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Announcements Related to the Lake Winnipeg Basin

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Minister Glover announces nearly $1 million for Lake Winnipeg clean-up

WINNIPEG, Man. - May 23, 2014 - Minister Glover today announced nearly $1 million in funding for 16 new projects funded through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council.

These funds and projects are in addition to more than $5 million in funding for 59 previously announced community stewardship projects that are helping to restore the health of the lake.

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News Release: Minister Glover announces nearly $1 million for Lake Winnipeg clean-up


Lake Friendly Accord Officially Signed by Federal and Provincial Governments, South Basin Mayors and Reeves

WINNIPEG, Man. - March 21, 2014 – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, and Mayor Rick Gamble, Chair of the South Basin Mayors and Reeves, announced today that the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves have officially become the first signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord.

The Manitoba government and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves first partnered in June 2013 to announce the Lake Friendly Accord and establish the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance. The goal is to co-ordinate efforts and promote leadership to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen loading and protect water quality. Since then, about 75 other stakeholders from across Manitoba have joined the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance.

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News Release: Lake Friendly Accord Officially Signed by Federal and Provincial Governments, South Basin Mayors and Reeves


Taking Action for a Healthier Lake Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Man. -- February 19, 2014 -- Members of Parliament James Bezan and Joyce Bateman, joined by Senator Janis Johnson and Member of Parliament Joy Smith, were in Winnipeg today to reaffirm the Government of Canada’s commitment and actions in support of Lake Winnipeg on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council.

Today’s announcement highlighted more than $5 million in previous funding for 59 community stewardship projects that have helped to restore the health of the lake.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI), which supports community stewardship projects, scientific research and monitoring, and transboundary management efforts to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg.

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News Release: Taking Action for a Healthier Lake Winnipeg

MPs and stakeholders meet in Winnipeg to reaffirm the Government of Canada's commitment and actions in support of Lake Winnipeg.

Photos: © Environment Canada, 2014

Front Row (L to R): Linda Miller (West Interlake Watershed Conservation District), unknown, Christine Hutlet (Red River Basin Commission), Jodi Goerzen (Seine-Rat River Conservation District), Richard Grosshans (International Institute for Sustainable Development), MP Joyce Bateman, MP Joy Smith, Senator JoAnne Buth, David Prystupa (Spectrum Scientific), Dimple Roy (IISD), Armand Belanger (East Interlake Conservation District).

Back Row (L to R): Teresa Walker (Lower Souris Watershed Committee), Jim Buys (Town of Niverville), Justin Reid (LaSalle Redboine Conservation District), Kaylee Mestdagh (Red River Basin Commission), Alexi Kanu (Lake Winnipeg Foundation), Bob Grant (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Cornie Goerzen (Seine-Rat River Conservation District), Mayor Greg Short (Town of Lac du Bonnet), MP James Bezan, Senator Janis Johnson, Hank Venema (IISD), Mark hanson (University of Manitoba).


Government of Canada Supports Water Quality Education Project in Kenora, Ontario

KENORA, Ont. -- August 26, 2013 -- The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, today announced $24,636 in support to the Lake of the Wood Development Commission from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund. This will be used for a new environmental water quality education project in Kenora, Ontario.

“Educating the public about how we can all make a difference to improve water quality in our communities plays an important role in our efforts to clean up Lake Winnipeg,” said Minister Rickford. “Local community efforts really do make a difference for the watershed as a whole.

“This funding is part of the $18 million, five-year Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative, which promotes the lake’s long-term sustainability and reduces nutrient levels that lead to harmful algae blooms,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Using Environment Canada’s scientific and water quality monitoring expertise, in collaboration with the Province of Manitoba and our federal partners, we are implementing a world-class scientific monitoring program for Lake Winnipeg.”

Environment Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund supports community stewardship actions that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and measurably reduce nutrient loading that creates algal blooms.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund is part of Environment Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI), which was renewed in 2012 to continue federal efforts to help clean up Lake Winnipeg. Over the first (2007-2012) and second phases (2012-2017) of the LWBI, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $36 million in community stewardship projects, scientific research and monitoring and transboundary management efforts to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg.


Funding Announced for Environmental Water Quality Project in Niverville

NIVERVILLE, Man. -- June 24, 2013 -- MP Vic Toews has announced $159,330 in funding from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund for a new environmental water quality project in Niverville, Manitoba. This announcement was made on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent.

The Government of Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund supports community stewardship actions that improve water quality and measurably reduce nutrient loading that creates algal blooms.

“Improving water quality and reducing nutrient loading at the community level contributes to the efforts our government is taking to clean up Lake Winnipeg,” said Minister Toews. “We are proud to support exciting new environmental initiatives such as this project in Niverville.”

