Water Awareness Day Targeting Key Concerns

Water Awareness Day Targeting Key Concerns

Lake Winnipeg
Beach and dock along shores of Lake Winnipeg (FILE)

The topic of water will be heavily discussed Saturday at the first Water Awareness Day in the Village of Dunnottar.

The day-long discussion will include presentations, movies and activities on water preservation and environmental practices relating to the resource.

“We all have concerns with the state of the environment and the quality and availability of water around the globe,” said Rick Gamble, mayor of the Village of Dunnottar. “Safe drinking water, water for agricultural producers and clean water for recreation are becoming increasingly difficult to secure.”

The event comes as Lake Winnipeg faces immediate problems, such as blue-green algal blooms that cover large areas of the lake in the late summer and fall caused by increased levels of phosphorus.

Maude Barlow, activist, author and the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will be the keynote speaker.

Water Awareness Day runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Matlock Recreation Centre. Dunnottar is located about 70 km north of Winnipeg.