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PED jumps across Red River, but expert confident spread is under control

July 27, The Western Producer: Porcine epidemic diarrhea has spread to the west side of the Red River in Manitoba for the first time. However,

City weighing options on how to deal with sewer overflow problem

Aug. 5, Winnipeg Sun: Combined sewer overflows dumped another 9.2 billion litres of diluted sewage into Winnipeg rivers last year. And those lobbying to clean

We’re Hiring: Water Caucus Program Manager

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Water Caucus Program Manager educates Manitobans about provincial water topics and issues, and provides feedback to government and other

Warnings issued for beaches around Manitoba

July 28, CTV News: The province sent out a warning Thursday evening about algae and elevated levels of E. coli at some Manitoba beaches. A

10 years of fighting pollution, but algae blooms still threaten Lake Winnipeg

July 24, Metro News:

Advocates will “Walk for Water” this weekend to fight the same Lake Winnipeg pollution fight over the past 10 years—except now the solution is more complicated.

On Monday, days before the walk, the federal government announced a $25.7-million investment into the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program with the aim of reducing nutrient pollution, protecting freshwater quality and collaborating with Indigenous peoples, according to a news release.

“Ten years ago, it was the concern over algae blooms that spurred the original founders of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation,” said Alexis Kanu, the foundation’s executive director, adding any funds they receive would go towards addressing that same concern.

On Sunday, when people gather in Matlock, Manitoba for a five-kilometre walk to raise awareness about lake preservation, they might see some of the slimy substance causing all the trouble.

Blue-green algae is caused by runoff from farmer’s fields and city streets that drains into Lake Winnipeg, overloading the water with nutrients, said Kanu.

The more recent factors of climate change and zebra mussels, an invasive species first found in Lake Winnipeg in 2013, complicate matters further. Read more.

Region Prepares For Eventual Droughts

July 24, Pembina Valley Online:

“It’s not if we’ll have another drought, it’s when.”

That according to Pembina Valley Water Coop Board Member Marvin Plett.

The grim prediction is spurring on the 14 municipalities represented in the Pembina Valley Water Coop (PVWC) to begin planning for probable worst-case scenarios.

History reveals the prairies cycle through dry/wet periods.

“We’re in a wet cycle right now, but the drought of the 1930’s will happen again,” Plett says. “We need to plan for it.”

While the year long droughts of the last century were devastating, Plett notes the added challenge is the population in the Pembina Valley has dramatically increased in the last 80 years.

In the past, most farms relied on wells and dugouts, some capable of providing a year’s worth of water. Now, most farms are mostly supplied by the PVWC. Read more.

Liberals commit $25.7M for Lake Winnipeg restoration

July 24, Winnipeg Sun:

The federal government is upping the ante in hopes that the world’s 10th largest freshwater lake can be saved from the dire challenges it faces.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced an increase in funding for Lake Manitoba on Monday at a press conference at FortWhyte Alive. The Liberals have pledged $25.7 million in funding over five years to help restoration and protection efforts for Lake Winnipeg and its basin.

“We’re providing stable, long-term funding so we can work with the partners, work very closely with the government of Manitoba, with the Indigenous communities and local stakeholders,” McKenna said. “We’re very focused on outcomes. I think we now need to make sure we are measuring outcomes based on science and incorporating traditional knowledge.” Read more. 

Manitoba community takes zebra mussel fight into their own hands as province fails to issue fines

July 26, CTV News:

While the province is fighting to protect Manitoba lakes from being further infested from zebra mussels, one community has taken the battle into its own hands.

The invasive species are becoming a growing concern in Manitoba and have already infested three bodies of water: Lake Winnipeg, the Red River and Cedar Lake.

But people near Gull Lake, a mere 10 km’s from Grand Beach, are doing everything they can to ensure they don’t end up there too.

The Gull Lake Management Board has invested in its own pressure washer and set up a decontamination area by the boat launch. Read more.