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Two new reports – plus a national honour for an LWF staff member!

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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