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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...

You’re invited to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s upcoming Annual General Meeting, taking place on Wednesday April 26, 2017, at 7 p.m., at FortWhyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd in Winnipeg).

This year we’ll be joined by guest speaker Dr. Michael Rennie, Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University and a researcher at IISD Experimental Lakes Area. He will share the outcomes of his recent research on microplastics pollution in Lake Winnipeg – a groundbreaking study funded in part by LWF’s grants program. We’ll also be sharing more information about our community...

Date(s): 
April 26, 2017 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lake Winnipeg grants LWF

Our grants program invests in solutions by supporting projects dedicated to improving local water quality: from cutting-edge research on the lake to accessible water education in schools to practical stewardship projects on the land.

This video celebrates just some of the passionate water champions who are working on solutions for our shared waters. (Click here to learn more about the four grant recipients selected through our most recent submission process.)

LWF’s grants program is funded by the generosity of our supporters who share our vision of a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed...

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Job Posting

Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? We’re hiring a Summer Outreach Co-ordinator!

This person will assist LWF staff and volunteers in the planning, promotion and delivery of a variety of outreach and fundraising events. If you love working with people, are passionate about the environment and have a talent for communicating science, apply to join our team and help us in our mission to restore and protect the health of our great lake!

A full job description is below.

Download LWF Summer Outreach Co-ordinator 2017 job description.pdf...

On March 22, the government of Canada released its 2017 budget, outlining federal priorities for the coming year. We’ve reviewed the plan to figure out what it means for fresh water and for Lake Winnipeg.

What we know so far:

Investments in freshwater protection generally and Lake Winnipeg specifically are mentioned on P. 125 of Budget 2017, which focused on “addressing the persistent and growing threat of aquatic invasive species and toxic and nuisance algae.”

Proposed funding is being provided to two federal departments:

  • Up to $70.5 million over five years to Environment and Climate Change...

Left to right: Claire Herbert from the University of Manitoba; Katrina Froese, education coordinator at FortWhyte Alive; Alexis Kanu, LWF executive director; Ron Thiessen, executive director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Manitoba Chapter

On March 22 - World Water Day - LWF staff and supporters gathered at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg to celebrate our shared waters and announce $21,000 in funding for four Manitoba-based projects.

LWF’s grants program supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Priority is given to those that address one...

Our grants program funds projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of LWF supporters over the years, we have been able to award more than $230,000 in financial assistance to a diverse range of vital initiatives: from cutting-edge research on the lake to accessible water education in schools to practical stewardship projects on the land.

Now, we need your help to make this program bigger and better in 2017.

Starting today, we’re partnering with Small Change Fund on a new online crowdfunding campaign that gives lake-lovers the...

Update: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to March 31, 2017.

A new Climate and Green Plan is under development and the government is gathering public input through an online survey on energy, land use and conservation measures. Completing this survey takes just a few minutes and is an easy way to impact policy development for Manitoba’s lakes.

Here at LWF, we have spent the past four years working with the provincial government to improve protection of Manitoba’s threatened wetlands though strong regulation and strict enforcement. Specifically, we have been calling for new...

The real-life politics of freshwater protection hit the stage this month with the Winnipeg premiere of The Watershed!

Presented by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre at Tom Hendry Warehouse, the latest documentary play from Montreal playwright Annabel Soutar investigates the complexity of freshwater stewardship in Canada through the story of IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) – a research facility located near Kenora, Ont. that’s one of Canada’s primary sources of lake science.

Documentary theatre is a style of theatre that records stories and portrays characters from real life. Soutar...

Photo courtesy of Ducks Unlimited Canada

Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day, celebrated in honour of the United Nations’ 1971 adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which provides an international framework for wetland conservation and use. It’s a day to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action to protect these special areas.

This year’s theme is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction,” selected to highlight the vital role healthy wetlands play in reducing the impacts of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts.

Certainly, this is something to which...

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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.