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Manitoba Launches Public Consultations on Watershed Planning Initiatives

Aug. 22, Provincial Government News Release: The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize

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

Conservation Consultation Could Lead To Less Flooding In The Southeast

Aug. 28, Steinbach Online: The District Manager of the Seine/Rat River Conservation District is expecting issues like localized flooding to get a lot more attention

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

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

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

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 Launches Public Consultations on Watershed Planning Initiatives

Aug. 22, Provincial Government News Release:

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

“Our government believes there are tremendous ecological opportunities to improve the future of our province through effective watershed management strategies,” said Squires.  “With the development of these watershed-based planning initiatives, our province will be better positioned to address the challenges of climate change, reduce nutrient loading in our lakes and waterways, protect against drainage and flooding, and improve water quality in partnership with landowners, stakeholders and other levels of government.”

Manitobans will be asked for input on a made-in-Manitoba program called GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW), a new partnership with farmers to create ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape.  It is based on the alternative land-use services model, originally developed in the province by Keystone Agricultural Producers and Delta Waterfowl Foundation.  It would encourage beneficial management practices like water retention, grassland restoration, wetland restoration or improved riparian area management by incenting farmers to create new environmental improvements in these areas. Read more.

Consultation documents are available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd.  Manitobans can submit comments to watershedconsult@gov.mb.ca or by mail until Oct. 6.

‘Pray for the waters’: Great Water Gathering brings Indigenous, non-Indigenous protectors together

Aug. 18, CBC News:

Aldeen Mason is a grandmother now, but she still remembers swimming in the Winnipeg River, in her home community of Sagkeeng First Nation. However, her favourite place to swim was also downstream from the local paper mill.

“Whatever they put into the waste, it went into the river and it affected us because we were downstream. And I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, I would start getting this guck on the bottom of our feet when we went swimming; it would stick to the bottom of your soles,” said Mason.

Eventually, the pollution from the mill meant that the Mason family was no longer able to swim in the river, and were forced to fish upstream from the mill.

“We used to have a lot of sturgeon in the river and now you hardly see [them],” she said.

She remembers her father walking to the local paper mill in the 1980s to join a protest.

“Eventually that paper mill closed down. I think it’s been about 20 years now,” she said. “Sure, people complain about the loss of jobs and stuff like that. For us, that was our life.” Read more.