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Dealing with Weeds: Workshop and Volunteer Opportunity

Date: June 23, 2017 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Location: 215 St Anne’s Rd, Winnipeg All are welcome to attend the upcoming educational volunteering event

Protection of other lakes key as zebra mussels clog Lake Winnipeg: province

June 6, CBC News: Freshwater experts are calling for vigilance after clumps of zebra mussels washed up on the shores of Lake Winnipeg this spring. The

Controversy over hog manure continues

June 15, The Western Producer: During the early 2000s, the effect of manure from hog barns on Lake Winnipeg was a huge story in Manitoba.

Province creates new parks on Lake Winnipegosis, but leaves out island with mining potential

June 15, CBC News: The province has extended protections to a network of islands on Lake Winnipegosis that local First Nations have worried could be

Seine River Sweep cleans up Winnipeg’s waterways

Canoeists traversed the Seine River and Red River in Winnipeg Sunday, but instead of simply basking in the natural landscape, they were searching for trash to

Protection of other lakes key as zebra mussels clog Lake Winnipeg: province

June 6, CBC News:

Freshwater experts are calling for vigilance after clumps of zebra mussels washed up on the shores of Lake Winnipeg this spring.

The invasive species from Europe was first identified in the large body of water in 2013.

Over the past four seasons, scientists have watched the small freshwater mussel proliferate in the lake.

This May, beachgoers at Grand Beach spotted clumps of the mussels washing up on the shoreline.

“This is now the new reality for Lake Winnipeg and for Grand Beach,” said Candace Parks, aquatic invasive species specialist for Manitoba Sustainable Development.

“The lake is being invaded.” Read more.

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.

Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach: Guidance for Application

Canadian Council for Minsters of the Environment has posted Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach: Guidance for Application.

The document is intended to assist users to successfully apply the Groundwater Sustainability Assessment Approach (GSAA) developed by CCME. The document provides a balance of high-level guidance and practical how-to advice, highlighting issues and actions jurisdictions should take into account in implementation of the approach. The guidance is comprehensive in scope with specific explanations on the GSAA, definitions and principles.

Please click on the following link for details: http://www.ccme.ca/en/resources/water/groundwater.html

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.