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April 2017

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On April 11, Manitoba’s government released the 2017 budget, its spending plan for the coming year.

Lake Winnipeg was not specifically mentioned in either Finance Minister Cameron Friesen’s speech or the budget summary.

Water-related spending appears on page 18 of the budget summary, nested under strategic infrastructure. This spending includes a $60 million investment in water-related infrastructure such as flood protection, drainage and other water-control initiatives, and represents a 33 per cent increase from the 2016/17 budget.

Funding for Sustainable Development – the provincial...

Our friends at FortWhtye Alive are celebrating Earth Day 2017 with live entertainment, environmental workshops, fun outdoor activities and other special programming. Even better? Admission is free all day!

Stop by our table on Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to say hello learn more about what we’re doing to protect and restore the heath of Lake Winnipeg.

In honour of Earth Day 2017, we’ll be joining the International Institute of Sustainable Development at Barn Hammer Brewing Company on April 25, to share why fresh water matters to Manitobans.

LWF’s Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Co-ordinator, Johanna, will be one of several presenters who will be explaining why water is so vital for what they do. In lively three-minute presentations, they will explore why water matters to the art scene, local business, our agricultural sector and our history, as well as what traditional knowledge reveals about our relationship to water.

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The government of Manitoba is proposing changes to the legislation and regulation that govern Manitoba’s hog industry, laying the groundwork for industry expansion.

A public consultation process is currently underway with respect to proposed amendments to the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation (LMMMR), which dictate where, when and how livestock manure can be used as an agricultural fertilizer.

This is an opportunity for lake-lovers to speak up for the health of local water.

Before undertaking any amendments to the LMMMR and associated legislation, the government of...

Dear LWF supporter,

We need your help.

The government of Manitoba is proposing changes to the legislation and regulation that govern Manitoba’s hog industry, laying the groundwork for industry expansion.

A public consultation period is currently underway with respect to proposed amendments to the Livestock Manure and Management Regulation (LMMMR), which dictate where, when and how livestock manure can be used as agricultural fertilizer.

This is an opportunity for lake-lovers to speak up for the health of local water.

Despite multiple calls for a regulatory review, no evidence has been provided to demonstrate that phosphorus loading to Lake Winnipeg will not increase with the expansion of Manitoba’s hog industry and the corresponding increase in manure application to agricultural fields.

Manitobans need up-to-date information on water quality impacts before any regulatory changes are made. It is the responsibility of the government of Manitoba to provide its citizens with robust data that demonstrates the effectiveness of current and proposed regulatory measures to protect water quality.

We are recommending that no amendments to the LMMMR and associated legislation be made until conclusive, peer-reviewed information has been provided.

Read our blog post for more background information on this issue and helpful tips on how to craft your submission. You can also read our provincial submission on proposed changes to the LMMMR here.

Please join us in our advocacy efforts by submitting a comment on proposed LMMMR amendments by May 12. The more we speak up, the stronger our collective impact becomes.

Submit your comments via email, email or fax to:

Public Consultation – LMMMR Amendments
c/o Environmental Approvals Branch Manitoba Sustainable Development 160-123 Main Street, Box 80
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1A5

Publicregistry@gov.mb.ca

Fax: 204-948-2420

Thank you for adding your voice to our collective call for evidence-based action.

Sincerely,

The LWF team

 

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