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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...

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...

March 20 to 27 is Canada Water Week, a celebration of water from coast to coast to coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22.

This year, we invite you to join us at FortWhyte Alive for a special event at which we will be announcing the 2016 recipients of our grants program and showcasing some of the amazing work being done across Manitoba to restore and protect our shared waters.

  • When: Wednesday, March 22, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: FortWhyte Alive – Alloway Reception Centre (1961 McCreary Rd, Winnipeg)

Come out to celebrate local watershed...

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...

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...

Our three-part Water Wednesdays series took place in October 2016 and featured local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

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

This video shows highlights from our Oct. 19 event, So now what: Water stewardship in the real world, with:

  • Justin Reid, Manager, LaSalle Redboine Conservation District
  • Loren Remillard, President and CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of...

Our three-part Water Wednesdays series took place in October 2016 and featured local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

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

This video shows highlights from our Oct. 12 event, Creating smart water policy: Who gets to make the rules? Featured in it are guests:

  • Gordon Goldsborough, Chair of the Manitoba Water Council, professor at the University of...

Our three-part Water Wednesdays series took place in October 2016 and featured local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

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

This video shows highlights from our Oct. 5 event, Frankly, Lake Winnipeg, no one gives a damn: Public perceptions and why they matter, with:

  • Richard Cloutier, Broadcaster, 680 CJOB/Global News
  • Mary Agnes Welch, Research...

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...

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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.