By David Klassen
A University of Winnipeg geography professor has been granted $10,000 to help improve overall water quality of the Dead Horse Creek.
Dr. Bill Buhay received the funding from the RBC Blue Water Project, which will fund his efforts to improve the creek, which is a tributary of the Red River.
“This grant will help us identify the effects of eutrophication of Dead Horse Creek,” Buhay said. “This process leads to a high concentration of nutrients, such as phosphates and nitrates, that are deposited into the creek. Eutrophication enables the excessive growth of algae which depletes the water of available oxygen. The lack of oxygen in the water causes the death of other important organisms, such as fish, adversely affecting the ecosystem and the environment.”
The grant funds the hiring of third-year geography student Rebbecca Wilks. She will help Buhay conduct the research, which is of significant interest to the citizens of Morden and Winkler, Manitoba.