Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 24, 2009 11:03 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Interlake Stewardship Project to Clean Up Lake Winnipeg

GIMLI, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - On behalf of Canada`s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, today announced $8,400 in federal funding for an East Interlake Conservation District stewardship project that will help reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen entering Lake Winnipeg.

"The East Interlake Conservation District's project to improve the sustainability of wastewater irrigation in the Interlake is another example of strong community partnerships matched with federal support to help clean up Lake Winnipeg", said Mr. Bezan. The Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative continues to work along numerous fronts to promote long-term sustainability for the Lake and is a model for partnerships in watershed management across the country."

"Many municipal wastewater irrigation projects across Canada, the United States and globally are designed to relieve water demand for food production and to improve landscape aesthetics in arid climates. The primary objective for water reuse in this study is to limit nutrient loading (along with other contaminants) to surface water pathways that directly lead to Lake Winnipeg," said Mr. Darren Keam, industry partner with the East Interlake Conservation District.

The East Interlake Conservation District's project will study wastewater irrigation as an alternative to depositing wastewater in waterways leading to Lake Winnipeg, helping to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous loading into Lake Winnipeg. Other projects supported through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative's second round included a University of Winnipeg project to determine points of nutrient deposits along waterways near Morden, Manitoba and the Cornerstone Agri-Environmental Group Plan Committee's project to provide education on practices that will reduce agricultural inputs of phosphorous and nitrogen and improve water quality in Moose Mountain, Saskatchewan.

"These projects are examples of ongoing important federal contributions toward improving the health of the Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Funding for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative is part of the $18 million committed by the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water. Previous funding of
$1.1 million for 14 Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative stewardship projects was announced in June 2009" said Minister Prentice.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring all Canadians have access to clean, safe and healthy water, a reliable and secure supply of water, and that our water resources are used wisely, both economically and ecologically.

Letters of intent for the next round of stewardship projects to be funded under the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative will be accepted until October 1, 2009. For more information on project criteria and application process, please visit:

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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations