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  • "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
  • Algae Blooms on 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.
LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes an update on our community-based monitoring efforts, a profile on LWF member and volunteer extraordinaire Paul Trevenen, plus information about proposed changes to provincial legislation that could affect Manitoba water quality and how you can get involved.

The Lake Winnipeg Health Plan

Eight actions to address the root causes of harmful algae blooms

Keeping Water on the Land

Wetlands are diverse ecosystems that keep our water clean by filtering out excess phosphorus. Protecting Manitoba’s threatened wetlands will protect the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Conserving the Boreal Forest

Teeming with life, Manitoba’s boreal forest supplies some of Lake Winnipeg’s cleanest water. Keeping our forest intact and healthy will safeguard the source water that flows into our great lake.

Setting the Standard for Wastewater Treatment

It’s time to take responsibility for our waste. The water we use to flush our toilets ends up in Lake Winnipeg. State-of-the-art treatment systems can ensure it’s clean when it gets there.

Monitoring our Waterways

To know where we’re going, we have to know where we’ve been. Collecting the right information will ensure we’re making smart, science-based decisions and tell us how our actions are making a difference.

Managing our Shorelines

Healthy shorelines are our last line of defence when it comes to protecting our lake. Working together will help us find the right balance between development and protection.

Promoting Agricultural Water Stewardship

Healthy farms and healthy lakes go hand in hand. We need to keep phosphorus on our fields – and out of our lake – by encouraging choices that are good for both our land and our water.

Investing in a Clean Water Economy

Smart policies and innovative technologies can save Lake Winnipeg and other threatened ecosystems around the world. It’s time to create new opportunities by exporting made-in-Manitoba solutions.

Taking Responsibility

Clean fresh water is a precious resource. Our individual choices will be the legacy we leave our children. Let’s stop pointing fingers and do what’s needed so that future generations can enjoy Lake Winnipeg.

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LWF is an environmental non-governmental organization (ENGO) seeking solutions to ensure a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed now and for future generations.