Volunteer Opportunity: Water Sampling with the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network

A woman pours water from a larger sampling bottle into a smaller one.

Looking for a tangible opportunity to improve the health of our shared waters? The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) is seeking volunteers to assist with sampling efforts this field season!

Coordinated by LWF, LWCBMN is a collaborative, long-term phosphorus monitoring program. Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for the algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg. LWCBMN works with local organizations and citizen scientists across Manitoba to identify phosphorus hotspots, localized areas that contribute higher amounts of phosphorus to local waterways than other areas.

Watch our video to learn more about the network.

LWCBMN volunteers collect samples frequently throughout the spring melt (which can last anywhere from two weeks to one month depending on the speed of thawing and the amount of snow) and after all large rain events. Sampling frequency reduces once the spring melt is over and water flows stabilize. Collecting a water sample takes about five minutes, and all equipment and training is provided.

Our network is currently seeking volunteers to sample near the following locations:

Southwest region:

  • Ninette
  • Portage La Prairie
  • Elm Creek

Interlake region:

  • Waterhen

If you’re interested in participating or want to learn more, please contact LWF Program Coordinator Claire Harvey by email at claire@lakewinnipegfoundation.org or call 204-956-0436.