“We’re entering a new reality where people realize that the environment and the economics don’t need to be in conflict,” said Niverville Mayor Greg Fehr. “If you can find ways to protect the environment and save money, it’s just good business. I believe that this project will become a lasting legacy.”

With the funding provided, the Town of Niverville will carry out a multi-year project that will investigate the feasibility of remediating biosolids (sludge) in the decommissioned wastewater lagoon through in situ treatment using phyto- and bio-remediation methods, under both aerobic (native grasslands) and anerobic (wetland plants) processes. A positive outcome from this project will have broad applications for other municipal governments across Manitoba and Canada.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund is part of Environment Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI), which was renewed in 2012 to continue federal efforts to help clean up Lake Winnipeg. Over the first (2007-2012) and second phases (2012-2017) of the LWBI, the Government of Canada has invested a total of $36 million in community stewardship projects, scientific research and monitoring, and transboundary management efforts to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg.

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Government of Canada Investing in Community Action to Preserve local Wetlands and Grasslands in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Man. -- June 14, 2013 -- The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced over $2.2 million in funding from the Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund for three new environmental projects in Manitoba.

 “Conserving our wetlands and prairies is of vital importance to biodiversity here in Manitoba,” said Minister Toews. “This investment in our natural environment supports the strong connection that all prairie communities have in ensuring the health of our lakes and wetlands and the long-term sustainability of our grasslands and natural environment.”

“These projects are another example of how our government is working with partners across the continent that are committed to protecting Canada’s rich biodiversity for future generations,” said Minister Kent. “The Government of Canada is proud to support the environmental efforts of local communities through community programs such as these.”

The HSP for Species at Risk Program contributes to the recovery and protection of species under the Species at Risk Act listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.. Environment Canada administers the program which is managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.

Environment Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund supports community stewardship actions that improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and measurably reduce nutrient loading that creates algal blooms.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is an international action plan to conserve migratory birds throughout North America. The plan returns waterfowl populations to their 1970s levels by conserving wetland and upland habitat.


PM Announces Launch of Phase II of Lake Winnipeg Clean Up

GIMLI, Man. -- August 2, 2012 -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Government of Canada support for the second phase of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI) which will focus on improving water quality for people living in the region as well as for fish and wildlife in and surrounding Lake Winnipeg.

“Lake Winnipeg is a significant driver of the region’s economy that must be protected,” said the Prime Minister. “This continued support will ensure that there is clean water for Manitoba residents and visitors to the region for years to come.”

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative aims to restore the ecological health of Lake Winnipeg, reduce pollution from sources such as agriculture, industry and wastewater, and improve water quality for fisheries and recreation. The Lake Winnipeg ecosystem significantly supports freshwater fishery, and the recreation and tourism industry. The Lake Winnipeg ecosystem supports an annual freshwater fishery of $50 million and a $110 million recreation and tourism industry.

Phase II (2012-2017) of the LWBI will build on the work of Phase I (2008-2012) to help transboundary partners understand water quality issues facing Lake Winnipeg and provide scientific research, monitoring and support for community stewardship initiatives to improve the lake’s water quality. It will also provide support for local solutions to reduce nutrient and pollution levels. Science efforts will emphasize water and land-based research in key geographic areas, and increased emphasis will be placed on work with other governments within the watershed.

Government of Canada support for this project is provided through the Action Plan for Clean Water and fulfills an Economic Action Plan 2012 commitment to pursue water quality and ecosystem health improvements in lakes and bodies of water. Other initiatives under the Plan include the clean-up of contaminated sediment in areas of concern in the Great Lakes Basin and the clean-up of Lake Simcoe.

More information can be found on the Prime Minister of Canada's Official Website. http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/node/21972

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Government of Canada support for the second phase of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative.

Photos: © Environment Canada, 2012


Government of Canada Hosts Public Information Session on Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative

GIMLI, Man. -- November 5, 2010 -- James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk--Interlake, on behalf of the Government of Canada, hosted a public information session today to share information on the activities and progress being made to clean up Lake Winnipeg through the Government of Canada’s four-year Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative.

In today’s public information session, the general public and media were invited to hear presentations and meet face-to-face with the scientists, community project leaders and government program officials who are leading federal efforts to address some of the key problems facing the lake. Foremost among these problems is an overabundance of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which contribute to increasing blue-green algae blooms.

“It is encouraging to hear about the activities and progress by scientists, community project leaders and government partners who are working together to help clean up Lake Winnipeg,” said MP Bezan. “We look forward to continued progress over the next two years of this Initiative.”

