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Lake Winnipeg

LWF, Gimli

Photo: Gimli, 2014 (Paul Mutch)

LWF was founded in 2005, making this year our 10th anniversary!

We’re proud of our grassroots beginnings and the many passionate supporters whose dedication to our collective vision of a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed, now and for future generations, has shaped LWF into what we are today.

We’re also proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past decade: educating citizens, funding projects, and collaborating with governments, researchers and other stakeholders.

We’ve made progress – but our work is far from finished. Lake Winnipeg...

Harmful algal blooms have been increasing in size and frequency on Lake Winnipeg – contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and damaging Manitoba’s important fishing and tourism industries.

Algae on Lake Winnipeg circa 2006; photo: Lori Volkart

Algal blooms are the result of eutrophication – a condition caused by an over-abundance of the nutrient phosphorus. All living things need phosphorus – in fact, it’s one of the ingredients in the fertilizers we give our house and garden plants and our agricultural crops to help them grow. However, too much of it is a problem because it contributes to the growth of blue-green algae (which is also...

Today saw an encouraging step forward in the mission to save Lake Winnipeg.

Three levels of government become the first signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord, a made-in-Manitoba agreement that promotes taking action to reduce the amount of harmful algae-causing nutrients such as phosphorus from entering into the waterways that flow into our lake and protect water quality.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, federal minister of the environment, the Honourable Gord Macintosh, provincial minister of conservation and water stewardship, and Dunnottar Mayor Rick Gamble, chair of the South Basin Mayors...

A cloudy Grand Beach, overlooking Lake Winnipeg

LWF offers free educational presentations in English and French about Lake Winnipeg and its watershed to school (K-12) and community groups.*

These engaging presentations are accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show and are tailored to different age groups and curriculum concepts. Each presentation includes:

  • Information about Lake Winnipeg and its watershed;
  • An introduction to the root causes of the current health challenges facing the lake (e.g. algal blooms, invasive species);
  • The history of LWF – who we are and what we do;
  • An overview of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan (LWF’s evidence-based...
Clouds over Lake Winnipeg

As part of our mission to educate Manitobans on the challenges and opportunities facing this significant ecosystem, LWF is pleased to assist teachers in exploring curriculum-based water issues that pertain to Lake Winnipeg and its watershed by subsidizing the cost of student transportation and/or entrance fees to approved field trip venues.

Eligibility criteria:

LWF's education funding is available to Manitoba teachers. Field trips on Lake Winnipeg themes may include, for example, World Water Day activities (March 22), visits to Oak Hammock Marsh, Fort Whyte Alive or the Manitoba Museum’s Lake...

Shores of Lake Winnipeg, Chalet Beach

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

Meaningful change to the health of our lakes and rivers starts with learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has required all of us to adapt to the many new realities, and has given us some time for reflection. Here at LWF, we have been adapting, but also reflecting on what we can offer in terms of accessible, inclusive and impactful educational resources that relate to Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

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The purpose of LWF’s...

The Lake Winnipeg Health Plan recognizes our shared responsibility for the health of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed, and promotes collective investment in their protection and restoration.

Collaboratively created with the guidance of LWF's Science Advisory Council and released in January, 2013, it translates science into action to address the root causes of harmful algal blooms and restore the balance of this vital ecosystem.

Our plan is a road map to a solution. Engaging researchers, industry associations, conservation organizations, educational institutions, decision-makers, grassroots...

Walk for Water is the largest grassroots fundraising event in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg. Taking place in lakeside communities, these family-friendly, pledged walks are great way to be a part of the solution – and a fun way to spend a day at the lake!

Participating is easy: Use our Walk for Water pledge form to collect donations from friends, family, co-workers, teammates and other lake-lovers in your life. (LWF provides charitable receipts for donations of $20 or more.) Then, join us at one our events for some fresh air and exercise – plus, you’ll receive a T-shirt and participate in...

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