World Water Day 2017 – LWF funds $21,000 in local water projects, including UM Manitoba Great Lakes Project

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.

Researchers at the University of Manitoba are studying water quality in Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake Waterhen, combining satellite imagery with surface-water sampling and analysis to learn more about how nutrients may be contributing to algae blooms.

“Since the 1970s, only two studies for water quality have been conducted on Lake Manitoba, which is the 16th largest freshwater lake in the world, and none have been conducted on Lakes Winnipegosis or Waterhen,” says Claire Herbert from the University of Manitoba. “With very little water-quality data about these lakes, we lack vital information about how changing climate conditions may be impacting algal bloom presence around communities who depend on these bodies of water for food and water. The funding from LWF will allow us to better engage these groups and provide them with tools to monitor for themselves.”

Successful 2016 grant recipients are:

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) – Manitoba Chapter ($5,000) for its project: “Conserving the Boreal Forest for the Health of Lake Winnipeg”
FortWhyte Alive ($5,000) for its project: “Winnipeg’s Lake Winnipeg: Aquatic Education, Monitoring and Restoration towards Conservation”
The Town of Niverville ($5,000) for its project: “Niverville Lagoon Bioremediation Project”
University of Manitoba ($6,000) for its project: “Near real-time assessment of algal blooms and nutrients in the Lake Winnipeg Basin’s other Great Lakes”

Read the full article on the LWF Website.


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