Archive for Lake Winnipeg

World Water Day 2017: $21,000 in Funding for Local Water Projects

On March 22 – World Water Day – LWF staff and supporters gathered at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg to celebrate our shared waters and announce $21,000 in funding for four Manitoba-based projects.

“Across our vast watershed, researchers, educators and innovators are hard at work on solutions for Lake Winnipeg,” says Alexis Kanu, LWF’s executive director. “We’re proud to be able to invest in those solutions – and what better way to celebrate World Water Day 2017 than to celebrate the passionate people behind this vital work?”

LWF’s grants program supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Priority is given to those that address one or more of the eight actions to reduce phosphorus loading outlined in our flagship initiative, the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan. Successful recipients were selected by LWF’s board of directors as part of an annual submission process which sees projects from across the province and beyond apply for financial assistance ranging from $500 to $10,000. Read more about the announcement and grant recipients.

Pallister government lifts restrictions on hog barns

March 16, CTV News:

A decade ago pig producers were stopped in their tracks.

The former NDP government banned the expansion of hog barns. Now that moratorium, in its’ entirety, is set to be overturned.

As part of a proposed law aimed at cutting red tape and regulation, the Pallister government is lifting the restrictions on hog barns.

Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said the legislation will help businesses like producers save time and money.

“They’re spending too much of their time with unnecessary regulation or excessive regulation instead of doing the good work they want to do to,” Friesen said. Read more.

Manitoba Launches “Spot the Stripes and Stop the Spread”

March 7, My Toba:

The Manitoba government has launched a public awareness campaign, called ‘Spot the Stripes and Stop the Spread’, to encourage water-users to help in the battle against zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS), Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox announced this week.

“Taking an active role in preventing the spread of AIS is the focus of a new awareness campaign that will be asking Manitobans to spot the stripes and stop the spread,” Cox said.  “We know that all Manitobans who enjoy activities on the water want to play their part, so we’re calling on them to help us raise awareness and change behaviours.  Zebra mussels are here to stay in Manitoba and we must all do our part to prevent further spread.” Read more. 

The phosphorus conundrum: low soil levels meet Lake Winnipeg pressures

March 6, Manitoba Co-operator:

Manitoba is in a difficult position of simultaneously having too much phosphorus and not enough.

Manitoba Agriculture crop nutrition specialist John Heard highlighted this contradiction recently during a recent presentation at a nutrient stewardship workshop, noting phosphorus buildup in the Lake Winnipeg watershed has been a source of long-standing tension between regulators and agriculture.

A significant portion of land in Manitoba reports as phosphorus deficient. Read more.