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September 2016

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The LWF office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5 for Labour Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend!

Water Wednesdays

Join us in Assiniboine Park this October for a three-part series featuring local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

We’ve invited journalists, researchers, policy-makers, advocates and on-the-ground practitioners – an eclectic group of people with a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Over the course of three uniquely different nights, we’ll be picking their brains about the challenges facing our shared waters and the opportunities for solutions.

Three Wednesdays. Three themes. Three lively conversations.

  • When: Wed. Oct. 5, 12 and...
Facing Impedimenta

Join us at cre8ery gallery in Winnipeg for a special Culture Days Manitoba event!

We’ll be speaking about Lake Winnipeg while surrounded by Winnipeg Beach artist Gayle Halliwell’s painting, part of Facing Impedimenta, a new show featuring work by Halliwell and Rosemary Miguez.

Learn about the threats to Lake Winnipeg’s health, the solutions to these challenges and what you can do - all while surrounded by art inspired by “the beauty and the tragedy” that is our great lake. Make sure to leave time to chat with the artist and explore the exhibition!

Location: cre8ery gallery, 125 Adelaide St...

Gathering on the banks of the Assiniboine River with Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) staff, science advisors and partners on a sunny morning in September, Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox participated in a new citizen science project supported by Manitoba’s government.

LWF’s community-based monitoring (CBM) network is currently focused on monitoring phosphorus levels in water samples. Excess phosphorus is a primary cause of harmful algae blooms which have been increasing in size and frequency on Lake Winnipeg’s waters.

CBM provides valuable information that can be used to enrich long...

(l - r) Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, and LWF Programs Director Kirsten in Mexico; Photo: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

In 2014 LWF embarked on a new initiative that sought to add a crucial but marginalized voice to the Lake Winnipeg conversation. Through generous funding from the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), a grant program of the Commission for...

Dear LWF supporter,

Cottage season may be over for another year, but our work to restore and protect the health of our shared waters continues. We appreciate your ongoing support.

Thank you for a great summer

Our 2016 summer season was our busiest yet. We had a great time visiting lakeside communities, meeting supporters at outreach and fundraising events, and learning more about Manitoba’s amazing ecosystems. Check out our online photo gallery to see some of our favourite shots from this past summer!

Water Wednesdays

Desjardins Financial Security Inc. presents Water Wednesdays with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Join us in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park this October for a free three-part series featuring local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

We’ve invited journalists, researchers, policy-makers, advocates and on-the-ground practitioners – an eclectic group of people with a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Over the course of three uniquely different nights, we’ll be picking their brains about the challenges facing our shared waters and the opportunities for solutions.

Head to our website for more details. Hope to see you there!

LWF in Mexico

In 2014 LWF began a nation-to-nation relationship-building project with First Nation partners who live around Lake Winnipeg – work that led to the establishment of the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC). This project was supported through a grant program of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), and LWF was invited to display results and learnings at the annual CEC gathering held earlier this month in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

LWF staffer Kirsten had the honour of representing LWF and LWIC at this gathering, which was an opportunity to bring the issues of Lake Winnipeg, cultural co-operation and a new vision for moving forward to the international stage. While there, she presented to Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán!

You can read more about LWF’s nation-to-nation relationship-building work and Kirsten’s trip on our website.

Welcome Johanna and Danyelle!

LWF continues to grow with the addition of new staff Johanna Théroux and Danyelle Allen.

As the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective Coordinator, Johanna will be assisting LWIC with the planning of gatherings, meetings and other projects. Danyelle is LWF’s new Finance & Administration Manager, responsible for financial management and bookkeeping, donor database management and communications, and office reception.

Johanna and Danyelle bring a wealth of skills to LWF and we’re excited to be working alongside them.

Thank you for your interest in our great lake,

The LWF team

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Community-based monitoring (CBM) engages citizen volunteers in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and using data about their environment. LWF has previously supported individual CBM efforts through our grants program. In October 2015, we brought together 32 participants representing 15 organizations to discuss additional opportunities in the area of community-based water monitoring.

Since then, we have been co-ordinating an emerging CBM network in Manitoba, supported by LWF’s Science Advisory Council (SAC), which is comprised of nationally recognized freshwater experts.

Volunteer SAC members...

LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.