LWF is uniquely positioned to link science with action. Together, we are speaking up for the health of fresh water – and the future of Lake Winnipeg.
We encourage individuals to take action at home, at the cottage or within communities. We also work behind the scenes to bring the collective voice of our membership to the tables of decision-makers. Using the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan as a road map, we advocate governments for evidence-based solutions to manage phosphorus loading across the watershed.
Browse our policy submissions below to learn more about our recent advocacy efforts.
The Manitoba government solicited public input with respect to proposed amendments to existing regulation which dictates where, when and how livestock manure can be used as an agricultural fertilizer. Our submission notes a lack of information on the effectiveness of current and proposed regulatory measures to protect water quality. We recommend that no changes to regulation or associated legislation be made without first providing evidence that increased manure application will not result in a corresponding increase in phosphorus loading to Lake Winnipeg.
The Manitoba government solicited public input on energy, land use and conservation measures as part of the development of a new Climate and Green Plan. Our submission focuses on protecting Manitoba’s threatened wetlands though strong regulation and strict enforcement. Specifically, we are calling for new legislation that ensures no net loss of water retention capacity on the landscape by putting in place a drainage moratorium on seasonal (i.e., “Class 3”) wetlands and strengthening protection of semi-permanent and permanent wetlands (i.e., “Classes 4 and 5”).
Agricultural policy frameworks outline policy and program priorities to be delivered by federal, provincial and territorial governments in order to encourage investment, adaptation and sustainable growth in Canada’s agricultural sector. In July 2016, federal, provincial and territorial ministers of agriculture released the Calgary Statement, which outlines key priority areas that will guide the development of the next agricultural policy framework. LWF’s submission in response to this statement highlights the inextricable links between agriculture and water and the importance of protecting the ecosystems on which our prosperity depends.
In advance of Budget 2017, the Manitoba government solicited input on how provincial spending should be prioritized, emphasizing themes of efficiency, opportunities for growth and Northern economic development. Our submission highlights the need for an efficient, evidence-based approach to improving water quality and flood protection.
Presented during our introductory meeting with Manitoba’s newly elected Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, this document identifies three opportunities within our eight-point Lake Winnipeg Health Plan for immediate, collaborative action to improve the health of our shared waters.
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy is an initiative of the department of Environment and Climate Change Canada, created to demonstrate federal leadership on climate change, provide priorities in response to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and establish measurable targets. A draft of the strategy was released for public consultation in early 2016. Our submission outlines challenges and solutions related to fulfilling our international responsibility to address eutrophication in Lake Winnipeg, and offered recommendations for implementation strategies.
Get involved as a citizen of Lake Winnipeg’s watershed
- Reach out to your MP, MLA, city or First Nation councillor, local reeve or other decision-makers. Share your concerns about the health of our lakes and rivers – and your recommendations for solutions.
- Become a member of LWF and add your voice to our growing network of change.
- Support our efforts! Participate in our Lake-a-thon activities and help raise funds to advance our mission.