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May 2018

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Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada and Chelsea Lobson, winner of the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire (Photo: David Moder)

LWF’s Community-Based Monitoring Coordinator Chelsea Lobson has received a national honour!

On May 3, BioTalent Canada announced Chelsea as the winner of the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire!

BioTalent Canada is a national not-for profit industry association which acts as the HR partner of the Canadian biotechnology industry, working to ensure that the bio-economy has access to the talent it needs. Its many wage subsidy programs to...

LWF has awarded a total of $16,750 to five Manitoba-based projects dedicated to improving local water quality. Projects include two water-monitoring programs, educational signage for an innovative wetland project, consultations with local producers on water-storage initiatives and a new resource for wastewater treatment facility operators.

“Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, our grants program is investing in real-world solutions for Manitoba’s lakes and rivers,” says Alexis Kanu, LWF’s executive director.  “It’s our privilege to be able to channel the passion and concern...

The RM of Victoria Beach was one of eight included in a 2017 study of south basin real estate. Photo: Paul Mutch

A 2017 study commissioned by LWF confirms that Lake Winnipeg property values make significant contributions to Manitoba’s economy.

Conducted by Scatliff + Miller + Murray and BW Ferguson & Associates, the analysis considered residential and cottage properties around the lake’s south basin, extending south from Riverton on the west side and south from Victoria Beach on the east side. Roughly bounded by Highways 8 and 59, the study area encompassed portions of eight rural...

LWF's office will be closed on Monday, May 21 for Victoria Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 22.

We wish all our members and supporters a happy long weekend!

Dear LWF supporter,

Study finds Lake Winnipeg real estate valued at over $2 billion

A 2017 study commissioned by LWF confirms that Lake Winnipeg property values make significant contributions to Manitoba’s economy.

The study’s finding were shared publicly for the first time at our recent Annual General Meeting. The total assessed value for all properties within the study area was $2.49 billion. Property tax revenue was an estimated $40 million annually, representing roughly half of the total tax base for south basin municipalities. More information, including the study’s summary report, is now available on our website.

Read our report on Winnipeg’s wastewater infrastructure

With Winnipeg’s municipal election slated for October 2018, LWF’s advocacy is focused this year on municipal wastewater treatment. City of Winnipeg sewage treatment plants represent the single largest point source contributor of phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg. To ensure we’re doing our part for Lake Winnipeg, phosphorus reduction through upgrades to these facilities must be a civic priority.

Our educational report on Winnipeg’s wastewater woes, “Sewage S.O.S.”, was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 7th. You can read an online version here.

LWF’s grants program invests in solutions

Our grants program supports projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. This spring, we announced funding for five Manitoba-based projects. Successful recipients include:

  • The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
  • The Village of St-Pierre-Jolys
  • The West Souris River Conservation District
  • The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District

You can read more about our grants program here. More information about specific projects is available here.

A sincere thank you to our members, whose generosity makes this program possible!


Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada and Chelsea Lobson, winner of the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire (Photo: David Moder)

LWF staff member wins national award

LWF’s Community-Based Monitoring Coordinator Chelsea Lobson is the winner of the 2018 MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire!

Chelsea is responsible for the development and operation of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network. Working collaboratively with scientists, local watershed groups and citizens, she co-ordinates day-to-day monitoring efforts, analyzes collected water samples and shares findings back to the community. You can learn more about LWCBMN here.

The MAGNUS Catalyst Award for Top New Hire was created by BioTalent Canada, a national not-for profit industry association. Congratulations to Chelsea on this well-deserved national award!

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend,

The LWF team

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Join us at FortWhyte Alive on Sunday, June 10, for MEC's Paddlefest!

This free event features information sessions on kayaking, canoeing and SUP, as well as kids’ activities and the newest gear up for grabs.

Come by our table to say hi! We’ll be there all day, selling some of our unique fundraising merchandise, and sharing we’ve been doing lately to restore and protect the health of Lake Winnipeg (which is a great place to paddle!). 

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