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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...
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...

Our education program assists educators to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action. As part of this program, we offer free school presentations about Lake Winnipeg.

With classes now underway across Manitoba, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted new protocols and routines designed to keep students and staff safe. LWF has adapted our activities, too. We have suspended in-person presentations until further notice. Instead, we are now offering online presentations!

Our presentations can be tailored to different age groups and contain subject matter which is relevant to...

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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