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LWF supports upcoming water walk

June 24, 2014 – This summer, Anishinabe woman Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair – accompanied by family, friends, and community members – is taking steps to heal Lake Winnipeg. Footsteps, water ceremonies, prayer, and song will accompany women and men on the three-week walk. Starting July 12, they will walk 1,032 km around the perimeter of the lake to raise awareness about its declining health and offer hope for its revival. The traditional water walk starts in Norway House and ends in Manigotogan.

“Katherine’s walk is bringing an important perspective to the protection of water,” says Marlo Campbell, Communications Director for LWF. “Her walk will bring awareness to the issues facing Lake Winnipeg – just like the work we do here at LWF.”

Lake Winnipeg’s challenges are as expansive as its watershed – which spans nearly one million kilometers. With excess amounts of phosphorus contributing to the growth of potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms, the emerging threat of zebra mussels, and the Global Nature Fund’s 2013 ‘Most Threatened Lake in the World’ designation, people are taking notice and coming together to change the course of the lake’s future.

Lake Winnipeg Water Walk 2014 is a volunteer-driven initiative and organizers are looking for sponsorship, donations, walkers and food. For more information about the walk or to learn how you can get involved, go to lakewinnipegwaterwalk.ca.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact:

Clara Buelow, outreach coordinator, at:
events@lakewinnipegfoundation.org; 204-956-0436

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.