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August 21, 2015 - Proposed Effluent Monitoring and Reporting Regulation

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship is consulting with known stakeholders (including Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association and others) on a proposed new regulation that will clarify the monitoring and reporting requirements for municipal wastewater effluent from wastewater treatment facilities that discharge to surface water. The proposed regulation will consolidate existing provincial and federal requirements and facilitate the negotiation of an equivalency agreement with Environment Canada toward a one-window regulatory approach to wastewater management.

If you have not already been contacted and would like to participate, please contact Siobhan Burland Ross at 204-945-7015 or Siobhan.BurlandRoss@gov.mb.ca. Comments received to September 30, 2015 will be considered.

January 8, 2015 - CERTIFICATION PROGRAM 2015 UPDATE

The Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Program is implementing the following changes effective February 2015 to improve service to our clients:
1.    All applicants must register at least two weeks before writing the exam. The exam registration fee of $150 must be received by our office before the exam date. 
2.    The old formula sheet will no longer be provided during exams.
3.    Pencils and eraser will no longer be provided for examinations.
4.    The exam mark/transcript will be provided by email.
5.    To improve communications, a new email address has been created for the program: wwopcert@gov.mb.ca
6.    Operator ID cards will no longer be issued. Only operator certificates will be issued.

The following changes will be implemented in the near future:
1.    An operator ID number will be assigned to each operator.
2.    Online payment and registration will soon be implemented. Receipts will be issued electronically.
3.    A web based exam schedule will be available soon.
4.    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) available online will continue to be updated regularly. For other FAQ suggestions, please email wwopcert@gov.mb.ca

July 22, 2014 - ENVIRONMENT ACT CONSULTATION   File: 5711.00

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. All comments can be sent to publicregistry@gov.mb.ca.

For more information on TomorrowNow, visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/

May 29, 2014 - Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment -  Hydro Developments on the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson River Systems    File: 5714.00

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship and Manitoba Hydro have agreed to undertake a regional cumulative effects assessment (RCEA) to address Recommendation 13.2 of the Clean Environment Commission’s Report on Public Hearing for the Bipole III Project.    This recommendation concerns the conduct of a RCEA for all Manitoba Hydro projects and associated infrastructure in the Nelson River sub-watershed.

Terms of Reference for the assessment are posted on the project webpage, and other material related to the assessment will be posted as it becomes available. 

March 1, 2013 – Public Registry Change in Location

Effective immediately, the Main Public Registry located at the Conservation and Water Stewardship Library at 123 Main Street in Winnipeg has moved to the Legislative Library at 200 Vaughn Street in Winnipeg.