The Manitoba government recently released its Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, a proposed framework to support environmental protection, natural resource management and sustainable development.
The plan’s actions are organized within four key pillars: climate, jobs, water and nature.
The Water Pillar of the government’s proposed framework provides a necessary starting point to improve water management for the benefit of all Manitobans. However, the plan does not yet go far enough. The pledges put forward by Manitoba Sustainable Development in this consultation framework must now guide...
Update: Our temporary situation has ended and LWF has now moved into a new office space.
At the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, we understand the importance of water. Last week, we were reminded of its power.
On Thursday morning, we learned that a pipe in the basement ceiling of the building in which LWF's office space is located had burst during the night. The result was a serious flood – and serious damage to various mechanical systems.
The entire building is now shut down, and we have been told it will take up to eight weeks to complete all necessary repairs.
LWF’s education program assists teachers to engage students on water stewardship issues and inspire youth action. We offer in-class presentations and funding for water-related learning, plus opportunities to collaborate with individual educators and/or schools on more customized partnerships and initiatives.
We are excited to launch a new resource for music educators, in recognition that water can be explored beyond the science curriculum.
Rise and Shine, Lake Winnipeg, is an original song co-written by Rod Palson and Lorne Martin, residents of Riverton and Husavik, Manitoba, respectively...
As the 2017 open-water season draws to a close, participants and supporters of the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN) met in Winnipeg to discuss progress, share lessons learned and plan next steps.
Co-ordinated by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) and supported by LWF’s Science Advisory Council, the LWCBMN is engaging citizen volunteers in the collection of water samples. These samples are then analyzed in a lab to measure phosphorus concentration and calculate the amount of phosphorus being exported off our landscapes.
Update 2: Presentations on Bill 24 have been rescheduled; the committee will now meet on Monday, Oct. 23, and Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Update: The Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development is set to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26 to hear public presentations on Bill 24. LWF has registered to present. We urge all our supporters to contact their MLAs in advance of these meetings.
In March 2017, the provincial government announced plans to lift restrictions preventing the expansion of Manitoba’s hog industry, a move that would enable new and expanded barns to be built...
It’s not every day you get to visit one of Canada’s primary sources of lake science. And it’s certainly not every day you get to stand on the shores of a humble little lake known simply as Lake 227 that has informed scientists’ understanding of eutrophication for almost half a century.
Located in northwest Ontario about an hour and a half east of Kenora, the IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is a natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds. The area was set aside for scientific research in 1968 and it’s an ideal setting in which to conduct whole-ecosystem science...
All summer long we’ve been celebrating local beer and local lakes, partnering with local craft breweries to showcase limited-edition, lake-themed brews.
This collaborative beer series continues with September’s Boardwalk Belgian Pale Ale, created by our friends at PEG Beer Co.
Boardwalk Belgian Pale Ale is fruity with a slight pepper spice – a balanced beer that finishes dry and crisp. Try it while supplies last by visiting PEG Beer Co.’s brew pub, located at 125 Pacific Ave. in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, you’ll also be able to find Boardwalk Belgian Pale...
Manitoba’s government has launched public consultations on three new watershed planning initiatives. This is an opportunity for lake-lovers to speak up for our lakes and rivers and help shape provincial water policy.
Co-developed by the provincial departments of Sustainable Development and Agriculture, the three documents outline:
Changes to drainage regulations
An incentive program for farmers
Changes to Manitoba’s conservation districts program
At LWF, we recognize that these proposed initiatives have the potential to provide a strong framework to improve water management – and the health of...
The third annual Cycling for Solutions ride from Winnipeg to IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) was the most successful yet, raising over $12,000 - and counting! - for citizen science and the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring (CBM) Network.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported this year’s ride by donating, sharing posts on social media and/or keeping the riders inspired with messages of encouragement. You are making possible the expansion and maintenance of water sampling sites throughout Manitoba. Data collected at these sites will help us pinpoint phosphorus hotspots and...