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We recently noticed suspicious activity on one of our social media accounts. The Canadian government website has a list of known COVID-19 scams asking for money or personal information. Unfortunately, fraudsters may also try to solicit donations on behalf of charitable organizations.

We would never solicit any personal financial information or ask for payments directly through social media or email. While we do promote fundraising campaigns through these channels, we will always provide links to secure donation options. If you’d like to support a healthy Lake Winnipeg, the best way to make a...

A hand holding a donated bottle in front of the Patent 5 distillery sign

Patent 5 is pouring something other than premium spirits these days — the generous staff at the Exchange District distillery are using their equipment (and their skills) to make hand sanitizer in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The team at Patent 5 is donating every bottle, free of charge, to local non-profits supporting Winnipeg’s most vulnerable populations. We saw this story in the news and realized we could help.

Spring is usually a busy time for Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) volunteers — they head out to their designated sites to collect water...

A mother and child hold hands as they wade in the water at Grand Beach

These activities are best suited to the late elementary school to early middle school levels with help from parents.

Did you know that city trucks spread sand and salt on the road when it snows? Sand helps vehicle tires grip the road when it’s slippery. Salt prevents the snow from freezing into ice. Check out this video from Reactions (produced by the American Chemical Society) to learn more about how salt lowers the freezing temperature of water:

Salt melting experiment

Now let’s see salt in action! This activity is adapted from Sciencing: Experiments with Salt Melting Ice

What you’ll need...

We're all spending more time at home these days and looking for ways to stay active. This week, LWF will be posting ways to exercise your brain, and keep the kids entertained! In our first Let's Learn series, we've got a variety of activities for the elementary school level.

Activity pages

A picture of the Lake Winnipeg Watershed Word Search 

Our printable activity pages feature two fun-filled puzzles. Can you unscramble the words to find the joke's punchline?

Let your imagination run free with these printable colouring pages and use your artistic skills to fill in the pictures!

Water pollution experiment

This experiment uses a few items from...

A map of the Lake Winnipeg watershed

The Lake Winnipeg Watershed

These activities are best suited to the late elementary school to the early middle school levels. 

What is a watershed? It's an area that drains into a body of water. It could be a playground, your school parking lot, or a farmer's field. This video from Nutrien shows the size of our watershed and explains how and from where the water flows into Lake Winnipeg.

Quick Facts

  • The Lake Winnipeg watershed expands over four Canadian provinces and four American states
  • A whopping 7 million people live in Lake Winnipeg's watershed
  • The watershed spans almost 1,000,000 square...
Office closed until further notice.

The LWF office is closed until further notice to protect the health of our staff team, our volunteers and supporters, and our community. The best way to reach staff is by email but please note that our response time may be delayed.

Please direct all general inquires to info@lakewinnipegfoundation.org or 204-956-0436.

For more information, please read our COVID-19 statement.

Thank you for your patience,
The LWF team


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The concerns about COVID-19 in Manitoba, and around the world, are growing. Our organization is committed to 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. As an organization guided by science, we are monitoring current information and best practices. Recommendations from credible sources like the World Health Organization and local public health officials will guide our policies and actions relating to COVID-19.

For all of us, our best step forward is active risk...

a photo of the LWF communications director and the 2019 summer outreach coordinator

Update: application deadline extended

The arrival of COVID-19 in Manitoba has caused many changes to our daily lives. We want to ensure all potential applicants have the time they need to shift plans, make decisions, and prioritize actions that will help protect their health and the health of those around them.

For this reason, the deadline for applications for both positions has been extended until end of day, Friday, April 3.

Here are some other steps we are taking and/or considering with respect to our summer hiring process:

  • Interviews will be conducted online.
  • The start date of one or both...
Alexis Kanu presenting at the 2020 LWCBMN Gathering

The Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN), coordinated by LWF, mobilizes citizens to collect water samples across Manitoba. With the help of watershed partners and the guidance of LWF science advisors, the network is identifying phosphorus hotspots – localized areas that contribute higher amounts of algae-causing phosphorus to local waterways than other areas.

In what has become an annual event, LWCBMN volunteers, partners and other supporters recently gathered at the University of Manitoba to connect with each other, learn about the results of the 2019 LWCBMN field season...

Waves rolling onto a sandy shore.

Update: The deadline for public feedback on the IJC’s proposed nutrient loading targets and concentration objectives has been extended until March 28, 2020.

The International Joint Commission (IJC) works to prevent and resolve transboundary water disputes, investigating issues and recommending solutions to the governments of Canada and the United States. Guided by the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was signed in 1909, it was established in recognition that each country is affected by the other’s actions in lake and river systems along the border.

The IJC is currently soliciting public feedback...

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