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March 2017

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Dear LWF supporter,

You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting

Our 2017 AGM is taking place on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m., at FortWhyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd in Winnipeg). We’ll be joined by guest speaker Dr. Michael Rennie, who will present the outcomes of his recent research on microplastics pollution in Lake Winnipeg. We’ll also be sharing more information about our community-based monitoring activities.

LWF’s 2016 annual report will be available online for your review on April 19. If you are unsure of the status of your membership, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’re hiring

We’re on the hunt for a 2017 Summer Outreach Co-ordinator to assist with the planning, promotion and delivery of a variety of outreach and fundraising events. This is an ideal position for students seeking summer employment.

Applications are due April 7. Head to our website for more details including a full job description – and help us spread the word by sharing our posting with your networks!

Federal budget 2017 and Lake Winnipeg

On March 22, the government of Canada released its 2017 budget, outlining federal priorities for the coming year. We reviewed the plan to figure out what it means for fresh water and for Lake Winnipeg; you can read our assessment here.

Many details have yet to be finalized and we will learn more in the coming months. We remain committed to bringing the collective voice of our supporters to the tables of decision-makers.

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

$21,000 for local water projects

LWF is thrilled to provide a total of $21,000 in new funding to four local water champions as part of our ongoing grants program:

  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Manitoba Chapter for its project: “Conserving the Boreal Forest for the Health of Lake Winnipeg”
  • FortWhyte Alive for its project: “Winnipeg’s Lake Winnipeg:  Aquatic Education, Monitoring and Restoration towards Conservation”
  • The Town of Niverville for its project: “Niverville Lagoon Bioremediation Project”
  • University of Manitoba for its project: “Near real-time assessment of algal blooms and nutrients in the Lake Winnipeg Basin’s other Great Lakes”

Head to our website to read more about these projects. You can also watch this short video to learn how your support of our grants program is making a difference for Manitoba’s water.

Thank you for your interest in Lake Winnipeg,

The LWF team

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