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Feds commit another $1M to Lake Winnipeg

Blue-green algae washes onto a Lake Winnipeg beach in a 2010 file photo.

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Blue-green algae washes onto a Lake Winnipeg beach in a 2010 file photo.

Manitoba's senior MP Shelly Glover today committed nearly $1 million in federal funding to be used in 16 projects aimed at cleaning up Lake Winnipeg.

Glover said the funding is in addition to almost $5 million previously earmarked by Ottawa for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund and 59 projects already being conducted.

The majority of the conservation projects, scattered around the province, are aimed at reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the lake, and the growth of blue-green algae.

 

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It seems to me the eutrophication problems now plaguing Lake Winnipeg waters all began, as Minister Steve Ashton indirectly suggests, more than 40 years ago when something unnatural was allowed to happen to this Lake.
That something was construction of the Jenn-Peg Dam and the Hecla Island Causeway, which have obstructed the Lake's natural water outflow regime.As long as four decades ago, scientists, Eve Pip, David Schindler and John Vallentyne openly expressed their concerns about what they could visualize taking place.
Nobody paid attention. It would never happen. But it has happened! Now, Lake Winnipeg has won the"Threatened Lake of the Year Award", a testament to bad, short sighted and ill-informed decisions taken by people over the years.
In the final analysis, Lake Winnipeg needs positive action now! But such action is a long way off, since the signed accords that deal solely with inflow are only now being put into place, and the year 2020 means at least 6 more years of waiting.

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