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August 2015

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LWF’s executive director Alexis Kanu is participating in First Fridays in the Exchange, a weekly tradition that encourages people to explore the galleries, shops and culture of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange district.

Join her and artist William Pura for Lake Winnipeg: Art, Science, and You to learn how art and science can collaborate to inspire change.

When: Friday, Aug. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: 237 McDermot (The Winnipeg Free Press News Café)
Cost: $20 plus tax (tickets include dinner, a moderated talk and a guided tour of galleries and studios); please reserve in advance by calling 204-...

LWF Cycling for Solutions


Update: Sadly, the foursome is now a trio, as Bruce unfortunately had to drop out of the trip. Good luck to the three remaining cyclists, Roger, Brad and Pete!.

Update: Thank you so much to everyone who has already pledged support to Roger, Brad, Bruce and Pete as they prepare to take on this challenge. Here’s a sampling of the amazing messages of encouragement the riders have received so far:

  • “Thanks for leading this inspiring initiative, Roger and team! You’re reminding us all of the importance of investing in science-based solutions for lakes throughout our beautiful watershed, and you’re...
Cycling for Solutions

On Friday, Aug. 21, four amateur cyclists (including Roger Mollot, president of LWF's volunteer board of directors) will embark on a three-day, 470 km road trip from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Ontario’s Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), one of Canada’s primary sources of lake science.

Participants are paying their own expenses while accepting financial pledges for their efforts. All money raised will be donated to LWF!

Donations can be made online through LWF’s CanadaHelps page. Pledgers are being asked to choose “Cycling for Solutions 2015” as the fund they would like to support to ensure their...

Celebrate the lake with us in Matlock!

We'll be taking part in the 6th annual Matlock Festival of Music, At & Nature, a three-day community event featuring an eclectic variety of performances, activities and art.

LWF staff will at the festival all day on Saturday, Aug. 29. Stop by our table to say hello, learn more about Lake Winnipeg, pick up som free educational materials and purchase some of our unique fundraising products!

Photo: Balsam Harbour Boat Launch, William Pura

Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 19, for a unique event! Surrounded by amazing photographic art, Lake Winnipeg: Framing the Issue will showcase a range of perspectives about our great lake.

Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world; an iconic body of water that has shaped both the physical geography of Manitoba and the shared cultural experiences of its citizens.

Humans have interacted with this ‘inland sea’ for centuries – and our actions have left a mark.

In partnership with Gurevich Fine Art, we invite you to a sure-to-be...

Dear LWF supporter,

We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to connect with so many people this summer, and we wanted to touch base with you one last time before the season ends.

Cycling for Solutions

LWF Cycling for Solutions

This coming Friday, Aug. 21, four amateur cyclists (including LWF’s president Roger Mollot) will embark on an ambitious challenge: a three-day, 470 km road trip from Winnipeg to the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) in Ontario, one of Canada’s primary sources of lake science.

This fundraising event has been independently organized as a 10 for 10 event in celebration of our 10-year anniversary and to highlight the value of the aquatic science generated by IISD-ELA.

Donations in support of Cycling for Solutions can be made online through LWF’s CanadaHelps page; please choose the “Cycling for Solutions 2015” fund to ensure your donation is allocated accordingly. You can also share words of encouragement in the provided comment field.

The riders are aiming to provide updates from the road on the Cycling for Solutions Facebook event page. We wish Roger, Brad, Bruce and Pete a safe and fun trip!

Walk for Water 2015

A big thank you to the volunteers, participants, sponsors, prize donors and everyone else who helped make this year’s Walk for Water events in Dunnottar, Gimli and Victoria Beach such a success. We had a great time – and together, we raised over $35,000 for LWF! We are inspired and humbled by the passion and commitment of our supporters.

Selected photos from Walk for Water 2015 are now up on our website and Facebook page.

An update on zebra mussels

It’s been almost two years since zebra mussels were first discovered in Lake Winnipeg.

An invasive species, these small, striped D-shaped mollusks use hair-like filaments called byssal threads to attach themselves to hard surfaces such as boats, docks, water-intake pipes and even the shells of other mussels. They multiple rapidly and are known to preferentially feed on benign algae, leaving behind potentially toxic cyanobacteria. As well, the waste they produce has the potential to change the lake’s chemistry and affect the food web.

Adult mussels and their microscopic larvae (known as veligers) have now been detected as far north as Hecla Island/Grindstone Point, as far south as the Red River, and throughout Lake Winnipeg’s south basin. While this is an unfortunate development for Manitoba’s great lake, we have the opportunity to work together to protect other rivers and lakes throughout the province.

All water users – boaters in particular – can help stop the spread of zebra mussels by remembering to “clean, drain, dry and dispose”:

  • Clean your watercraft with hot water and high pressure
  • Drain water from all gear
  • Dry equipment for at least five days in the hot sun during summer
  • Dispose of unwanted live bait and worms in the trash

To report a zebra mussel finding, visit www.manitoba.ca/stopais or call 1-87-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470).

Thank you for your continued support,

The LWF team

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