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Feb. 22, 2024

A sewage leak caused by a broken pipe and subsequent failures of a temporary bypass system has now spilled 228.1 million litres and counting of raw sewage into the Red River.

The governments of Winnipeg and Manitoba both have a role to play when it comes to our sewage infrastructure. As this spill drags on, I’m looking to our provincial government for answers. As Manitoba’s environmental regulator, I expect the province to explain the impact of this appalling failure of our sewage system. And I would like to hear from them about the consequences the City of Winnipeg will face as...

The protection of Lake Winnipeg has been identified as a key commitment of Manitoba's new government in the October 2023 mandate letters issued by Premier Wab Kinew.

Mandate letters outline the premier’s expectations for each cabinet minister, including government priorities they are to focus on and specific objectives they are to accomplish.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Tracy Schmidt has been directed to “Work with experts and scientists to protect Lake Winnipeg and safeguard the health of all our waterways.”

Minister Lisa Naylor, who leads the departments of Transportation and...

In the leadup to Manitoba’s Oct. 3 election, we asked all six provincial parties to commit to achieving phosphorus compliance at Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant, the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC).

Only the New Democratic Party of Manitoba (NDP) responded to us. This is the statement we received.

It’s disappointing that no party chose to commit directly to the specific actions required to achieve phosphorus compliance at Winnipeg’s north end plant. So many Manitobans care deeply about the health of Lake Winnipeg, and have called upon successive provincial...

For years, successive provincial governments have ignored the phosphorus pollution released by Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC). This provincial election, join us in calling for phosphorus compliance at Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant.

Excess phosphorus is the cause of harmful algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg – and NEWPCC is the single largest point source of phosphorus flowing into the lake. In 2005, the province set a phosphorus limit of 1.0 mg/L in NEWPCC’s operating licence. Almost 20 years later, NEWPCC remains non-compliant with this limit – and two...

Join us in Victoria Beach on Thursday, July 27, to learn how the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network is pointing the way towards solutions for Lake Winnipeg.

Presented by the Victoria Beach & District Walk for Water Committee, this evening event will feature a presentation by LWF Executive Director Alexis Kanu followed by a Q&A. Plus, make sure to stop by our outreach table to pick up information you can use to advocate for the lake!

When: Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: East Beaches Social Scene, 3 Ateah Rd in Victoria Beach. Note: this...

Manitoba’s water strategy action plan has ignored available phosphorus data that could improve water decision-making and protect Lake Winnipeg – despite stated objectives to support community-based monitoring and increase collaboration and sharing of water data.

Released July 5, 2023, the plan identifies 72 actions meant to advance the goals and objectives found within a broader water management strategy framework released in November 2022.

Manitoba Environment and Climate had previously solicited public feedback to inform the development of the action plan. Our April 2023 submission...

Join us in Ponemah on Saturday, July 29, to learn about current advocacy campaigns to protect Lake Winnipeg – and how you can get involved!

This event will feature a presentation by LWF Executive Director Alexis Kanu on evidence-based phosphorus reduction, followed by a Q&A. Plus, make sure to stop by our outreach table to pick up information and other materials you can use to speak up for the lake!

Where: Ponemah Beach Central Art Centre, 27 Central Ave, Dunnottar
When: Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m.

Open to all and free to attend with refreshments provided.

Thank you to Age Friendly...

This spring’s Budget 2023 commitment of $650 million over 10 years for a national Freshwater Action Plan is significant – but it’s just the beginning of a sustained effort to protect Lake Winnipeg.

Last year, LWF members successfully called for renewed federal funding. The March 2023 budget announcement shows that our collective advocacy is making a difference. Thank you to everyone whose efforts made this success possible!

Now, we’re thanking Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault for this new funding commitment. We’re also reminding him of the importance of...

Join us in Hillside Beach on Saturday, June 24, and learn how you can participate in evidence-based advocacy for Lake Winnipeg!

Nature’s Calling will take place outside in Charlie Wall Park: suggested arrival time is 10:30 a.m.; event starts at 11 a.m.

Featuring presentations by:

  • Alexis Kanu, Executive Director, Lake Winnipeg Foundation
  • Candace Parks, AIS Specialist, Manitoba Natural Resources & Northern Development

Please bring your own lawn chair and a reusable container for coffee/water. All east beach communities welcome!

Thank you to the Hillside Beach Community Association for...

This year marks an exciting new beginning for LWF, as we launch our 2023-2027 strategic plan!

Our new plan was collaboratively developed by LWF board and staff as part of an in-depth, two-year process. Together, we reviewed past achievements, considered emerging challenges, acknowledged our organizational strengths and identified opportunities for improvement. We encouraged ourselves to dream big – and we challenged ourselves to have honest conversations.

The result of that hard work is a new plan that establishes four high-level goals related to membership, advocacy, evidence and resilience...

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