal governments to intervene with U.S. water projects he fears would send pollution flowing north.

NDP critic Rob Altemeyer says our leaders must confirm Manitoba’s water won’t be harmed by two potential projects that would send some American water over the border. Both projects had earlier versions Canadians opposed in the past.

“If North Dakota is proposing something and they can prove, beyond a doubt, that our waterways aren’t going to be impacted, then let’s hear that argument,” said Altemeyer. “Anything that could potentially damage our waterways, needs to be opposed by the provincial and federal governments.” Read more.

Low levels of pesticide found in Manitoba lake after dead crayfish discovered on shore

Aug. 26, CBC News:

Water tests have confirmed the presence of a pesticide in a western Manitoba lake and while officials say swimming in the lake is still safe, eating fish from it isn’t advised.

Campers raised the alarm at Seech Lake, north of Oakburn, Man. — approximately 250 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg — about two weeks ago after finding dead water beetles and crayfish on the shore.

Manitoba Sustainable Development and Health Canada both collected water samples and launched investigations as a result.

On Friday, a provincial spokesperson confirmed a pesticide, sold under the brand name Matador, was found in the lake in low levels. The levels detected were below what would be considered a health concern.

“Testing of Seech Lake indicates that lake users can resume use of the lake water for domestic uses and swimming,” a provincial spokesperson said on Friday of the investigation’s status. Read more.

Manitoba experts fear N.D. water plan harmful here

Aug. 11, Winnipeg Sun:

A proposal to address drought in the U.S. by shifting water into the Red River Valley has sparked fears of invasive species and added pollution in Manitoba.

But those who support the Red River Valley Water Supply Project say it would send only treated water up to Canada and much less of it than a previous failed proposal envisioned.

The State of North Dakota has budgeted up to $30 million for the project, including $17 million for planning and permitting, and $13 million for construction, pending approvals. Duane DeKrey, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in North Dakota, said the project still awaits several approvals but he’s optimistic construction will be permitted. Read more.