LWF invests in local water solutions
LWF has awarded a total of $16,750 to five Manitoba-based projects dedicated to improving local water quality. Projects include two water-monitoring programs, educational signage for an innovative wetland project, consultations with local producers on water-storage initiatives and a new resource for wastewater treatment facility operators.
“Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, our grants program is investing in real-world solutions for Manitoba’s lakes and rivers,” says Alexis Kanu, LWF’s executive director. “It’s our privilege to be able to channel the passion and concern of lake-lovers across our watershed into meaningful, collective impact.”
Successful 2017 grant recipients were announced at LWF's 2018 Annual General Meeting. They are:
- Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
- Village of St-Pierre-Jolys
- West Souris River Conservation District (two separate projects)
- Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District
“As a transboundary organization, it is important to provide communities across the Assiniboine River basin with accessible information to better understand the complex issues impacting our shared waters,” says Wanda McFadyen, Executive Director of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative.
“Documenting wastewater standards set in Manitoba, North Dakota and Saskatchewan into one comprehensive resource tool will not only benefit to our stakeholders, it will benefit Lake Winnipeg, as well. We appreciative the support provided by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation as we work to complete this goal.”
“The wetland solution we’ve implemented in our community is environmentally and economically sustainable,” says Janine Wiebe, Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys.
“With LWF’s support, we’ll be able to educate university students, engineers and citizens about this pioneering wastewater project, and hopefully inspire other jurisdictions to take action.”
LWF’s grants program supports projects that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Priority is given to those that address one or more of the eight actions to reduce phosphorus loading outlined in the foundation’s flagship initiative, the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan. Successful recipients were selected through an annual submission process which sees projects from across the province and beyond apply for financial assistance ranging from $500 to $10,000.