Communities across the watershed are working together to make a
difference for Lake Winnipeg
WINNIPEG, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Glover today announced nearly $1
million in funding for 16 new projects funded through the Lake Winnipeg
Basin Stewardship Fund on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council.
These funds and projects are in addition to more than $5 million in
funding for 59 previously announced community stewardship projects that
are helping to restore the health of the lake.
The Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund supports the recently launched
National Conservation Plan (NCP). The NCP will provide a shared and
coherent vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. It
will enable Canadians to conserve and restore lands and waters, and
enhance the connections between citizens and natural spaces.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken significant action to
protect our natural areas. The NCP will build on these action and the
efforts of countless Canadians who are working to conserve and protect
our rich natural heritage in order to contribute to Canada's long-term
The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is part of the Lake Winnipeg Basin
Launched in 2007, the LWBI has provided $36 million in funding towards
the health of Lake Winnipeg.
Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund recipients include communities,
conservation districts, non-profit organizations, and academic
Types of funded projects include wetland restoration, innovative
wastewater treatment, new agricultural practices, and cutting-edge
"I am honoured to be able to highlight the work of these communities and
organizations who are working together across Lake Winnipeg's vast
watershed to help restore the health of the lake. Like the National
Conservation Plan, these projects make a difference, and help protect
Canada's rich natural heritage from coast to coast to coast. Together
we can all create a healthier future for Lake."
- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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