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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.

Update: We reached out via email to Canada’s four main federal parties, asking them if they agree to these three commitments. (Note, we did not share the additional context provided here but we did share the links.)

  • The Conservative Party of Canada did not send us a response.
  • The Green Party of Canada sent us this response.
  • The Liberal Party of Canada sent us this response.
  • The New Democratic Party of Canada sent us this response.

Water connects us all. It is essential to life on our shared planet. It flows across our shared landscape – and its health is our shared responsibility.

Canada’s...

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!

Cycling for Solutions V promotional image

Cycling for Solutions returns for its fifth year in support of citizen science!

On Aug. 30, a group of amateur cyclists will once again embark on an ambitious, three-day, 500 km self-supported road trip from Winnipeg, Man. to IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) - a world-class freshwater research facility in northwestern Ontario. Continuing what has become an annual tradition, riders are paying their own expenses while accepting financial pledges for their efforts. All funds raised will be donated to LWF to support the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network (LWCBMN).

Since the...

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 photo with kayak

We’re excited to be taking part in a not-to-be-missed event!

Alex Martin is a 19-year-old kayaker, local to Victoria Beach. Last summer, Alex paddled solo around the entire shoreline of Lake Winnipeg to raise awareness for water stewardship.

Presented by the Victoria Beach Walk for Water Committee, this evening event is your opportunity to hear from Alex about his adventure, enjoy his photo presentation captured from the remote coastlines of Lake Winnipeg, and learn how this experience has shaped his view of this important lake.

When: Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where...

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...

Save the Lake Fish Fry text with picture of Gimli Harbour

Join us in Gimli on Sunday, June 30, for the Save the Lake Fish Fry!

Organized by the Gimli Yacht Club and the Kiwanis Club of Gimli & District, this family-friendly fundraising event features education, fun and food – all in support of a healthy Lake Winnipeg.

When: June 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Outside* the Gimli Yacht Club (Gimli Harbour; 95 1st Ave)

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC).

Activities include:

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