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Alum a useful tool to combat toxic algae

The chemical has been used in the U.S. to clear lakes of algal blooms but hasn’t seen widespread acceptance in Canada

It’s no magic bullet, but aluminum sulphate can significantly reduce toxic algal blooms in lakes, American scientist John Holz told conservationists at a Winnipeg conference on December 3. “It is a common tool,” said Holz, whose company HAB Aquatic Solutions, has done 104 applications of the product, also called ‘alum,’ in the U.S. Holz spoke

Dori Gingera-Beauchemin, deputy minister of agriculture and resource development, speaks at the 2019 MCDA conference in Winnipeg, December 4.

Watershed districts waiting on funds to bring in new municipalities

Expansion has been on hold while the program is modernized, the province says

At least five municipalities are waiting in the wings to join watershed districts, some for at least three years, but provincial funding is maxed out. Conservation district members pressed Deputy Ag Minister Dori Gingera-Beauchemin and her staff for answers during a Q-and-A session at the recent Manitoba Conservation Districts Association conference in Winnipeg. Half of


Students from Carman Collegiate present on how they taught elementary aged kids about watersheds and conservation at an MCDA conference in Winnipeg on Dec. 4.

Manitoba students turn conservation teachers

High school students developed lesson plans for elementary schoolchildren

Students from Pilot Mound, Swan Valley and Carman won recognition and cash for teaching kids about watershed conservation in the first Healthy Watersheds Student Project competition. “It’s a pleasure to watch these kids,” said Cliff Greenfield, manager of Pembina Valley Conservation District as he announced the first-place winners at a Manitoba Conservation Districts Association conference on Dec. 3. The assignment asked Grade 8 to


Consultations on streamlined drainage regulation end January 19

The draft regulations aim to reduce red tape and wait times, while increasing protection for wetlands

Manitobans have until January 19 to tell the province what they like — or don’t like — about the approach it proposes to protect wetlands as it introduces changes to Water Rights Regulation. Manitoba is introducing the most significant changes to Water Rights Regulation since the 1980s. The proposals include a more streamlined drainage approval


Province seeking public input on proposed Water Rights regulations

Consultations continue until January 19 with citizen input helping refine the upcoming rules

The biggest changes to Manitoba’s water rights regulations since the late 1980s are expected to be finalized and implemented later this spring, with public consultations on what’s proposed ongoing until January 19. Manitoba Sustainable Development is proposing Water Rights Regulation that would support a new streamlined approach to drainage and water retention approvals, plus a

Part of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan, the $102-million Conservation Trust will fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure in Manitoba.

A watershed moment — province funds Conservation Trust

When fully capitalized, the fund is expected to generate about $5 million a year for projects and environmental goods and services

The ink is now dry on Manitoba’s new Conservation Trust agreement, and groups looking to it to support new programs with it should submit letters of intent by January 15. The province signed its agreement December 11, putting in an initial $28-million contribution this month, towards making the $102-million trust it announced in last spring’s

Some new proposed initiatives will create a new model for the province.

New era beginning for conservation work, says MCDA chairman

Meetings held to talk over future boundary changes, new programming

It’s a new day for conservation efforts in Manitoba, according to the chair of the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association. Ray Frey, who’s also an executive member of the Little Saskatchewan Conservation District, says there are a number of new and proposed initiatives that are going to create a new paradigm in the province. There’s the


Local projects for multi-beneficial water management were cited by staff with Seine-Rat River Conservation District speaking at the 42nd annual Manitoba Conservation Districts Association convention in December.

CDs cite need for multi-benefit water control projects

Flood preparations alone won’t buy a litre of drought protection, 
say MCDA speakers


Will there be flooding? Will there be drought? Planning for both is essential to help ward off the financial hits these weather extremes bring, speakers at last month’s Manitoba Conservation Districts Association convention said. In the Seine-Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) they’re looking at ways to be ready for whatever climate change brings, and to

Allan and Karen Sabados have operated their greenhouse business since the early 1990s, evolving their operational practices over the years to ensure a healthy environment both inside the greenhouse and out.

Interlake greenhouse operators aim for lightest possible environmental footprint

This greenhouse’s pest management strategy uses a sophisticated system of interconnected biological controls

A first impression upon stepping inside this Interlake greenhouse is its owners must have a lot of pairs of hands helping them keep their plants so green and healthy. But Karen and Allan Sabados don’t have a big payroll at all. Sabados Greenhouse is a family business and the couple employs only their daughter. The