If you can't remember your password, enter your login email address below and we'll send you a new one.
The CCEMC is an Alberta based not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to expand climate change knowledge, develop new renewable technologies and explore practical implementation methods. The 2012 Call for Renewable Energy proposals is open to innovators from around the world. This call is intended to encourage and support discovery, development and implementation of renewable energy technologies.
Up to $40M has been made available to fund all projects under this Call for Propo...Read More
MEIA is acting on behalf of Green Manitoba to facilitate a consultation regarding a waste and recycling strategy.
As part of “TomorrowNow - Manitoba’s Green Plan”, the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship is developing a waste and recycling strategy for release in the fall of 2014. The strategy will outline new, more aggressive targets for waste diversion with a strong focus on Organic waste diversion and Construction, Renovation, and Demolition waste diversion.
Please join us for a preliminary consultation that would include a brief presentation providing the background and proposed details of the strategy followed by an opportunity for discussion and input from all participants.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Presentation and discussion
Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St. Wpg., MB
Note: There is no charge to attend this event. Funding provided by Green Manitoba. REGISTER HERE
Building on our commitment made in TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, the Province is soliciting input from the public on possible amendments to The Environment Act and potential new protocols for environmental assessments. All Manitobans are invited and encouraged to provide input.
The purpose of undertaking the review is to ensure the Act continues to provide an effective framework for environmental protection and enforcement, and reflects the values and technologies of today’s society. Additionally, the review will provide an opportunity to enhance existing tools such as the public registry system, identify new tools such as cumulative effects assessments, and identify new areas for assessment such as climate change and other resource developments currently not covered by the Act.
To review proposed changes and offer comments and suggestions, please read the Environment Act Consultation: The road to enhancing environmental protection in Manitoba".
The public will have until September 30, 2014 to comment.
For more information on TomorrowNow, visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/
Royalties Could Earn Manitoba $2 Billion
By: Martin Cash and Bartley Kives
The Selinger government is about to invite the world's potash producers to sink their machines into a western Manitoba mine that could generate $2 billion worth of royalties for the province over the course of 40 years.
After decades of poking around the Russell-McAuley potash deposit, a mineral formation located below Manitoba's western edge, the province is serious about attracting interest in developing a mine.
The Potash Corporation of Manitoba is preparing to issue letters to major mining-industry players -- including Canadian potash companies Agrium, Mosaic and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan -- to gather expressions of interest in developing a $3-billion to $4-billion Russell-McAuley mine.
Slightly more than one billion tonnes of potash are estimated to lie 800 metres to one kilometre below ground in the 2,247-square-kilometre Russell-McAuley deposit, which the province claims is comparable in quality and mining conditions to similar deposits across the Saskatchewan border, where Agrium, Mosaic and Potash Corp. operate mines.
The Manitoba deposit covers large stretches of the RMs of Russell and Ellice, between the Assiniboine River and the Saskatchewan border. The province has been promoting its development for decades, but was stymied by the fact the rights were divided among a number of different owners.
Manitoba Potash Corp., a Crown corporation, acquired all the rights over the past year, making the entire potash deposit available for development. It has created the opportunity for a single company to crunch the numbers, figure out the technical issues related to the construction of a Russell-McAuley mine and ultimately determine whether it's feasible.
"For the first time since potash exploration started in Manitoba in 1959, the entire resource is now under the control of one entity," said Chris Beaumont-Smith, acting manager of the province's minerals policy, who led the potash-mine marketing effort. "We have no interest in being a potash miner. We are just looking to create the opportunity."
The scope of the potential project is huge. Over a 40-year lifespan, the mine could yield two million tonnes of potash per year, sustain close to 600 jobs and create a $60-million annual payroll -- in addition to generating $2 billion worth of mining royalty revenues for the province over the life of the mine.
The catch is, even if a mine is feasible to build -- something by no means certain -- it would take seven years to develop. The undertaking also faces a serious short-term obstacle in that potash prices are at a six-year low.
Given the 55-year history of Manitoba potash exploration, mining proponents are cautious about the prospects of the expression-of-interest letter resulting in an actual mine.
Exploration companies have come and gone in the area in recent decades, all testing the waters, said Ed Huebert, executive director of the Mining Association of Manitoba.
"But anything the province can do to promote mineral development in Manitoba is a good thing," he said.
"I'll believe it when I see it," added Robert Muir, the RM of Russell's outgoing reeve. "It would be wonderful if it happened. We've been looking at it for years and it still hasn't come about."
Over the past several years, mining companies such as Agrium and BHP Billiton have spent tens of millions on exploratory drilling on properties overlying the deposit.
On one parcel of land now incorporated into the Manitoba Potash Corporation's holding, the Crown corporation was in a partnership with BHP Billiton, which completed an internal scoping study of a potash mine. When BHP Billiton decided to divest, Manitoba Potash acquired that stake for a nominal fee.
Agrium held an exploration lease on another former parcel for several years. It was negotiating with the province on a production lease, but chose not to pursue a mine. That land then reverted back to the Crown.
