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Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

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Beach and dock along shores of Lake Winnipeg (FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure is reporting a strong wind-effect warning for the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg and south Lake Manitoba areas Friday afternoon and Saturday.

“Wind speed and direction could raise levels by as much as three to five feet with the highest setup occurring as a result of the strongest winds,” the centre said in a release. “In addition, these winds can result in significant wave action on shorelines.”

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Hydro Plans Power Outage to Eastern Beaches Along Lake Winnipeg

Hydro Plans Power Outage to Eastern Beaches Along Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro’s Victoria Beach station (HANDOUT)

Manitoba Hydro will cut power to customers along the eastern beaches of Lake Winnipeg on May 18.

Prior to the May long weekend, power will be interrupted at 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m., affecting 6,223 customers. Hydro says 4,783 of those accounts are seasonal.

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Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Liberals Would Have Minister Focused on Lake Winnipeg

Rana Bokhari
Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberal Party would assign a minister specifically to tackle Lake Winnipeg issues if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari says her government would amend the Phosphorus Reduction Act to eliminate phosphorus from all soaps including industrial-use soaps and detergents.

“Manitoba has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers in the world and we need to start taking concrete steps to protect them or the next generation will not be able to enjoy them,” Bokhari said.

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NDP Pledge $500,000 to Protect Lake Winnipeg

NDP Pledge $500,000 to Protect Lake Winnipeg

Greg Selinger
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

Manitoba’s NDP government says it will spend $500,000 to help protect Lake Winnipeg.

Party leader Greg Selinger made the announcement at FortWhyte Alive on Tuesday, which also happens to be World Water Day.

Selinger said the funding would be allocated to the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s research at the Experimental Lakes Area, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, and the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium.

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Lake Winnipeg Advocates Hope Political Parties Protect Watershed

Lake Winnipeg Advocates Hope Political Parties Protect Watershed

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

Saving Lake Winnipeg is still an issue on the minds of many Manitobans, including the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Before voters head to the polls on April 19, the CPAWS would like to see all political parties running in the provincial election develop concrete plans and timelines for the restoration of Lake Winnipeg.

“The boreal forest and its wetlands act as kidneys that greatly reduce the overdose of algae-causing nutrients damaging this beloved water body,” said Ron Thiessen, executive director of the Manitoba chapter of CPAWS.

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Lake Winnipeg Foundation Signs Lake Friendly Accord

Lake Winnipeg Foundation Signs Lake Friendly Accord

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Beach and dock along shores of Lake Winnipeg (FILE)

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation has become the first local non-governmental organization to sign the Lake Friendly Accord.

“Leadership starts at home and we recognize our responsibility to guide the way forward,” said Alexis Kanu, executive director, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. “We are pleased to offer our eight-point Lake Winnipeg Health Plan as our commitment to building solutions.”

The foundation works tirelessly to protect the lake and its associated watershed.

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Wind Alerts Issued for Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba

By Sarah Klein

Lake Winnipeg
Lake Winnipeg

Strong winds have prompted the province to issue wind alerts for Lake Winnipeg and areas of Lake Manitoba.

High north-northwest winds developing Tuesday afternoon and evening will continue into Wednesday, resulting in a severe wind warning for the south basin of Lake Winnipeg and a high wind warning for the south basin of Lake Manitoba.

Lake Manitoba is currently at 813.64 feet while the south basin of Lake Winnipeg was last measured at 714.8 ft.

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Havixbeck Unveils Environmental Roadmap for Phosphorus Reduction

Paula Havixbeck
Paula Havixbeck (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Paula Havixbeck would cut down on Winnipeg’s phosphorus levels, saying the city is one of the biggest culprits.

As part of her environmental plan, the Charleswood — Tuxedo councillor would see the North End water treatment facility is completed. She says without it, thousands of tonnes of phosphorus continue to be leaked into Lake Winnipeg — about 414 tonnes every year.

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Threat of Zebra Mussels on Lake Winnipeg Remains

By Sarah Klein

Zebra Mussels
Zebra Mussels (CENTRE FOR GREAT LAKES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES)

The province’s fight against stubborn zebra mussels on Lake Winnipeg is continuing.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said on Monday that the invasive species still exists outside of areas the province has previously treated.

“Further monitoring is taking place for the rest of the open water season and I’m strongly urging fishers, boaters, cottagers and other lake users to remain vigilant and report any findings,” Mackintosh said.

Sixty samples have been taken so far, resulting in nine larval zebra mussels being found in three samples taken from the southeast and eastern portion of the South Basin, including east of where the Red River enters the lake, offshore from Grand Marais and in Traverse Bay and north of where Black River enters the lake.

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