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WINNIPEGCommunity groups and individuals concerned about the state of Manitobas water resources and what should be done to protect our provinces water quality are gathering this weekend in Winnipeg for the first Water Watch Conference.

This event is about bringing together expert, knowledgeable people to raise public awareness about protecting our provinces most precious resource our water, said Glen Koroluk of Winnipegs Water Watch Coalition, host for the event which starts tomorrow night and continues all day Saturday at Crossways In Common, 222 Furby at Broadway. Manitobans need to know what the issues are and whats going on so we can take action to protect our water quality and promote healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Around the world activists are raising the alarm about the growing global crisis on water issues. The Winnipeg conference will bring together experts and activists in four workshops: The State of Lake Winnipeg, Water Quality Surface and Groundwater, Water Exports and Trade, and Privatization of Water and Wastewater Services.

Paul Moist, President of CUPE Manitoba and Local 500, said the conference aim is to generate public discussion as well as promote government action.

Now is the time to become aware of the issues so governments at all levels can take appropriate action, Moist said. We need to ensure that our vital water supplies, lakes and rivers are protected and have priority over trade and profit considerations. Water is a public trust.

Winnipeg Water Watch is a coalition of community groups and individuals concerned about water issues. The group has produced a primer booklet on Manitoba water issues and copies are available from the committee.


Glen Koroluk, Water Watch Committee

Phone: 224-0915

Paul Moist, President
CUPE Manitoba and Local 500
Cell: 981-2873; Office: 942-1001