As recently as 2013, a provincial mineral-resources report, citing a BHP Billiton assessment, described a two-million-tonne-per-year mine as "technically feasible" while facing "significant technical and economic challenges."
Source: Winnipeg Free Press July 23, 2014
The Manitoba government will purchase 60 new automated weather stations and place them across the province, adding to an existing network to provide additional accurate and detailed weather information, Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton announced today.
"Significant weather events can affect thousands of people provincewide so we are investing in new equipment to ensure Manitobans have the most up-to-date weather information possible," said Minister Ashton. "These weather stations will improve our ability to forecast floods and droughts, fight forest fires and ensure Manitoba's farmers can access the detailed weather information they need."
The new weather stations, which will begin to be installed this fall, will include all-season precipitation gauges to collect snow and rainfall precipitation to improve flood forecasting related to spring thaws and rainfall-driven events. They will transmit hourly data on air temperature, humidity, rainfall and soil temperature.
The minister noted 20 stations will be placed in areas at risk for forest fires to support Manitoba's firefighting prevention programs. The other 40 stations will be located in agricultural areas to enhance Manitoba's agro-meteorology program, which provides weather-related information and other tools to producers at no charge, which is then used for their crop and land-management decisions. The new weather stations will also improve the Manitoba government's ability to report on crop and soil conditions, assess risks from crop diseases and insects, and support decision-making for the crop-residue burning program.
"Everyone likes to talk about the weather, but these new automated stations will provide critical information for farmers as it guides their decisions that can sometimes mean the difference between profit and loss," said Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn. "More weather stations will result in more accurate, timely information and better resources for producers."
The expansion of the weather station network was a recommendation from the
2011 Flood Review Task Force. Minister Ashton noted meteorological data from all weather stations across the province will be used to help officials assess and forecast weather events such as heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding.
In addition to Environment Canada weather stations, Manitoba currently operates 50 permanent weather stations and 20 seasonal weather stations.
All of the new weather stations will meet international measurement standards to ensure accuracy.
Nominations Open For 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Awards: Minister Mackintosh
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Excellence in Sustainability Awards, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"There is no shortage of great ideas from the creative, environmentally conscious people of this province and we're always looking to celebrate successful ideas that support the goal of reducing our impact on the environment," said Minister Mackintosh. "We encourage communities and individuals to submit their programs or projects for recognition."
Any individual, business, organization or community group in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated for one award in the following categories:action on climate change, air quality and energy efficiency; sustainability in water and natural area stewardship; sustainability in pollution prevention and product stewardship; education for sustainability; innovation and research for sustainability; champion for sustainability; sustainable community; and outstanding achievement in sustainability.
The awards are open to all Manitoba residents, any organization or business operating in or initiatives taking place in the province.
For more information about the awards program and how to apply, call 204-945-4391 in Winnipeg or 1‑800-282-8069 (toll-free), email email@example.com or visit the website at: www.manitoba.ca/conservation/susresmb/mrtsd/mesa/.
The deadline for nominations and applications is noon, Friday, Sept. 26.
The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development established the awards program in 2008 to showcase individual and collective efforts that incorporate the positive impact of decisions and actions on the environment, the economy, and human health and well-being.
The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development is an advisory board that provides advice and support to the Manitoba government about responsible resource management and land use, and environmental, social and economic development.
TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan highlights sustainability issues and Manitoba's efforts in this area. For more information on TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan, visit: www.manitoba.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/..
Program pays environmental employers up to $12,000 to host a young professiona
Environmental work in Canada is getting a boost,with an opportunity for employers to get paid for hiring young professionals throughECO Canada’s International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) program.
Eligible Canadian companies can receive up to $12,000 to host a young professional in a full-time, permanent position related to the environment, such as environmental protection, resource management or sustainability.
With the high current rate of youth unemployment and strong skill shortages in the environmental sector, the IEYC program offers a win-win solution for unemployed or underemployed young professionals and employers.
The program has a strong history of success: 90.5% of 2013 IEYC interns secured full-time jobs after their internship term and 95% of 2013 IEYC hostsreported that their intern met or exceeded their expectations.
Key features of the IEYC wage-subsidyprogram include:Up to $12,000 in individual wage-subsidies available on a first-come, first-served basis Young professionals can apply to be pre-approved for fundingto assist their job search Internship positions must be full-timeand permanent, with a significant environmental and international component to the role Employer hosts must be Canadian-owned or a Canadian subsidiary; Interns must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants Interns must be 30 years of age or younger and unemployed, underemployed or working outside their field of study
Funding is limited, so employers must apply early to qualify for the full wage-subsidy. Apply today at: http://bit.ly/1xzmecP
About ECO Canada:
ECO Canada develops programs that help individuals build meaningful environmental careers, provides employers with resources to find and keep the best environmental practitioners, and informs educators and governments of employment trends to ensure the ongoing prosperity of this growing sector. ECO Canada is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program. For more information please visit: www.eco.ca.
