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On February 18, 2003, an action plan was announced to help protect Lake Winnipeg. The Action Plan is a commitment to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg to pre-1970s levels. The Lake Winnipeg Action Plan was developed in part from scientific research conducted through the Nutrient Management Strategy and will be updated as studies continue. The Lake Winnipeg Action Plan recognizes that nutrients are contributed by most activities occurring within the drainage basin and that reductions will need to occur across all sectors.
Action under the six-point plan includes:
Licensing of the City of Winnipeg, and other facilities, under the Environment Act is underway and will include nutrient management requirements.
The Province of Manitoba introduced the new Water Protection Act to better protect the health of Lake Winnipeg and all Manitoba waterways.