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Massive plan to save Lake Winnipeg and protect wetlands


The Manitoba government is bringing in the toughest wetland protection in Canad with a $320-million five-year plan designed to save Lake Winnepeg by reducing the blue-green algae poisoning the water. The Surface Water Management Strategy, announced on June 11th, aims to do this by dealing with drainage issues, wetlands management and improved flood protection.

A group that lobbies for conserving wetlands is thrilled as the plan has identified the importance of wetlands around Lake Winnipeg to act as a filter, soaking up nutrients that pollute the lake and cause algae blooms.

Ducks Unlimited has had a consulting role with the government during the creation of the plan, which includes new regulations to protect wetlands, including a quarter of a million seasonal wetlands.