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    COVID-19 Updates
    Read the latest information about how our organization is continuing our work to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg while ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our employees, volunteers, members, partners, and supporters.
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    Become a member of LWF. Together, we will speak up for the health of fresh water.
  • Algae Blooms on Lake Winnipeg
    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.
  • Focus on phosphorus at Winnipeg’s largest sewage plant
    Responding to an updated plan, we identify two opportunities for accelerated phosphorus reduction at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre.
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The Lake Winnipeg Health Plan

Eight actions to address the root causes of harmful algae blooms.

Keeping Water on the Land

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Monitoring our Waterways

Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for potentially harmful algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg – but in order to take effective action on phosphorus reduction, we must fully understand how, when and from where phosphorus is reaching Lake Winnipeg.

Managing our Shorelines

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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 advocating for change and co-ordinating action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

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