Re: “Manitoba Sets Out To Convince U.S., Other Provinces To Sign Accord, Saving Lake Winnipeg (Brandon Sun online, June 6).
I think it is too little and too late.
With a bit more detail, this announcement is a copy of what Premier Selinger announced two years ago as a result of Dr. Peter Leavitt’s, five-year study on Lake Winnipeg. Now the province is hopeful that an accord can be signed by 2020.
Why is the goal of pollution reduction based at 50 per cent, and 50 per cent of what basis?
The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board accomplished a pollution study several years ago, however I am of an opinion that during that time and now, the pollution factors, and base line nutrient load for a basis have increased.
The province has good intentions, but I do not grasp why they have set a percentage goal.
Ten years ago, on Feb. 18, Manitoba’s conservation minister, Steve Ashton, announced a commitment to reduce the contribution of nitrogen and phosphorus to Lake Winnipeg and to restore nutrient conditions to those that existed prior to the 1970s. That was a pledge then. So one has to wonder, what has changed.
By 2020, it will be 50 years and Lake Winnipeg is still waiting for resolutions and needed action.
The solution to the pollution of Lake Winnipeg lies in “dedicated prevention,” and that is what has to be accomplished and initiated immediately, if the lake is to survive.