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May 2020

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Dear LWF supporter,

Like everyone else around the world, we have spent the past month and a half adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our website to learn more about the steps we’re taking to protect the health of our staff, our supporters and our community.

Though many of our plans have been adjusted – and will continue to evolve as circumstances change – our work to protect Lake Winnipeg continues.

A heat map showing the phosphorus concentrations at each LWCBMN site.

New data from the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network

Long-term citizen-generated water monitoring data, shared in a new report released in April by LWF, is providing valuable information to guide local action to address algae blooms.

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) is a phosphorus-monitoring program coordinated by LWF that mobilizes citizen volunteers and watershed professionals to collect water samples across Manitoba.

In 2019, LWCBMN’s fourth field season, 2,039 samples were collected from 161 sites. Network data is identifying phosphorus hotspots across Manitoba. Targeting action in these areas will reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Manitoba’s lakes and rivers, and improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

View our latest news post to learn more about the trends we’re observing and find out how LWCBMN is adapting 2020 sampling activities in response to COVID-19

A photo of a sunset over Chalet Beach

LWF’s AGM moves online

Save the date! The Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s 2020 Annual General Meeting is taking place on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. CDT.

To comply with public health recommendations, we are hosting this meeting as a live, virtual event. Free to attend and open to all, this is an opportunity for LWF members and supporters across the country and beyond to join us!

More information – including registration details, advance online voting instructions and other AGM materials – will be available soon on our website.

LWF’s 2019 annual report is available online.

To renew your LWF membership in advance of the AGM and ensure your eligibility to vote, please visit CanadaHelps to make a secure donation. All donations of $50 or more include a one-year membership and strengthen our collective efforts for Lake Winnipeg. Unsure of the status of your membership? Please contact us – we’re happy to help!

We hope to see you online on June 3!

A screen grab of the LWF team taken during an online staff meeting.

Thank you

For 15 years, driven by your support, LWF has led the charge for freshwater stewardship, translating science into solutions for the health of our lake. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment. We can’t wait to see you at the lake again soon!

The LWF team

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A child throwing a stone into Lake Winnipeg from the shore at Hecla Island

For many of us, the May long weekend marks the start of summer lake season. To help you stay safe while travelling to your cottage or campsite, here are the Manitoba provincial recommendations for being COVID Careful in Cottage Country

Before the trip

  • Collect local emergency contact information and bring it with you. Only reach out to these local authorities in the case of an emergency.
  • Bring all required prescription medication and medical devices.
  • Remember that firewood cannot be moved outside of Winnipeg due to the presence of the emerald ash borer. Be prepared to buy firewood at your...
A calm sky over the rippling waters of Lake Winnipeg at Chalet Beach

Last month, the governments of Manitoba and Canada jointly released the State of Lake Winnipeg report, 2nd edition. The report is presented as an update on its predecessor, published in 2011.

The 2nd edition provides information on the physical, chemical and biological condition of Lake Winnipeg from 2008-2016, including information on water quality, the lake’s fisheries, aquatic invasive species and species at risk. This builds on the 1999-2007 data presented in the first edition.

At LWF, we’re focused on phosphorus – the nutrient responsible for algae growth in freshwater lakes...

A photo of the North End Water Pollution Control Centre sign

On May 7, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced a plan to increase provincial infrastructure investment by $500 million through the Manitoba Restart Program. The goal is to stimulate the economy as Manitoba deals with the effects of the pandemic.

Specific projects will be identified in the coming weeks. However, water and sewage projects and municipal infrastructure priorities were among those mentioned in a list of targeted fields.

LWF is urging the provincial government to prioritize much-needed upgrades to Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC). You can read our...

A woman wearing a ribbon dress looks over a frozen Lake Winnipeg at an orange sunset.

Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? The Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC) is hiring!

The Social Media and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting LWIC's public outreach and education, member communications, and event coordination. For more information about LWIC, please visit lwic.org.

This job is made possible by support from the Government of Canada funded this job through the CanadaSummer Jobs program. You must be aged between 15 and 30 and be legally entitled to work in Canada. International students...

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