For more information and interview requests, please contact:
Ph: (403) 476-1953
Fax: (403) 269-9544
reprinted from Winnipeg free Press
The flood waves are still moving through Manitoba, but already it is clear that in many areas of eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, 2014 has seen the largest flood since settlement. It is also the most exceptional flood -- caused by rainfall, rather than snowmelt and it occurred in June and July, rather than April and May.
The extraordinary nature of the deluge taxed provincial resources and pushed water managers to innovate with water control structures that were originally designed to deal with spring snowmelts that typically give longer lead times for response. The 2011 flood of record in the Assiniboine River was caused primarily by snowmelt as had all other recorded floods in the river.
This shift indicates a dramatic regime change in Manitoba hydrology from snowmelt to rainfall that may be partly due to climate change. This flood was not just a manifestation of weather extremes due to climate change. It was likely magnified by the impact of artificial drainage of prairie wetlands across fields in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This drainage increases both the volume of flow and the peak flow rate -- with devastating consequences downstream.
Our study of Smith Creek, a watershed near Langenburg, Sask., showed 24 per cent wetland coverage in 1958 was reduced to 11 per cent by 2008. We reproduced the 1958 wetland coverage in a hydrological model, and then ran the same model to predict the 2011 flood stream-flows. We found the stream-flow volumes and the flood peak of 2011 rose by roughly a third, due to that drainage of the wetlands.
This drainage has occurred extensively across the Prairies and in the Assiniboine River basin, which drains into Manitoba. It almost certainly played a part in raising flood volumes and peak flows in Manitoba in this summer's flood.
This flood started in the fall of 2013, when high snowfall began to cover the eastern prairies. It was then magnified by an exceptionally hard winter with a high snowpack and a late spring melt that saturated soils, filled sloughs and replenished reservoirs. Then came the rains: 200 millimetres in some places to late June, almost the yearly total, capped at the end of the month by heavy, extensive downpours of another 200 mm in some places. With soil saturated, and sloughs filled, the water cascaded into channels that flowed rapidly into the Assiniboine River. In too many fields, sloughs were already artificially drained, spilling more water downstream into ditches.
These heavy rains are the culmination of long term trends that started in the early 20th century -- many more multiple-day rainfall events that not only occur over a long time, but over a large area, and large enough to cause flooding. Such extensive rainfall is associated with trends for 4 C of winter warming, earlier snowmelt, more rainfall in March and less spring snowfall, seen in the last 70 years in the eastern Saskatchewan headwaters of the Assiniboine River.
While slough or wetland drainage by itself does not cause flooding, it is combining with torrential rainfalls in a changing climate to deliver much more water downstream.
In few places in North America is this more evident than in Manitoba.
Manitoba is downstream of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and a large portion of the north-central U.S., so the impacts of climate change and wetland drainage are concentrated here and manifested as repeated flooding. These events would have been considered exceptional in the 20th century, but we are now seeing them every year in Canada, as is the rest of the world.
We can take steps now to protect against floods:
-- Better prediction: improved seasonal weather predictions three to six months in advance, better severe weather prediction days in advance and precise forecasting for rivers, streams, groundwater and lakes.
-- Avoidance: land-use zoning to regulated development, based on careful and continuously updated flood-plain mapping -- regardless of whether the floods are caused by rainfall, snowmelt, overland flood, wind storms or bank erosion.
-- Mitigation: dikes, flood-control structures such as dams and retention ponds, channel modifications, and agricultural water management. These structures, modifications or land-use practices must be designed for extremes of water flow.
For the Prairies, wetland restoration is the most effective mitigation option.
Advancing the science and technology of prediction is not enough. Canada is exceptional among developed nations in its fragmented responsibility and capability for water prediction between multiple levels of government.
Our federal government collects most weather and water data, and predicts weather and drought -- but it does not forecast floods, stream-flow, lake levels and water supply nationally. The provinces have authority for water-resource management and to predict floods, map flood zones and deliver frontline disaster management, reimbursement and repair.
So, the 2014 flood that started in Saskatchewan and moved into Manitoba along the Assiniboine River system was forecast as weather by the federal government, and then as stream flow by two different provinces, with very different methods, focal points and capabilities. A co-ordinated effort would be more efficient and effective.
The U.S. recently built the National Water Centre in Alabama to provide enhanced nation-wide flood and drought analyses and predictions. Environment Canada closed its federal, western-based National Hydrology Research Institute in the late 1990s.
Canada must move to reduce its exposure to flood and drought by developing a national strategy to co-ordinate river basin-wide delivery of prediction and information for flood forecasting, water management and implementation of flood prevention and mitigation strategies.
Manitoba has just lived through an excellent case for why this can't be solved by one province alone. It should promote the development of such a system initially for the Assiniboine River and ultimately for the whole Lake Winnipeg Basin.
John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change and Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan. He led a multi-year study that examined the impact of wetland drainage and climate change on the hydrology of Smith Creek in the Upper Assiniboine River Basin. Parts of the study were published last month.
|09/16||-||Province of Manitoba - Revised Recycling Strategy|
|09/22||-||SDTC Funding Workshop|
|11/26||-||Emerging Issues Conference|
|02/25||-||Remediation and Prevention Conference|