Manitoba Wants Your Input on a New Groundwater and Water Well Act by April 20, 2012

In this video, Nutrient Management Specialist demonstrates how he samples water from monitoring wells around manure storage systems as an early detection system and to ensure the accurate reporting in order to protect our groundwater in Manitoba, Canada:

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 – 25, 2012.

As part of Canada Water Week: Celebrating and Conserving Water across Our Country, March 19 – 25, and in recognition of World Water Day on March 22, Manitoba launched a public consultation to seek the public’s input on a new Groundwater and Water Well Act because:

  • more than 25 per cent of Manitobans regularly rely on groundwater
  • about 1,500 water wells are drilled in Manitoba each year
  • there are currently about 35,000 active water wells
  • stronger legislation will be introduced this spring: Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh

The objectives of the new Groundwater and Water Well Act are to:

  • “ensure the continued safety of our groundwater resources for the future”
  • manage and protect groundwater
  • strengthen legislation governing the drilling, construction, maintenance, and sealing of wells
  • establish aquifer management plans for the management, protection, and sustainable use of aquifers
  • enable the development of supporting regulations

Amendments to the legislation are being considered in the following areas:

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You’re Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 – 25, 2012

This week is Canada Water Week! And this video explains the 2012 theme of Canada Water Week:

Canada Water Week is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22.

World Water Day is an international day to:

  • celebrate freshwater
  • focus attention on the importance of freshwater
  • advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

For Canada Water Week,  this year’s theme is “Discover Your Water Footprint” which is the amount of fresh water used directly and indirectly in one’s daily activities – water used for drinking, cooking and washing, as well as the water used to produce food, paper and other materials.

You're Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 - 25, 2012
You're Invited: Celebrating Canada Water Week March 19 - 25, 2012

During Canada Water Week,  Canadians:

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Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence!

Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence
Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence

Ontarians are very fortunate to have Lake Ontario and other parts of the Great Lakes to the tune of $1.8 billion in sales of clean water and clean water technologies to the world due to the following reasons.

  • “Ontario borders on four of the five Great Lakes which contain 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water and hold 95 per cent of North America’s fresh surface water.
  • We have more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams and rich groundwater resources – not to mention a multitude of plants and animals that necessarily thrive in such lush surroundings.
  • The Great Lakes Basin — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and their watersheds — covers an area of 750,000-square kilometres. That’s an area larger than New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • More than 98 per cent of Ontario residents — 11 million people — live within the Great Lakes Basin. Most live near the shores, in eight of Canada’s 20 largest cities, which include Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor and Sarnia.
  • The people of Ontario depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.
  • Over 70 per cent, or three out of four residents, get their drinking water from the Lakes.
  • The Ontario portion of the Great Lakes water supply provide recreational enjoyment, economic values (industries, farming, fishing, shipping), and power as a source of renewable and non-renewable energy. For example, lake winds power turbines to create electricity, while deep beneath the bottoms of some lakes lie stores of oil and natural gas.”

So, with the world-wide increasing demand for clean, fresh water, it is very important to protect Ontario’s portion of the Great Lakes Basin water supply for us and our children to use and enjoy now and in the future.

For 2011, the  Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence is focused on water and toxics reduction because the government wants to protect our fresh water from pollution, whether it’s from industrial sources, sewage systems, chemicals in use at farms, or any other source – even rainwater containing particulates from polluted air.

Protecting water at its source is a good move forward by the government and everyone in ensuring that every Ontarian has access to safe drinking water.

So nominate a friend, community member or business in recognition of their efforts to help protect and conserve our environment. You can even nominate yourself.

Please note that the ministry will be accepting nominations for the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence until May 6, 2011.

Please click here for application criteria and program detail.

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. May 6, 2011.

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