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With just one week until Winnipeg’s election, new polling results show citizens want immediate action taken to improve city sewage treatment.

In a survey conducted by Probe Research*, nearly two-thirds of Manitoba adults (65%) agree that upgrading Winnipeg’s north end sewage treatment plant should be “a very urgent priority.”

The North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) treats approximately 70 per cent of the city’s wastewater. The NEWPCC is currently the fourth largest phosphorus polluter among all wastewater treatment facilities in Canada and the single-largest point source of...

Winnipeg’s aging wastewater infrastructure is putting Lake Winnipeg at risk – which means civic leaders have a responsibility to take action.

Excessive amounts of phosphorus flowing into Lake Winnipeg from a variety of sources are causing potentially toxic algae blooms. Undertreated city sewage is one of these sources. Toilet water ultimately becomes lake water – all that stands between the two is our wastewater treatment system.

Winnipeg’s North End Water Pollution Control Centre (NEWPCC) treats approximately 70 per cent of the city’s wastewater. The NEWPCC is currently the fourth largest...

With Winnipeg’s municipal election slated for October 2018, LWF’s advocacy is focused this year on municipal wastewater treatment. City of Winnipeg sewage treatment plants represent the single largest point source contributor of phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg. To ensure we’re doing our part for Lake Winnipeg, phosphorus reduction through upgrades to these facilities must be a civic priority.

Setting the Standard for Wastewater Treatment is Action 3 of the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan.

Our educational report on Winnipeg’s wastewater woes ("Sewage S.O.S.") was distributed through the Winnipeg Free...

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...

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...

Take action by May 12: Livestock manure regulations

The government of Manitoba is proposing changes to the legislation and regulation that govern Manitoba’s hog industry, laying the groundwork for industry expansion.

A public consultation process is currently underway with respect to proposed amendments to the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation (LMMMR), which dictate where, when and how livestock manure can be used as an agricultural fertilizer.

This is an opportunity for lake-lovers to speak up for the health of local water.

Before undertaking any amendments to the LMMMR and associated legislation, the government of...

On April 11, Manitoba’s government released the 2017 budget, its spending plan for the coming year.

Lake Winnipeg was not specifically mentioned in either Finance Minister Cameron Friesen’s speech or the budget summary.

Water-related spending appears on page 18 of the budget summary, nested under strategic infrastructure. This spending includes a $60 million investment in water-related infrastructure such as flood protection, drainage and other water-control initiatives, and represents a 33 per cent increase from the 2016/17 budget.

Funding for Sustainable Development – the provincial...

On March 22, the government of Canada released its 2017 budget, outlining federal priorities for the coming year. We’ve reviewed the plan to figure out what it means for fresh water and for Lake Winnipeg.

What we know so far:

Investments in freshwater protection generally and Lake Winnipeg specifically are mentioned on P. 125 of Budget 2017, which focused on “addressing the persistent and growing threat of aquatic invasive species and toxic and nuisance algae.”

Proposed funding is being provided to two federal departments:

  • Up to $70.5 million over five years to Environment and Climate Change...

Update: The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to March 31, 2017.

A new Climate and Green Plan is under development and the government is gathering public input through an online survey on energy, land use and conservation measures. Completing this survey takes just a few minutes and is an easy way to impact policy development for Manitoba’s lakes.

Here at LWF, we have spent the past four years working with the provincial government to improve protection of Manitoba’s threatened wetlands though strong regulation and strict enforcement. Specifically, we have been calling for new...

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