Archive for Water Quality

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.

Winnipeg entrepreneur’s laundry aid cleans ‘like a thunderstorm’

March 8, Metro News:

Either a thunderstorm-harnessing hero wants to save the planet, or a Winnipeg entrepreneur is doing his best to reduce the environmental impact of laundry—both statements are true, to some extent, of Kevin Shale.

He was working as an appliance repair technician not long ago when he realized there was no solution to washing machine issues associated with detergent build-up.

The conventional method of using oil-based soaps, and even the eco-friendly soaps, he explained, can lead to “mould build-up and a whole rash of other mechanical issues.”

When he dug a little deeper he also learned the chemicals wreaking havoc on washing machines also has a scary environmental impact. Read more.

Growing calls to fix First Nations water crisis

February 9, CTV News:

Members of David Suzuki Foundation, Council of Canadians and Amnesty International release a report on the First Nations water crisis. Watch the press release.