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  • 11 May 2022 8:30 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    Student Bursary Applications are now available to all Members. Please download the application for your child by logging into your account and then going to Members Only Content. 

    Applications are due by June 13, 2022. 

  • 07 Mar 2022 9:22 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    The path towards holistic water management

    OWA is a holistic approach that integrates drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater into one entity, accounting for all water resources, rivers, lakes, and groundwater together at a river basin level.

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    Helping municipalities mitigate flood risk and protect their communities

    As the changing climate brings more unpredictability to municipal planning efforts…municipalities need robust and reliable tools that can help them mitigate risks and protect their communities from water-related catastrophes.

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    Permeable paving: Stormwater management for the future

    ECORASTER® permeable paving is designed not to pave over surfaces, but to become a part of them. The porous surface of each tile allows stormwater and water from thawing snow to seep back into the ground rather than running off.

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    Water projects FN communities
    Minister of Indigenous Services launched a call for proposals for projects that address the retention, recruitment, and availability of water and wastewater operators working on reserve.

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    Cape Breton gets marine support
    Invest Nova Scotia is supporting the modernization of the Université Sainte-Anne Marine Research Centre to help strengthen and grow the province’s marine and aquaculture sector.

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    100% water score for Barrie
    “This perfect score for our drinking water is a reflection of the diligence and the hard-work of the staff in our Water Operations Branch.”

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    WWF reports waste in waters
    WWF-Canada’s National Vessel Dumping Assessment reveals dumping of billions of litres of waste each year.

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    Mar. 10 Women + Rural Water Security Around the World (Virtual)
    Mar. 21 + Mar. 22 Global Lessons for Safe Drinking Water Through Quality Management (Virtual)
    Mar. 22 What’s Beneath Our Feet? All About Groundwater (Virtual)
    Mar. 23 Blue Economy: Implementing Green Infrastructure (Virtual)
    Mar. 27-Apr. 2 17th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (Reno, Nevada)
    Apr. 20 Blue Economy: Protecting Our Water Source (Virtual)
    Apr. 20-22 EnviroTech 2022 (Calgary)

  • 22 Feb 2022 2:30 PM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    Save the Date

    Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Office invites you to attend this virtual information sharing webinar featuring talks from two research projects funded by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

    Join us for this webinar featuring projects by InnoVantage Inc. on municipal wastewater lagoon monitoring and by Native Plant Solutions on phosphorus retention in conventional and naturalized storm water ponds.

    Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m., Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

    This webinar is part of an ongoing series of information sharing events related to nutrient reduction efforts in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Please feel free to share this invitation and the MS Teams link below with others that might be interested. There is no need to register and there is no fee to attend.

    Presentation abstracts:

    Analysis of variance of phosphorus in lagoons discharge during the discharge period in Manitoba.

    Gavin van der Linde and Arman Vahedi, InnoVantage Inc 

    In 2021 we conducted a pilot project and monitoring study on a number of municipal lagoons in southern Manitoba. The pilot project was to develop an affordable, efficient phosphorus removal system for municipal lagoons. During the research portion of the project, we monitored 14 different municipal lagoon cells, testing the phosphorus levels 6 times during the discharge period. The aim of the study was to see how the phosphorus levels varied over the discharge period. The lagoons were further classified according to how they treated phosphorus.

    Phosphorus retention in conventional and naturalized stormwater ponds within the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

    Bruce Friesen-Pankratz, Nicholson Jeke, and Lisette Ross, Native Plant Solutions, Ducks Unlimited Canada.

    Phosphorus retention within stormwater ponds is largely determined by the extent of their emergent vegetation cover. Conventional stormwater ponds (CSPs) do not have extensive emergent vegetation zones due to their steep slopes and deep water. Conversely, naturalized stormwater ponds (NSPs) are designed to support extensive emergent vegetation. While NSPs as Best Management Practices for stormwater management are now required within some Lake Winnipeg Basin jurisdictions few studies of their ability to retain phosphorus have been completed. Our study compared total phosphorus concentrations in the surface water of 8 CSPs and 8 NSPs in Winnipeg during the 2021 open water season (June through November).


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  • 22 Feb 2022 11:00 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    Save the Date

    Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Program invites you to attend this virtual information sharing webinar featuring talks from three projects, focused on Indigenous engagement, that received funding from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

    Join our presenters, along with community members, for a webinar featuring their projects.

    Lucas King, Grand Council Treaty #3 – Developing a Treaty #3 Watershed Management Program to guide the implementation of strategies to protect water in each of the 28 regions of Treaty #3 Territory.

    Daniel Kanu, Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC) – Building LWIC's capacity to address community concerns and share knowledge; strengthen collaboration between First Nation governments; and ensure Indigenous perspectives are represented and respected in decision-making and management processes to improve Lake Winnipeg's water quality.

