As the 2017 open-water season draws to a close, participants and supporters of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) met in Winnipeg to discuss progress, share lessons learned and plan next steps.
Co-ordinated by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) and supported by LWF’s Science Advisory Council, the LWCBMN is engaging citizen volunteers in the collection of water samples. These samples are then analyzed in a lab to measure phosphorus concentration and calculate the amount of phosphorus being exported off our landscapes.
In this issue, you’ll find an update on the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective’s recent work, information about our evolving education program, a Q-&-A about algae with LWF science advisor Hedy King, plus more.
Bill 24 (The Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act) proposed amendments to Manitoba’s Environment Act that would repeal legislated limitations to the hog industry’s growth and the ban on winter spreading of manure.
On Oct. 23, LWF presented to the Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs. We expressed concern about the lack of evidence behind the proposed amendments, and recommended that no changes be made to the legislation governing Manitoba’s hog industry until water-quality data is available to determine if current manure management practices are effective at keeping nutrients out of our lakes and rivers. Such data are necessary to determine how the industry may be expanding without increasing phosphorus loading to Manitoba’s waterways. You can read our full submission here.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in Lake Winnipeg,
The LWF team
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LWF’s education program assists teachers to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action. We offer in-class presentations and funding for water-related learning, plus opportunities to collaborate with individual educators and/or schools on more customized partnerships and initiatives.
We are excited to launch a new resource for music educators, in recognition that water can be explored beyond the science curriculum.
Rise and Shine, Lake Winnipeg, is an original song co-written by Rod Palson and Lorne Martin, residents of Riverton and Husavik, Manitoba, respectively...