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Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba’s election campaign has officially begun – and Lake Winnipeg needs to be on the agenda.

Over the past three decades, excess phosphorus has increased the growth of harmful algae blooms which are contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening local industries and communities.

It’s time for all of us to get involved as citizens living in a democracy in which the collective voice of the people influences the laws of the land.

It’s time to speak out for Lake Winnipeg.

What we’re doing:

To help voters make an informed decision when casting a ballot on April. 19, we’re...

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson

Join us at the West End Cultural Centre on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, for a benefit concert in support of LWF!

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson will feature sets by:

  • DJ Co-op
  • Mise en Scene
  • Scott Nolan and John K. Samson
  • Jess Reimer

Tickets are only $25 each - and the price of admission includes a free copy of Love, Lake Winnipeg, a benefit EP featuring songs from participating artists, which will be given out at the show!

Update: The ticket pre-purchase window has now closed. A small amount of remaining tickets will be available at the door; please note, the West End...

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson

 

Update: Tickets for our Love, Lake Winnipeg raffle are on sale now! Only $5 each (or three for $10), they offer another way to support LWF - and a chance to win amazing prizes. We'll also be selling tickets at our Jan. 14 benefit show. The draw will be that night but you don't have to be at the concert to win. Good luck!

Almost 50 years after they were first recorded to vinyl, folk songs documenting life on Lake Winnipeg are being given new life – and new purpose.

Love, Lake Winnipeg: A tribute to the songs of Sol Sigurdson, is a collaborative project featuring select tracks from Riverton...

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 algae 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

Algae 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...


Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended in-person presentations until further notice. Instead, we are now offering online presentations.

LWF is pleased to offer free educational presentations about Lake Winnipeg to schools and community groups.

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

  • Information about the lake's physical, social, economic, ecological and cultural significance
  • An introduction to the root causes of the current health challenges facing the lake
  • The...
The Manitoba Museum's Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions Exhibit

Photo credit: Hans Thater

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...

LWF’s education program assists educators to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action.

We offer in-class* presentations and funding for water-related learning. In addition, we are happy to partner with individual teachers and/or schools in the collaborative development of more tailored educational opportunities – providing customized tools, resources and other supports that can be integrated into existing curriculum and delivered via multiple points of contact over the course of the school year.

To learn more, download our education program information sheet...

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 algae 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...

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