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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 on Wednesday, May 17 for our 2023 Annual General Meeting!

New this year, we are hosting a hybrid event. If you’d like to attend in person, we’ll be meeting at FortWhyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd) in Winnipeg. If you’d prefer to attend online, our AGM will also be available as a live, virtual event.

Important reminder to all LWF members: voting on AGM business will take place online in advance of the AGM, between April 19 and May 15.

All LWF members in good standing have the right to vote; the 2023 AGM agenda and all other materials, as well as a link to the online voting platform, are...

Update: The deadline to participate in the online Water Action Plan Survey has been extended until March 15, 2023.

Let Manitoba’s government know that community-based monitoring improves water decision-making.

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) mobilizes citizen volunteers and watershed partners to collect water samples in order to identify phosphorus hotpots – localized areas where phosphorus reduction is required to improve Lake Winnipeg water quality.

LWCBMN is a credible source of valuable water-quality data which can be used to improve water policy and...

Join us online on Wednesday, May 18 for our 2022 Annual General Meeting! Once again, this will be a live, virtual event – a format that provides the opportunity for LWF members from across the watershed to connect.

Important reminder to all LWF members: voting on AGM business will take place online in advance of the AGM, between April 20 and May 16.

All LWF members in good standing have the right to vote; the 2022 AGM agenda and all other materials, as well as a link to the online voting platform, are presented below.

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. CDT
Venue: Zoom...

With the changing weather comes the end of another sampling season for the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN). 

Coordinated by LWF with the help of watershed partners and the guidance of LWF science advisors, LWCBMN mobilizes citizens to collect water samples from rural areas located within the Red and Assiniboine River watersheds. These samples are then analyzed in a lab to measure phosphorus concentration, which enables LWF to calculate the amount of phosphorus being exported off the landscape and into the waterways that flow into Lake Winnipeg. 

By identifying...

Long-term citizen-led water monitoring data, shared in a new report released today by LWF, is providing valuable information to guide local action to address algae blooms.

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) is a phosphorus-monitoring program coordinated by LWF that mobilizes citizen volunteers and watershed professionals to collect water samples across Manitoba.

Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for blue-green algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg and other lakes across the province. LWCBMN water samples are collected using scientific protocols, then analyzed by LWF...

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN), coordinated by LWF, mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across Manitoba. With the help of watershed partners and the guidance of LWF science advisors, the network is identifying phosphorus hotspots – localized areas that contribute higher amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to local waterways than other areas.

In what has become an annual event, LWCBMN volunteers, partners and other supporters recently gathered at the University of Manitoba to connect with each other, learn about the results of the 2019 LWCBMN field season...

Cycling for Solutions returns for its fifth year in support of citizen science!

On Aug. 30, a group of amateur cyclists will once again embark on an ambitious, three-day, 500 km self-supported road trip from Winnipeg, Man. to IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) - a world-class freshwater research facility in northwestern Ontario. Continuing what has become an annual tradition, riders are paying their own expenses while accepting financial pledges for their efforts. All funds raised will be donated to LWF to support the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN).

Since the...

Update: Congratulations to the Cycling for Solutions 2019 riders for crushing the route to IISD-ELA, and a heartfelt thank you to the many supporters who donated to support citizen science! So far, the cyclists have raised over $15,000! If you'd like to add your support, the CanadaHelps donation link will remain live until Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

Cycling for Solutions returns for a fifth year in support of citizen science!

On Aug. 30, a group of amateur cyclists will once again embark on an ambitious, three-day, 500 km self-supported road trip from Winnipeg. Man. to IISD Experimental Lakes...

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...

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