our mission

LWF is a membership-based environmental charity that advocates for change and coordinates action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

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Call to action: Help us speak up for Lake Winnipeg!

Manitoba’s environment minister must accelerate phosphorus compliance at Winnipeg’s north end sewage treatment plant.

Report card on federal responsibilities for Lake Winnipeg

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A sampling bottle being held in front of a river.

Phosphorus data for freshwater solutions

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LWF's 2023 annual report

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the watershed observer

Our latest special-edition newsletter focuses on the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network, LWF’s long-term phosphorus monitoring program. Learn how the network operates, explore findings and hotspot maps from the 2022, 2021 and 2020 field seasons, and discover how we are translating citizen science into freshwater solutions.

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programs and initiatives

lake winnipeg community-based monitoring network

Coordinated by LWF, this long-term phosphorus monitoring program mobilizes citizen volunteers and watershed partners to collect water samples across Manitoba. Together, we are generating critical data to identify localized phosphorus hotspots where action is required to improve Lake Winnipeg water quality.

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decolonizing reading club

Our reading club was collaboratively created by LWF and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective to grow our teams’ understanding of Indigenous perspectives and experiences, truth and reconciliation, treaty obligations, and the history and legacy of colonization. We invite you to join us on this learning journey. 

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latest news and updates

LWCBMN data update

After reviewing our data and consulting with our science advisors, we have removed water samples collected at hydroelectric generating stations from our dataset. We continue to work with our partners to generate credible, useful phosphorus data.

Advocacy & Action in Silver Harbour

Join us in Silver Harbour on Saturday, June 15, and learn how you can participate in evidence-based advocacy for Lake Winnipeg!

Report card on federal responsibilities for Lake Winnipeg

Water protection isn’t easy – it’s important. Our Year Three report card reviews progress made by the federal government on recommendations first presented by LWF and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective in 2020.
"Lake Winnipeg is a huge lake, its watershed is massive, and the phosphorus comes from a multitude of sources. One person cannot solve this alone. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the problem, I am contributing to a solution. "
~ Carla Keast, LWCBMN citizen scientist
"Lake Winnipeg is a very special place for us and for many other families. We’re concerned by the changes over the years that jeopardize the health of the lake. We are LWF supporters because we have faith in the future and we want to be part of the solution. "
~ Janet Sampson, LWF member
"We all share a deep love for Lake Winnipeg, and together, we’re turning that love into a commitment to action. "
~ Dr. Alexis Kanu, LWF Executive Director
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Your gift supports ongoing advocacy and action. Together, we are making a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible - now and for future generations.

the land

We are together on Indigenous land.

Lake Winnipeg, the lake we are working to protect, is part of the traditional territories of the Ininiwak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Nakota and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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