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 prosperity.
- The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is part of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative (LWBI).
- 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 institutions.
- Types of funded projects include wetland restoration, innovative wastewater treatment, new agricultural practices, and cutting-edge scientific research.
"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 Official Languages
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
- Fact Sheet - Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative
- Fact Sheet - Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund
- Cleaning Up Lake Winnipeg
- Environment Canada's Comprehensive Approach to Clean Water
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment