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LWF has been advocating for improvements to Winnipeg wastewater treatment and closely monitoring ongoing developments.

Excess phosphorus is the cause of potentially harmful algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg, which have been increasing in size and frequency in recent years.

Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) is the single largest point source of phosphorus to the lake. It releases an average of 600 kg of phosphorus every day. This is over three times the 1 mg/L phosphorus limit prescribed in the plant’s provincial operating licence, which was first issued under Manitoba’s...

People watching a sunrise on Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg defines our province and inspires our people – but the algae blooms are impossible to ignore.

Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) is the single largest point source of phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg. Join us in advocating for the implementation of phosphorus-removal technology at this sewage treatment facility.

Inaction is not an option. There’s too much at stake.

How you can help: Contact your MLA. Remind them that, as the provincial regulator, they have a responsibility to ensure the City of Winnipeg addresses the NEWPCC’s impact on Lake Winnipeg.

Winnipeg's north end sewage treatment plant

Two significant decisions were made on Sept. 26 at City Hall related to Winnipeg sewage, the single largest point source of phosphorus contributing to the growth of algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg.

Immediate action on phosphorus reduction rejected

Council rejected a motion to direct Water and Waste staff to immediately test and implement interim phosphorus reduction at the North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC).

This motion was brought forward by Coun. Klein, who requested a suspension of the rules to have the issue brought to council for debate. His motion was defeated by a vote of...

Graphic stating Lake Winnipeg must be on the provincial election agenda

In the lead-up to Manitoba’s election on Sept. 10, we wanted to learn more about how each party plans to address the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg.

We sent the following three questions to each of the four main party’s provincial headquarters:

1. Improving sewage treatment in Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) is the single largest point source of phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg, releasing an average of 600 kilograms of phosphorus every day. This is more than three times the phosphorus limit prescribed in the plant’s provincial operating licence – yet the city...

Graphic stating Lake Winnipeg must be on the provincial election agenda

Manitobans head to the polls on Sept. 10 – and we are encouraging lake-lovers to speak up for the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Contact your provincial candidates and ask them what they will do to protect Lake Winnipeg. Learn more here.

Let's ensure Lake Winnipeg is on the agenda!

Algae bloom on Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba’s election campaign has officially begun – and Lake Winnipeg needs to be on the agenda.

Excess phosphorus is contributing to the growth of potentially harmful algae blooms which are contaminating beaches, reducing water quality, and threatening local industries and communities.

We know what’s at stake. This election, join us in speaking out for Lake Winnipeg and advocating for action.

What we’re doing:

To help Manitoba voters make an informed decision when casting a ballot on Sept. 10, we’ve sent the following three questions to each party’s headquarters. (Click here to read the...

Collage of photos showing algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg

Algae blooms at Connaught Beach and Lester Beach, July 2019; Photos (clockwise from top left): Murray McCaig, Jennifer Engbrecht, Carter Brooks, Laurie Bennett

Update: The city’s request for an extension for NEWPCC upgrades is now under review by the provincial regulator.

Manitoba Sustainable Development’s Environmental Approvals Branch must assess the city’s submission and decide whether or not to grant its request for a two-year extension. (The city has asked for a new deadline of Dec. 31, 2021, to come up with a plan that would include a revised date for a full plant upgrade and potential...

Lake Winnipeg eastern shoreline

Update: Thanks so much to everyone who joined us at this event! We've since been asked to share the advocacy letter templates we had brought with us. Here is the example of a letter you can send to your MLA or to a candidate running in the upcoming provincial election. Here is the example of a letter you can send to your Winnipeg city councillor. Remember: keep it short, personalize your message and ask for a response.

Join us in Grand Marais on July 6 to learn more about the challenges facing Lake Winnipeg and the boreal forest that surrounds it – and what we can do as individuals and...

Blue iris in a wetland

UPDATE: the deadline to provide feedback has been extended to Jan. 26.

Manitoba Sustainable Development is currently seeking public input on a draft regulation governing water drainage that will impact wetlands across Manitoba.

The government’s stated goal is to streamline the approval process for routine drainage/water retention work and provide enhanced wetland protection through a new requirement to compensate for wetland drainage. However, as currently presented, the proposed amendments will not protect wetlands and in fact, are more likely to accelerate their destruction.

Wetlands are...

In advance of Budget 2019, the Manitoba government solicited input on how provincial spending and revenue should be prioritized, and on innovative ways to save money. Our submission highlights the government’s responsibility for the sustainable management of provincial water resources and recommends provincial investment in four key areas.

Protecting Manitoba’s threatened wetlands

Ongoing drainage and damage to Manitoba’s threatened wetlands has increased flood risk and severity, and reduced water quality. Provincial resources must be invested in policies that ensure no net loss of wetland...

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