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Investing in solutions: LWF awards $21,500 in grants

The Pelly’s Lake Watershed Management Project is located just east of Holland, Man. A Spring 2013 grant from LWF went towards this project’s water-quality monitoring program. (Photo: Marlo Campbell)

LWF has awarded a total of $21,500 to three projects as part of our Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program. Fall 2014 grants will support:

  • Caring for our Watersheds: a contest run by Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre in which high-school students will submit proposals on how they can help their watershed, with a goal of implementing as many projects as possible.
     
  • Determining extent of plastics pollution in Lake Winnipeg: a research project undertaken by the University of Manitoba and IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc. that will survey Lake Winnipeg for microplastics (ie., tiny manufactured beads found in cosmetic products) to help establish a baseline and provide a comparison to other freshwater lakes.
     
  • Making the Case for Wetlands: a short video produced by EKOS Communications that will highlight the benefits of wetlands in relation to issues of water quality, flooding and climate change.

Congratulations to these very worthy recipients!

Our grants program supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Awarded twice a year, our grants range from $500 to $10,000, with priority given to projects that address one or more of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan’s eight actions to reduce nutrient loading.

Click here for more information about our program and how you can apply for funding!

LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research made possible through our grants program, and helpful tips on how you can speak up for water by reaching out to decision makers.