    Lori Bradford, University of Saskatchewan –- Supporting Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan to: engage in meaningful and reconciliatory watershed-scale conversations about nutrient management, contribute to collaborative governance across watersheds on nutrient issues, and enhance Indigenous engagement on nutrient issues in Treaty 4, 5 and 6.

    Date: Monday, March 14th, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Central Daylight Time

    This webinar is part of an ongoing series of information sharing events related to nutrient reduction efforts in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Please feel free to share this invitation and the MS Teams link below with others that might be interested. There is no need to register and there is no fee to attend.


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  • 18 Feb 2022 11:00 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of long time MWWA member Wayne Wall.  

    Wayne was Past Chairman and Honorary Life Member of the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association, Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Western Canada Water Association and was on the Manitoba Certification Advisory Committee for Water and Wastewater Operators since 2011, and was Chairman from 2014-2021. In 2013, he was the vice-chair of the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Water and Wastewater Technician Trade and was instrumental in the development of this recognized trade in Manitoba.

    Wayne received several awards for his contribution to the Water industry including the

    • Water Environment Federation William D. Hatfield Award 2007
    • MWWA Lorne Sayer Award 2008
    • WCWWA Conference Chair 2009
    • H.M. Bailey Award 2009

    Wayne was employed by the City of Portage la Prairie from 1994 until 2012, when he retired from his position as Manager of the Water Pollution Control Facility.  After his retirement Wayne continued to support Portage la Prairie serving on City Council after being elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. 

    Wayne will be deeply missed by all of us at the MWWA, his friends and his colleagues. 

    The MWWA wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to Wayne’s family.

  • 18 Feb 2022 10:30 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)


    This is a follow-up on proposed amendments to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER).

    We published a Discussion document outlining the regulatory proposal online for a 90-day public comment period on December 6, 2021. We are inviting feedback and perspectives by March 5, 2022. Suggestions and ideas collected during the consultation phase will inform the proposed regulations.

    We have been hosting a series of virtual consultation sessions to discuss the proposed amendments, answer questions and receive feedback. Our last session is scheduled for March 1, 2022 at 1:30pm EST.

    To review the Discussion document, provide feedback, and register for the virtual consultation session, please visit our webpage using the following link: Consultations on wastewater -

    Should you have any questions during the consultation process, please contact us.



    Wastewater Program
    Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Government of Canada  / Tel: 819-420-7727 / Fax: 819-420-7384

  • 01 Feb 2022 12:30 PM | Association Manager (Administrator)

     It is with deep sorrow that we announce that our friend and colleague, Glen Robertson passed away on January 22, 2022.

    Glen was one of the original Drinking Water Officers since the Office’s inception, and looked after the City of Brandon as well as many other water systems in the Westman area.  Glen was a great resource for many operators and will be sorely missed.  Glen's obituary can be found at: Obituary for Glen Robertson | McKenzie's Portage Funeral Chapel (

  • 25 Jan 2022 9:00 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, colleague, and mentor Dale Scott.

    Dale worked in the Manitoba water industry for over 4 decades in numerous different roles and for numerous different organizations. He may be most noted as working for the City of Selkirk for 17 years where he implemented numerous projects and efficiencies.

    Dale was a very active member of the MWWA and sat on the Board of Directors for 9 years.  He started on the Executive as 2nd Vice Chair in 2007, moved to Vice Chair in 2009, and was the Chair of the Association from 2011 – 2013. He was the recipient of the MWWA Lorne Sayer Award in 2015. The Lorne Sayer award is presented to an individual in recognition for faithful and meritorious service to Water and Wastewater industry.

    Dale worked with ABC to help develop the standardized tests for all operators in numerous different categories (WWC, WD, WWT and WT).

    Dale always was firm on ensuring that operators in Manitoba were thought about and ensured that the smaller systems did not get ignored. He always kept things interesting and lived by the motto; Make sure to leave it better than you found it!

    The Board of the MWWA sends its deepest sympathy to Dales family, friends and colleagues; He will be profoundly missed.

  • 10 Jan 2022 9:00 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

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    Thank you to those who have already registered for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Virtual Symposium 2022. For those who have not registered yet, this is a friendly reminder to register for each day of the Symposium that you plan to attend as space is limited.

    Symposium Purpose:

    • Share research findings from ECCC-led research related to nutrients and water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its basin,
    • Feature program accomplishments including highlights of projects undertaken by funding recipients to reduce nutrient loading to the lake, enhance collaboration throughout the basin and engage Indigenous peoples on water quality issues related to Lake Winnipeg,
    • Gather feedback on research presented and on research gaps, as well as future program priorities for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

    For more information on the symposium, please visit our website:

    Registration: As this symposium is by invitation, we ask that you take a moment to register for EACH day of the symposium that you plan to attend. Note: this requires three short, but separate registration steps to ensure you receive the correct meeting links for each day of the symposium you wish to attend:

    • Day 1 - Scientific Advancements related to Nutrients and Climate Change
      (Tuesday, January 18: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CST)
    • Day 2 - Advancing the Knowledge of In-Lake and Watershed Science 
      (Wednesday, January 19: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CST)
    • Day 3 – Actions Throughout the Basin
      (Thursday, January 20: 10:00am – 3:00 pm CST)

    RSVP: The registration deadline to confirm your participation is January 14, 2022. Although there is no cost associated with participating in this event, please be advised that you need to be registered in order to attend.

