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Geography, according to American professor Dr. Charles Gritzner, can be defined by three simple questions: “What is where?”, “Why there?” and “Why care?”

Gritzner’s definition – which speaks to location, ecological features and socio-cultural contexts – underlies OPEN Water, a collaborative initiative led by Canadian Geographic Education, a program of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

The multi-year, multi-aspect project’s title is an acronym that stands for Observe, Participate, Experience and Network. Last year, organizers brought together...

We’re thrilled about our collaboration with local artist Kal Barteski!

Designed exclusively for LWF and created with help from Huron Woodwork, these unique #kbscript art pieces are perfect for hanging on your wall, or displaying on your mantle or bookshelf. (They also make great gifts.) Best of all, all proceeds from every sale support our ongoing work, which means your purchase is not only beautiful, it’s also making a healthy Lake Winnipeg possible!

All items within this collection can be purchased through our website or by contacting us at our Winnipeg office. Purchased...

(left to right) SRRCD Project Supervisor Chris Randall, SRRCD District Manager Jodi Goerzen, Board Chair Cornie Goertzen, LWF board member and Science Advisory Council Chair Alex Salki, SRRCD board member Larry Bugera

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is pleased to announce that the Seine-Rat River Conservation District has been chosen to receive the 2015 Alexander Bajkov Award.

Named in memory of pioneering fisheries biologist Alexander Bajkov (1894 – 1955), this award was created by LWF in 2008 and is presented annually to those who demonstrate outstanding efforts to protect and restore the...

With the provincial election just one week away, a new poll reinforces the importance of Lake Winnipeg to all Manitobans.

The online survey of 882 Manitobans was conducted by Probe Research Inc. for the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF). Among the findings:

  • 94% of Manitobans agree Lake Winnipeg is worth protecting
  • 91% agree the health of lakes and rivers is very important to the quality of life in Manitoba
  • 80% agree that Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba’s most important natural resources

“We are not surprised by these numbers. They reinforce what I think all Manitobans already know: the health of...

Fresh water matters to us, and we know it matters to our members and supporters.

In the lead-up to Manitoba’s election, we wanted to learn more about how parties and candidates plan to address the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg.

We sent the following five questions to each party’s headquarters. We also reached out to all Manitoba candidates with an accessible email address.

Question 1

Whole-lake studies on Lake 227 at Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) over multiple decades demonstrate that phosphorus controls the growth of blue-green algae blooms. This research has driven important...

We first met some of the young water champions from Strathmillan Elementary School when we presented last year to a particularly enthusiastic Grade 4 class. Inspired by what they learned about Lake Winnipeg, these students went on to collaborate on a series of watercolour paintings, write letters to local politicians and organize a successful fundraiser for LWF.


One of the beautiful paintings created by Strathmillan students last year.

Fast forward to this year, and the entire K to 5 school has rallied into action!

Strathmillan has chosen “water” as its 2016 educational theme – and LWF as a...

Manitoba’s election campaign has officially begun – and Lake Winnipeg needs to be on the agenda.

Over the past three decades, excess phosphorus has increased the growth of harmful algae blooms which are contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening local industries and communities.

It’s time for all of us to get involved as citizens living in a democracy in which the collective voice of the people influences the laws of the land.

It’s time to speak out for Lake Winnipeg.

What we’re doing:


To help voters make an informed decision when casting a ballot on April. 19, we’re...

Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? We’re on the hunt for extraordinary event planners, social media superstars and marketing geniuses with a passion for the environment.

LWF is creating an applicant pool for two term positions:

  • Summer Outreach Coordinator: This person will assist LWF staff and volunteers in the planning, promotion and delivery of outreach and fundraising events.
  • Digital Communications Coordinator: This person will assist LWF staff in the creation and dissemination of online content related to the promotion of LWF...

This World Water Day, we are asking how we can ensure a healthy future for Lake Winnipeg.

What does a healthy Lake Winnipeg look like? What should the next provincial government be doing to protect it? How can Winnipeggers get involved?

Join us for a lively debate on Tuesday, March 22, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Winnipeg Free Press Café, 237 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg.

Co-hosted by LWF and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Tuesday, Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the 1971 adoption of the United Nations’ intergovernmental Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Every year on Feb. 2, people around the world raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and take action in their own communities to protect these special areas.

A wetland is any area that holds water – either temporarily or permanently. They may more commonly be known as sloughs, swamps, ponds or marshes.

We here at LWF love wetlands: for their biodiversity, for their ability to mitigate the effects of flooding and...

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