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Summer looks a little different for everyone this year. To keep each other safe, our annual Walk for Water events won’t be happening. We’re going to miss seeing everyone, but we’ve got some exciting new initiatives taking place!

Here’s a look at what’s happening – and how you can get involved from the comfort of your own home:

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…for Lake Winnipeg

Support a healthy Lake Winnipeg with your favourite summer activity! Love to bake? Passionate about running? Keen to clean up your community? All this and more can be turned into a fundraiser …for Lake Winnipeg!

The easiest way to support our...

Bid for Lake Winnipeg is an art auction in support of LWF running until Aug 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Decorate your home, office or cottage with a piece of Lake Winnipeg! Part of our summer 2020 fundraising campaign, our online art auction is your chance to bid on a variety of works made by local artists inspired by our great lake and its natural surroundings.

Featuring a mix of mediums and styles and a range of market values, our online art auction truly has something for everyone. Visit our Bid ...for Lake Winnipeg page for more information.

For art auction updates, make sue to mark yourself as interested or going on our Facebook event!

On Auhust 7, a group of cyclists will hit the road from Winnipeg to Lake Winnipeg's Victoria Beach in support of LWF! This year’s “founders ride” is the first of what will hopefully become an annual summer tradition.

Show your support for the riders: visit the Bike to the Beach 2020 online campaign page to donate directly to the ride, or donate to a specific rider through their personal fundraising page.

By supporting Bike to the Beach, you are part of a community of lake-lovers who are translating science into solutions for the health of our fresh water – now and for future generations. Thank...

A vintage bicycle sitting on a gravel road at Victoria Beach, Manitoba

Choose your Adventure: Bike Tours of Victoria Beach

Grab your bike and get ready to roll! Sheila Grover and Greg Thomas are offering themed bike tours of Victoira Beach to raise funds for LWF. The cost is $15 per person and you can either pay your tour guides on the day of your ride or you can make a donation directly to LWF.

Cost: $15 per person
Starting time: 10 a.m.
Starting point: Village Green Bandstand, Victoria Beach
Approximate length: 2 hours

To respect physical distancing recommendations, bike tours are limited to 15 people. Choose among three topics:

Building the Beach July...

A single-use plastic water bottle in the sand on a Lake Winnipeg beach

Clean plastic beverage containers, cereal boxes and tin cans are eligible for curbside pickup, but what can you do with batteries, plastic storage bins or even appliances? Winnipeg has three locations where you can drop off end-of-life materials for free!

The 4R Winnipeg Depots offer a place for residents to take materials that can be composted, recycled, reused or resold. They are different from the community recycling depots as they will take a wide range of materials. It's free of charge to bring any of the accepted materials including the following:

  • Leaf, tree wood and yard waste (no...
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 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...

Waves on Lake Winnipeg under a cloudy sky

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unexpected, unprecedented situation. In response, LWF is closely monitoring public health information and adapting our activities as needed. We remain steadfastly committed to our mission to advocate for change and coordinate action to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

We will share regular updates on our website and through social media. Here are some of the steps we are currently taking to protect the health of our staff, our supporters and our community:  

  • Our Winnipeg office is closed until further notice and all staff are now working remotely.
  • Our annual...
A mother and child at Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail with tress towering overhead.

Many of us are spending a lot more time at home these days. Our Let's Learn series offers family-friendly educational activities and resources to help exercise your brain while keeping the kids entertained. Each post has a different theme related to Lake Winnipeg and offers different types of resources and activities including colouring sheets, activity pages, videos, interactive online activites and experiments. Let's Learn about hiking!

This activity is for nature lovers of all ages. 

This year, Earth Day is April 22. It is a time to speak out and push for change to protect our planet. One...

A volunteer wearing a safety vest collects a water sample with the test "Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network 2019 Report"

Long-term citizen-led water monitoring data, shared in a new report released today 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.

Phosphorus is the nutrient responsible for blue-green algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg and other lakes across the province. LWCBMN water samples are collected using scientific protocols, then analyzed by LWF...


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