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Algae bloom on Lake Winnipeg

Photo by Jennifer Engbrecht

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

Excess phosphorus is contributing to the growth of potentially harmful algae blooms which are contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening local industries and communities.

We know what’s at stake. This election, join us in speaking out for Lake Winnipeg and advocating for action.

What we’re doing:

To help Manitoba voters make an informed decision when casting a ballot on Sept. 10, we’ve sent the following three questions to each party’s headquarters...

Collage of photos showing algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg

Algae blooms at Connaught Beach and Lester Beach, July 2019; Photos (clockwise from top left): Murray McCaig, Jennifer Engbrecht, Carter Brooks, Laurie Bennett

Update: The city’s request for an extension for NEWPCC upgrades is now under review by the provincial regulator.

Manitoba Sustainable Development’s Environmental Approvals Branch must assess the city’s submission and decide whether or not to grant its request for a two-year extension. (The city has asked for a new deadline of Dec. 31, 2021, to come up with a plan that would include a revised date for a full plant upgrade and potential...

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Each year, lake-lovers of all ages channel their hobbies and talents into fundraising events for a healthy Lake Winnipeg: from lemonade stands to art shows to recreational activities!

Here are just some of the events and initiatives happening this summer:

Lake Winnipeg PaperCut Maps (ongoing initiative): Multi-media artist Gail Bacosa-Puhawan creates beautiful bathymetric maps of Manitoba lakes using cut paper, with relative depths illustrated by use of gradients of blue cardstock. Ten per cent of sales from her Lake Winnipeg piece will be donated to LWF. (Connect with Gail...

Lake Winnipeg eastern shoreline

Update: Thanks so much to everyone who joined us at this event! We've since been asked to share the advocacy letter templates we had brought with us. Here is the example of a letter you can send to your MLA or to a candidate running in the upcoming provincial election. Here is the example of a letter you can send to your Winnipeg city councillor. Remember: keep it short, personalize your message and ask for a response.

Join us in Grand Marais on July 6 to learn more about the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg and the boreal forest that surrounds it – and what we can do as individuals and...

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN), coordinated by LWF, mobilizes citizen volunteers and conservation professionals to collect water samples across Manitoba in order to measure phosphorus concentration. Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg and other water bodies.

This growing, long-term monitoring program has been actively sampling since 2016. A new report highlights insights gained by analyzing citizen-generated phosphorus data from the 2017 and 2018 field seasons. Among them:

  • Phosphorus hotspots exist and water...
Save the Lake Fish Fry text with picture of Gimli Harbour

Join us in Gimli on Sunday, June 30, for the Save the Lake Fish Fry!

Organized by the Gimli Yacht Club and the Kiwanis Club of Gimli & District, this family-friendly fundraising event features education, fun and food – all in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg.

When: June 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Outside* the Gimli Yacht Club (Gimli Harbour; 95 1st Ave)

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC).

Activities include:

The May long weekend marks the unofficial beginning of cottage season in Manitoba. As lake-lovers prepare to head out to the lake, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF), The Gordon Foundation and RBC Foundation are embarking on a new partnership to drive evidence-based water stewardship across the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

This collaborative, three-year project has been made possible with a $600,000 gift from RBC Foundation.

Leveraging LWF’s localized knowledge and community connections, and The Gordon Foundation’s technical expertise and innovation, the project aims to generate credible water...

We’re looking for a passionate individual to join our team – and so are our partners at the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective!

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is accepting candidates for a Program Manager, as part of our Agricultural Water Stewardship program. This person will be responsible for:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a water-quality monitoring program for agricultural beneficial management practices (BMPs), in collaboration with landowners, conservation partners and LWF science advisors
  • Effectively managing program resources in response to existing and emerging...

LWF’s 2018 annual report and audited financial statements are now online for your review. Click here to read the report.

FYI, past years’ annual reports can be found here.

Our 2019 Annual General Meeting is taking place on Tuesday, April 30, at FortWhyte Alive. Members in good standing will elect LWF’s 2019/20 board of directors. Plus, you’ll get an update on our activities – and impact – over the past year, and have the chance to learn from guest presenter Dr. Glen Daigger, Professor of Engineering Practice and Researcher with the Great Lakes Water Authority, who will be speaking on...

Poster for May 9 Science First event

Join us on May 9 to explore the science and politics surrounding Winnipeg’s wastewater infrastructure issues!

Hosted by Science First, a non-profit organization promoting science and evidence-based policy, this evening event will feature presentations from LWF’s executive director Alexis Kanu and University of Manitoba Biosystems Engineering Professor Nazim Cicek, followed by an audience Q & A.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our recommendation for an interim retrofit to Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant to help protect Lake Winnipeg – and pick up a copy of our...

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