Category Archives: Lake Winnipeg

City weighing options on how to deal with sewer overflow problem

Aug. 5, Winnipeg Sun:

Combined sewer overflows dumped another 9.2 billion litres of diluted sewage into Winnipeg rivers last year.

And those lobbying to clean up the endangered Lake Winnipeg say action to stop those spills must happen now.

“It’s very, very concerning because every time there is a combined sewer overflow that means more phosphorous and nitrogen getting into the river and up into Lake Winnipeg. The phosphorous can get deposited in the sediments of the lake and be available in future years,” said Vicki Burns, director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project. “So, the longer we wait to correct this problem, the harder it’s going to be to fix it.” Read more.

Warnings issued for beaches around Manitoba

July 28, CTV News:

The province sent out a warning Thursday evening about algae and elevated levels of E. coli at some Manitoba beaches.

A water sample taken at West Grand Beach showed levels of E. coli in the water exceeded provincial guidelines.

Algae advisories have also been posted for the Rivers Reservoir, Killarney Lake, and Pelican Lake near Ninette and Pleasant Valley.

Beachgoers are advised to avoid contact with green algae, swallowing lake water, swimming with an open cut or wound, and eating fish from the lake that appear unhealthy. Read more.

10 years of fighting pollution, but algae blooms still threaten Lake Winnipeg

July 24, Metro News:

Advocates will “Walk for Water” this weekend to fight the same Lake Winnipeg pollution fight over the past 10 years—except now the solution is more complicated.

On Monday, days before the walk, the federal government announced a $25.7-million investment into the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program with the aim of reducing nutrient pollution, protecting freshwater quality and collaborating with Indigenous peoples, according to a news release.

“Ten years ago, it was the concern over algae blooms that spurred the original founders of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation,” said Alexis Kanu, the foundation’s executive director, adding any funds they receive would go towards addressing that same concern.

On Sunday, when people gather in Matlock, Manitoba for a five-kilometre walk to raise awareness about lake preservation, they might see some of the slimy substance causing all the trouble.

Blue-green algae is caused by runoff from farmer’s fields and city streets that drains into Lake Winnipeg, overloading the water with nutrients, said Kanu.

The more recent factors of climate change and zebra mussels, an invasive species first found in Lake Winnipeg in 2013, complicate matters further. Read more.

Liberals commit $25.7M for Lake Winnipeg restoration

July 24, Winnipeg Sun:

The federal government is upping the ante in hopes that the world’s 10th largest freshwater lake can be saved from the dire challenges it faces.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced an increase in funding for Lake Manitoba on Monday at a press conference at FortWhyte Alive. The Liberals have pledged $25.7 million in funding over five years to help restoration and protection efforts for Lake Winnipeg and its basin.

“We’re providing stable, long-term funding so we can work with the partners, work very closely with the government of Manitoba, with the Indigenous communities and local stakeholders,” McKenna said. “We’re very focused on outcomes. I think we now need to make sure we are measuring outcomes based on science and incorporating traditional knowledge.” Read more.