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Progressive Conservatives Aim to Clean Up Lake Winnipeg

September 22, 2011 3:20 PM | News

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Contrary to the political attack ads, Hugh McFadyen says he will actually clean up Lake Winnipeg.

The Progressive Conservative Party leader said Thursday his government would reduce phosphorus flows into the lake from Manitoba sources by 20% from current levels by 2020.

The PCs would also fund local water retention strategies at $5 million per year through Manitoba’s Conservation Districts, work with the City of Winnipeg to upgrade its wastewater sewage system to remove phosphorus, create a Lake Winnipeg Watershed Roundtable and a Watershed Centre of Excellence.

“Greg Selinger and the NDP have turned the promise to clean up Lake Winnipeg into a groundhog day-style annual event, “McFadyen said. “We think a better approach is to listen to scientists, work together to attack the main problem they have identified — phosphorus — and get started.”