    Symposium Webinar Link: Once you have registered, you will receive a webinar invitation from Stratos, our facilitation partner in this project. Please note that the meeting link you receive upon registration is unique to you – only you will be able to access this link on the day of the symposium. It should not be shared with others, as the meeting system is set up to only allow access for the individual that registered. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

    Need any help?

    If you have any questions about the symposium or the registration process, please contact the Stratos team (Guy-Thierry Tenkouano at

    If you did not receive this invite directly and would like to be added to our distribution list, please contact us at

    We look forward to having you join us!

    Lake Winnipeg Basin Program 

    Environment and Climate Change Canada


    Merci à ceux qui se sont déjà inscrits au Symposium virtuel 2022 du Programme du bassin du lac Winnipeg. Pour ceux qui ne se sont pas encore inscrits, ceci est un rappel de s'inscrire pour chaque jour du Symposium auquel vous souhaitez de participer car le nombre de places est limité.

    Objectifs du symposium

    • Communiquer les résultats des recherches menées par ECCC sur les nutriments et la qualité de l’eau du lac Winnipeg et de son bassin versant.
    • Présenter les réalisations du programme, notamment les points saillants des projets entrepris par les bénéficiaires de financement visant à réduire la charge en nutriments dans le lac, à améliorer la collaboration dans l’ensemble du bassin et à mobiliser les peuples autochtones sur les problèmes liés à la qualité de l’eau du lac Winnipeg.
    • Recueillir des commentaires sur les recherches présentées et sur les lacunes en matière de recherche, ainsi que sur les priorités futures du Programme du bassin du lac Winnipeg.

    Pour plus d'informations sur le symposium, veuillez visiter notre site Web:

    Inscription : Comme ce symposium est sur invitation, nous vous demandons de prendre quelques instants pour vous inscrire à CHACUNE des journées du symposium auxquelles vous souhaitez assister. Veuillez noter que vous devrez suivre trois étapes d’inscription, courtes, mais distinctes, pour obtenir le lien vers la réunion pour chaque jour du symposium auquel vous souhaitez participer.

    • Jour 1 - Avancées scientifiques liées aux nutriments et au changement climatique
      (le mardi 18 janvier, de 10 h à 15 h HNC)
    • Jour 2 - Faire progresser les connaissances sur la science dans le lac et du bassin versant
      (le mercredi 19 janvier, de 10 h à 15 h HNC)
    • Jour 3 - Actions dans le bassin
      (le jeudi 20 janvier, de 10 h à 15 h HNC)

    RSVP : La date limite pour vous inscrire est le 14 janvier 2022. Bien qu’aucuns frais ne soient associés à la participation à cet événement, vous devez être inscrit pour pouvoir y assister.

    Lien vers le webinaire du symposium :
    Une fois que vous serez inscrit, vous recevrez une invitation à un webinaire de la part de Stratos, notre partenaire dans la tenue du symposium. Veuillez noter que le lien de la réunion que vous recevez lors de votre inscription est un lien qui vous est propre : seulement vous serez en mesure d’accéder à ce lien le jour du symposium. Vous ne devez pas le transmettre à d’autres personnes, car le système de réunion est configuré pour n’autoriser l’accès qu’à la personne qui s’est inscrite. Nous vous remercions de votre collaboration et de votre compréhension à cet égard.

    Besoin d’aide?

    Si vous avez des questions concernant le symposium ou le processus d’inscription, veuillez communiquer avec l’équipe de Stratos (Guy‑Thierry Tenkouano, à l’adresse

    Si vous ne recevez pas cette invitation directement et que vous souhaitez ajouter votre nom à notre liste de distribution, veuillez communiquer avec nous à cette adresse :

    Au plaisir de vous compter parmi nous!

    Programme du bassin du lac Winnipeg

    Environnement et Changement climatique Canada

  • 22 Dec 2021 9:00 AM | Association Manager (Administrator)

    A big congratulations goes out to Board Member Darcy Dearsley, winner of this years H.M. Bailey Award!!

    The H.M. Bailey Award was established in 1959 to acknowledge long, faithful and meritorious service in the field of public water and/or wastewater works as exemplified by the late H.M. Bailey, a charter, and highly esteemed, member of the WCW.

    Thank you Darcy for all of the work, time and effort you have put into the water and wastewater industry and the MWWA!

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