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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...

Alexander Bajkov Award

Past Alexander Bajkov Award winners (clockwise from top left): Val Weirer, Karen Scott, Pascal Badiou, Lyle Lockhart

Many people have devoted much of their personal and professional lives to improving the health of Lake Winnipeg. Since 2008, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation has been celebrating these passionate individuals with our Alexander Bajkov Award.

Named in honour of the pioneering researcher (his last name is pronounced “bye-cough” and you can read his bio here), this annual award is presented to a person who exemplifies Dr. Bajkov’s dedication to the understanding of Lake Winnipeg, and...

We’re seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented individual to join our team in the position of community-based monitoring co-ordinator.

This one-year, full-time term position (with the possibility of extension) is based out of Winnipeg and includes travel throughout southern Manitoba.

The community-based monitoring co-ordinator’s responsibilities will include:

  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Sampling and analysis
  • Data interpretation and communication

At LWF, we’re passionate about the health of Manitoba’s lakes. We work as a team to foster innovative research, influence public policy and...

Looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving? Our fundraising efforts include product sales!

New for 2016 is an exclusive line of ornaments, art pieces and tote bags featuring local artist Kal Barteski’s signature brush script! Perfect for hanging on the tree, displaying on the mantle – or taking to the beach next summer!

For nature-lovers, gardeners or local art history buffs, we’ve got vintage limited-edition wood engraving prints, created by Henry Eric Bergman (1893-1958) and generously donated to us by this accomplished artist’s descendants. Each print features a plant found within...

Lake Minnewanka, in Banff National Park. Its Nakoda name means "water of the spirits." Photo: Kirsten Earl McCorrister

LWF has been hard at work coordinating a new community-based monitoring (CBM) program here in Manitoba, having recently completed a CBM pilot project to test for phosphorus in the tributaries that feed into Lake Winnipeg. We are not alone in our efforts to understand and improve the health of our waters. Across Canada, water groups are collaborating with citizens and governments to understand the threats to clean water and work for solutions. LWF has had the opportunity to...

We are thrilled to be one of 50 local vendors selected to participate in this year's Luckygirl Holiday Pop Up Shop!

Drop by 300 Ross Ave. in the Exchange (attached to Hut K) between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 to pick up holidays gifts for all the lake-lovers in your life. We'll be selling our exclusive (and amazing) K.BARTESKI x LWF products, plus our limited-edition vintage Lake Winnipeg watershed prints, Love, Lake Winnipeg merch and beautiful "gifts of donation" created expecially for this sale! (We recommend you come early because we're probably going to run out...)

Get your...

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” — Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

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The wonder of new discovery is a special thing.

We all remember the first time we had the chance to experience our natural ecosystems: The first time we went out in a boat on open water. The first time we saw a dragonfly up close. The first time we caught tadpoles in a bucket.

We all remember the first time we truly understood that we are all...

Our three-part Water Wednesdays series took place in October and featured local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

We recorded each event and are excited to now present three highlight videos!

Special thanks to our Water Wednesdays sponsor, Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc., to our special guests – and of course, to everyone who joined us in Assiniboine Park for these lively conversations.

Oct. 5 – Frankly, Lake Winnipeg, no one gives a damn: Public perceptions and why they matter – with special guests:

  • Richard Cloutier...

(l - r) Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, and LWF Programs Director Kirsten in Mexico; Photo: Commission for Environmental Cooperation

In 2014 LWF embarked on a new initiative that sought to add a crucial but marginalized voice to the Lake Winnipeg conversation. Through generous funding from the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), a grant program of the Commission for...

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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.