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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...

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...

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...

Produced by two Winnipeg Grade 12 students, this charity dance show aims to raise awareness about watersheds across Canada, and will feature dance styles including jazz, tap, aerial, hip hop, contemporary and more.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017; lobby opens at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Rd, in Winnipeg

All proceeds raised will donated to several non-profit organizations – including LWF! We’ll also be set up in the lobby all night; make sure you stop by before, after or during intermission to say hello and learn more about our work...

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.

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...

Join us in Grand Marais on Friday, July 29!

We'll be taking part in Grand Marais Community Central's outdoor market, selling unique fundraising products in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. Come by the building grounds between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to purchase art pieces by Kal Barteski, necklaces by Hilary Druxman, vintage plant prints by Henry Eric Bergman – and more!

We’re seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented individual to join our team in the position of Finance & Administration Manager!

This one-year, full-time term position (with the possibility of extension) is based out of Winnipeg and includes travel to various Lake Winnipeg communities.

The Finance & Administration Manager’s responsibilities will include:

  • Financial management and bookkeeping
  • Donor database management and communications
  • Office reception and management
  • Governance support
  • Program support

At LWF, we’re passionate about the health of Manitoba’s lakes. We work as a team to...

Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba’s election campaign has officially begun – and Lake Winnipeg needs to be on the agenda.

Over the past three decades, excess phosphorus has increased the growth of harmful algae blooms which are contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening local industries and communities.

It’s time for all of us to get involved as citizens living in a democracy in which the collective voice of the people influences the laws of the land.

It’s time to speak out for Lake Winnipeg.

What we’re doing:

To help voters make an informed decision when casting a ballot on April. 19, we’re...

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LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.