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A federal funding application for critically needed upgrades to Winnipeg’s oldest and largest sewage treatment plant is finally on its way to Ottawa. 

The proposal to the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) seeks funding for the design and construction of new biosolids facilities at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC), Phase 2 of an ongoing, multi-phase upgrade project. 

Phosphorus loading from sources like undertreated sewage feeds the growth of potentially toxic algal blooms on Lake Winnipeg. If proactively designed to optimize interim phosphorus...

In the leadup to Canada’s election, we sent three questions to Manitoba candidates to better understand their commitments to Lake Winnipeg.

Here's what we learned.


Surprisingly, only nine* candidates responded to our request. You can review their commitments below, by clicking on the candidates' names. 

Conservative Party of Canada

James Bezan, Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman

Green Party of Canada

Greg Boettcher, Winnipeg South

Janine Gibson, Provencher

Doug Hemmerling, Winnipeg South Centre

Ralph McLean, Churchill-Keewatinook Aski

Laurent Poliquin, Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

Liberal Party of Canada...

Despite decades of government commitments, Lake Winnipeg’s health continues to decline. 

In the leadup to Canada’s election on Sept. 20, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective are reminding federal candidates that promises are not enough. It’s time for immediate action that generates measurable results. 

WHAT WE’RE DOING: 

Together, LWF and LWIC have released a plan for federal action: Five Things the Federal Government Must Do for Lake Winnipeg. This road map identifies specific, concrete actions achievable in less than five years to achieve real impact for...

On May 28, 2021, Manitoba Conservation and Climate provided conditional approval for the City of Winnipeg’s interim phosphorus-reduction plan at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) – the latest in a series of regulatory and financial approvals required before the city can begin the design and construction process to address the North End plant’s phosphorus emissions. 

With a contract for the project expected to be awarded this summer, the city currently projects that it will take until late 2023 to implement interim phosphorus reduction at the plant. Winnipeg’s water and waste...

Photo of the North End Water Pollution Control Centre sign, with address of 2230 Main Street below

Measurable phosphorus reduction at Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant is one step closer to reality – a success made possible by committed citizens speaking up for change. 

On Feb. 9, Winnipeg’s Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment recommended funding for interim chemical phosphorus removal at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC). 

The committee decision comes as a follow-up to an October 2019 Winnipeg City Council motion which directed department staff to test interim phosphorus removal options, report back to the...

A group photo of all the people and children who participated in the Victoria Beach Walk for Water event in 2017, with the children holding a banner that says we love Lake Winnipeg.

As individuals and as a group, citizens have great power to influence change. Decision-makers take note when people speak up for water; individually and collectively, our voices matter. Using our voices is an effective tool to influence policy, encourage action and hold governments accountable.

Now is an important time for freshwater advocacy. LWF has been engaging with all levels of crown government to push for evidence-based solutions to reduce phosphorus loading across the watershed.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve been up to – and how you can help us speak up for Lake Winnipeg.

At the...

Canada is a country defined by water – and improving the health of Lake Winnipeg is a well-established national priority, acknowledged through the policy priorities, mandate letters and throne speeches of successive federal governments.

But how do we move beyond good intentions and begin achieving meaningful results?

Together, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective have released a position paper which identifies five things the federal government must do for Lake Winnipeg right now.

They are:

1. Recognize phosphorus as the cause of blue-green algal blooms on...

We need your help.

Today, the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) Project Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from both the city and the province tasked with implementing an interim phosphorus reduction plan to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg, released an updated plan.

LWF, along with our partners at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC), released a joint statement in response.

In 2019, both governments committed to accelerate phosphorus reduction at the NEWPCC. We’re concerned that the...

On Sept. 16, the International Joint Commission (IJC) announced it had submitted its recommendations on proposed Red River nutrient targets to the governments of Canada and the United States.

Recommended targets for the Red River at the boundary between the two countries include concentration objectives for phosphorus and nitrogen (0.15 and 1.15 milligrams per litre, respectively), as well as recommended annual loads for both nutrients: 1,400 tons for phosphorus and 9,525 tons for nitrogen.

The IJC’s decision to recommend nitrogen reduction as a strategy to reduce the frequency and severity of...

In 2018, the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Act established an Expert Advisory Council to provide advice and recommendations to the Minister of Conservation and Climate. In August, this council solicited stakeholder input on a provincial water management strategy for Manitoba.

Our submission advocates for a science-based, outcome-focused strategy to effectively translate policy into meaningful practice to safeguard our shared waters. Such a strategy must be supported by robust evidence, include measurable targets and defined timelines for action, and strengthen monitoring and reporting...

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