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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...

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...

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...

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.

Today saw an encouraging step forward in the mission to save Lake Winnipeg.

Three levels of government become the first signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord, a made-in-Manitoba agreement that promotes taking action to reduce the amount of harmful algae-causing nutrients such as phosphorus from entering into the waterways that flow into our lake and protect water quality.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, federal minister of the environment, the Honourable Gord Macintosh, provincial minister of conservation and water stewardship, and Dunnottar Mayor Rick Gamble, chair of the South Basin Mayors...

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