The work that is underway through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative and its many partners demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to ensuring clean water for all Canadians. The monitoring, research and clean-up activities that are occurring across Lake Winnipeg and its basin provide the foundation for decision-makers to ensure the long-term sustainability of this precious freshwater resource.

The Government of Canada has a strong, comprehensive approach to ensure clean water for all Canadians, and has taken concrete and measurable actions to implement it over the past few years. This includes investments in monitoring, research and clean‑up of problem areas, as well as building partnerships to protect our fresh water.

Through the $17.7 million Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative, Environment Canada and partners have been working for the past few years to clean up Lake Winnipeg and its basin. Now at its half-way point, significant progress has already been made in the initiative’s science program, governance efforts and community stewardship projects.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water, which includes other projects such as the clean-up of contaminated sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, and the clean up of Lake Simcoe.


Canada and Manitoba Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Cleaning Up Lake Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Man. -- September 13, 2010 -- Minister Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, and Manitoba’s Minister of Water Stewardship, Christine Melnick, today signed a Canada-Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Lake Winnipeg and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

"As a Manitoban, I'm very proud to be part of today's announcement of a renewed commitment to work with the Province of Manitoba on the management of Lake Winnipeg. Our governments have been working diligently to address the environmental challenges affecting the lake. Across the entire watershed, we are working with governments and community groups to reduce our impact on the lake's health. Today is a great step forward in taking concrete action to help clean up Lake Winnipeg," said Minister Toews.

The signing of the agreement will provide the foundation for a long-term, collaborative and coordinated approach between the two governments to ensure the sustainability and health of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that the management of important water resources such as Lake Winnipeg is a shared responsibility,” said Minister Prentice. “We will carry on our work with Manitoba to ensure that the clean up of Lake Winnipeg will continue to be based on sound science, good governance and concrete action towards our shared objectives.

“Restoring the health of Lake Winnipeg, its contributing watershed, and its downstream environment is a collective responsibility of everyone living in the lake’s huge interprovincial and international watershed, covering parts of four provinces and four states in two countries. I am very pleased to join with the Government of Canada on this memorandum of understanding. The collective commitments of our respective governments will safeguard the environment for today, tomorrow, and into the future”, said Minister Melnick.

Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world and Canada’s 6th Great Lake. Water quality in the lake has deteriorated due to excessive nutrients that have caused eutrophication and the development of large algal blooms.

Through Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg Action Plan and Environment Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative, significant investments have been targeted at reducing nutrient loading to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba are committed to ensuring access to clean, reliable and secure water supplies and to working collectively to improve and protect the health of our waterways for current and future generations.

Minister Vic Toews signs the Canada-Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Lake Winnipeg and the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

Photos: © Environment Canada, 2010


Government of Canada Announces over $875,000 for Twenty New Projects to Clean Up Lake Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, Man. -- September 13, 2010 -- Minister Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher on behalf of the Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, announced $875,479 in federal funding today for twenty new community projects supported under the third and fourth rounds of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund.

"Today's announcement shows the Government of Canada's continued investment in grassroots community projects and academic research that are making a difference for the long-term health and sustainability of Lake Winnipeg," said Minister Toews.

"Environment Canada has a strong, comprehensive, approach to ensure clean water for all Canadians and the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative’s Stewardship Fund is an important part of that plan," said Environment Minister Jim Prentice. "It is a great example of how the Government of Canada continues to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels to take concrete and measurable actions in improving water quality for Canadians."

Initiatives supported by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund are high-impact projects that provide solutions for reducing nutrient loads and improving the overall ecological sustainability of the lake and its watershed. In previous rounds of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund, the Government of Canada has invested $1.2 million to support community and government projects that are reducing the amount of phosphorus and other harmful substances from entering the lake, restoring urban and rural streams and riverbanks, and educating the public on how to help clean up Lake Winnipeg.

Environment Canada has also invested an additional $12 million through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative in a comprehensive research, monitoring and information program within the Lake Winnipeg watershed, to provide the information needed to help clean up the lake.

This investment to clean up Lake Winnipeg is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water, which includes other projects such as, the clean-up of contaminated sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, and the clean up of Lake Simcoe.


Environment Canada Provides $480,000 in Support for Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (March 2010)

Environment Canada contributed $480,000 to support continued research and education efforts through the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium's research vessel, the MV Namao. In addition to this financial support, Environment Canada has also provided the research vessel with a new control room and lab on its upper deck. Federal and provincial scientists working together to help clean up Lake Winnipeg rely upon the MV Namao for conducting field research on Lake Winnipeg. The Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC) is a major facilitator of research and education on Lake Winnipeg. The LWRC's MV Namao research vessel is the only research and education platform operating on the lake. For more information on the activities and research conducted through the LWRC, read their latest progress report.

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