Community members who attended HBCA’s Nature’s Calling were able to receive updated information about advocacy for the health of Lake Winnipeg from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and concerns about Aquatic Invasive Species from the Provincial Biologist AIS.
Lake Winnipeg Foundation
Alexis Kanu, Executive Director for the Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) shared the importance of continued advocacy from individuals for the health of Lake Winnipeg. Winnipeg’s largest sewage treatment plant, the North End Water Pollution Control Centre, continues be non-compliant with the 1 mg/L phosphorus limit set out in its provincial operating licence. Excess phosphorus negatively impacts the health of Lake Winnipeg. This is the time for concerned citizens to engage the candidates in the upcoming provincial election to ask:
Thank you to Marlo Campbell and Kendi Dyck from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for the 1:1 conversations and advocacy materials that were made available for our community. Note that Lake Winnipeg Foundation will be providing information at East Beaches Thursday, July 27th at 7 p.m.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Candace Parks, Biologist Aquatic Invasive Species, Province of Manitoba, opened our eyes to concerns for Lake Winnipeg’s health that goes beyond zebra mussels. Spiny waterflea is another aquatic invasive species that is in Lake Winnipeg. Candace provided our community with a “view” of the different stages of the zebra mussel and spiny water flea. The impact of these aquatic invasive species is devastating on the ecosystem of the lake. Candace shared there are other AIS not far from our area that pose risk to Lake Winnipeg.
What can we do?
Clean, drain and dry
Please visit https://www.manitoba.ca/stopais/index.html for more information. Take the time to learn and prevent being fined.
In the June newsletter from the Coalition to Save Lake Winnipeg newsletter:
Fresh water in Canada was promised $100 million/year for 10 years in the Liberal Party election platform. A little over six months later, the federal budget delivered only $19.6 million for a single year.
Last month, Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF) released a federal report card on Lake Winnipeg. In our review of the past year’s progress, they assigned a B grade in anticipation of the promised renewal of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program in Budget 2022, as part of a larger federal Freshwater Action Plan. That grade has been swiftly downgraded to an F with yesterday’s federal budget release.
A healthy and sustainable Lake Winnipeg contributes to the social, environmental and economic well-being of all. The coalition acts as an advocate informing stakeholders and coordinating efforts to protect and maintain positive, sustainable practices for Lake Winnipeg.
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