Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 24, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Morden-Area Project to Help Clean Up Lake Winnipeg and Its Watershed

MORDEN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - On behalf of Canada`s Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, today announced more than $109,000 in federal funding to support the Morden Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal (CLEANER) project, an initiative that will ultimately contribute to cleaning up Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

"This funding, provided by the Government of Canada's Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative, will assist in developing products and practices that will promote long-term sustainability for Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Projects such as this provide a model for partnerships in watershed management across the country" said MP Hoeppner.

"Through the combination of science, community action and environmental education, the Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal (CLEANER ) project will help reduce or even eliminate excess nutrients, entering and leaving Dead Horse Creek," said Dr. William Buhay, the project's principal investigator with the University of Winnipeg. "We anticipate that the CLEANER reduction model will ultimately benefit other communities in Manitoba and the U.S. as we all work together to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg."

The CLEANER project, led by the University of Winnipeg, is a water sampling study that will determine entry points of nutrient deposits, such as nitrogen and phosphorous, along waterways near Morden, Manitoba. Other projects approved in this second round of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative's stewardship fund include the East Interlake Conservation District's study of wastewater irrigation as an alternative to depositing wastewater in waterways leading to Lake Winnipeg, and the Cornerstone Agri-Environmental Group Plan Committee's project to create awareness of practices that will reduce agricultural inputs of phosphorous and nitrogen and improve water quality.

"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 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 the application process, please visit:

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