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October 2016

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The LWF office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Have a great long weekend!

Dear LWF supporter,

Presented by Desjardins Financial Security Inc., our three-part Water Wednesdays series is bringing together local experts for some lively conversations about water.

Our first event took place Oct. 5 with special guests Richard Cloutier and Mary Agnes Welch. Thanks to everyone who joined us for what turned out to be a very interesting discussion about the role of media, public perception of water issues and civic engagement with decision makers.

Two events remain, both taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Qualico Family Centre in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park (the building beside the duck pond).

Oct. 12 (that’s tomorrow!) with special guests:

  • Gordon Goldsborough, Chair of the Manitoba Water Council, professor at the University of Manitoba (Department of Biological Sciences)
  • Matthew McCandless, Executive Director of IISD Experimental Lakes Area
  • Paul Vogt, President, Red River College, former Manitoba Cabinet Secretary

What’s the biggest obstacle to improving Manitoba’s water quality? Where should we start? How can we move forward if we disagree?

Oct. 19 with special guests:

  • Gordon Bluesky, Lands Manager with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, south basin representative for the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective
  • Justin Reid, Manager, LaSalle Redboine Conservation District
  • Loren Remillard, President and CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
  • Francesco Zurzolo, Water and wastewater treatment systems designer, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Where are the opportunities for on-the-ground solutions? What does meaningful collaboration look like? How can we measure return on investment?

Head to our website for more details. Hope to see you at one (or both) of our remaining events – and don’t forget to tell all your friends!

Thank you for your continued support,

The LWF team

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Our office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Remembrance Day. We will re-open on Monday, Nov. 14.

Dear LWF supporter,

Extra! Extra!

The Fall & Winter 2016 edition of our newsletter, The Watershed Observer, is out!

In this issue, you’ll find information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research, and examples of how Manitoba kids have been taking action. Plus, we acknowledge the many individuals and organizations who are helping to ensure Lake Winnipeg is healthy and safe, now and for future generations. We hope you enjoy the read!

LWF Grants Program

Need funding? Our Grants Program supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000!

We are currently accepting submissions from non-governmental organizations, charitable foundations, educational institutions, environmental/community groups, businesses or farms, local governments and First Nations. More details on our Grants Program and downloadable application forms are available on our website. Please note, submissions for 2016 grants are due at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.

Speak up for water

In advance of Budget 2017, the Manitoba government is soliciting public input on how provincial spending should be prioritized. This is an opportunity to use your voice to speak up for the health of our shared waters.

We encourage you to submit a comment in writing or online and let decision makers know our lakes and rivers matter. Consider recommending:

  • A budget increase for Sustainable Development, the provincial department responsible for protecting and managing the health of our lakes and rivers
  • Investments in strong regulation and strict enforcement to increase protection for Manitoba’s threatened wetlands

Budget submissions will be accepted until Dec. 1, 2016. Not sure how to craft your letter or email? Page 10 of our latest newsletter contains helpful tips on how to effectively communicate with decision makers.

Thank you for your interest in Lake Winnipeg,

The LWF team

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