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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...

Waves on Lake Winnipeg under a cloudy sky

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unexpected, unprecedented situation. In response, LWF is closely monitoring public health information and adapting our activities as needed. We remain steadfastly committed to our mission to advocate for change and coordinate action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

We will share regular updates on our website and through social media. Here are some of the steps we are currently taking to protect the health of our staff, our supporters and our community:  

  • Our Winnipeg office is closed until further notice and all staff are now working remotely.
  • Our annual...
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...

Forest with show on the ground and visible human footprints

During a normal year, the onset of winter naturally brings changes to our daily lives. It’s a period of transition in which we begin retreating into our homes and avoiding the outdoors. Here in Manitoba, many of us cringe at the thought of strong winds, icy roads and sidewalks, and frigid temperatures.

Despite the familiar sight of snow on the streets, this year’s transition into winter is anything but normal as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our routines. All of us have had to maintain physical distance from our communities, families and friends, and have faced other personal...

A photo collage of students doing water sampling work

LWF is hiring for two co-op student term positions this winter to support the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network!

The CBM Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for supporting volunteers participating in the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network. The CBM Data Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the field and data management activities of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network.

Due to COVD-19, these will be remote work placements, with occasional office visits for equipment preparation and some field work in rural Manitoba. Appropriate...

Looking for a career that will grow along with you? LWF is currently seeking exceptional candidates interested being in our full-time Communications Assistant!

This unique opportunity will be ideal for someone with total comfort in the online world, a background in digital marketing and/or social media engagement, and the versatility to adapt to the changing needs of our team and the dynamic nature of our mission.

This position will appeal to an energetic, highly organized and motivated young professional who thrives in a high-output, high-impact team environment and is looking for the...

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...

Grade 10 Biology students from Minot, North Dakota, are the newest citizen scientists to join the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN).

As part of their honours class, a small group of students from Minot’s Central Campus have volunteered to collect samples from the Souris River, using equipment supplied by LWF and following LWCBMN protocols developed by LWF science advisors. Their teacher was trained by LWF staff over Zoom.

LWCBMN is a long-term monitoring program coordinated by LWF which mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across rural areas of Lake Winnipeg’s...

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...

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