For years, as evidence mounted about the rising dangers of eutrophication in the waters of Lake Winnipeg, the former Conservative and present NDP government held their fingers in their years.
Then, in October 2009, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers had this to say: “When we entered office, we recognized that decades of poor planning, abuse and neglect of our lakes, rivers and wetlands had to stop.”
On June 2, 2011, Premier Greg Selinger presented his plan to save Lake Winnipeg. In that plan, there was to be an International Summit that would bring together the stakeholders and levels of government throughout the Winnipeg watershed to co-ordinate phosphorus reduction to the Lake Winnipeg waters.
And that is why I have to ask, what happened? Isn’t this the same government that said all those encouraging statements to make things better to save Lake Winnipeg.
Objections to the sewage lagoon by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and local residents were dismissed. They were put aside, ignoring the advice of a 2010 evaluation report the government paid for. It’s little wonder the people are upset and it’s hitting the fan over sewage.
Although the lagoon has been OK’d by the government, in my view Lake Winnipeg has been KO’d, once again.