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Water Stewardship Division

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What Can You Do?

The future health and productivity of Lake Winnipeg, one of Manitoba's most valuable resources, is everyone's responsibility. Excessive concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus are directly associated with the production of nuisance growths of algae that can clog fishing nets and negatively impact fish habitat, recreation, and drinking water quality. Some nuisance growths of algae can also produce toxins.

Since nutrients are contributed from virtually all of our activities in the Lake Winnipeg watershed, there are lots of things that you can do to help reduce nutrient levels and thereby improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg.

Here are some things that you can do to help reduce nutrients in Lake Winnipeg:

  • Leave uncut vegetation at the water's edge and plant native plants and shrubs.
  • Keep shorelines in their natural state.
  • Do not use fertilizers next to water.
  • Use phosphate-free soaps and detergents.
  • Do not use soap or shampoo in the lake.

The Water Protection Handbook was written for cottage associations, river stewardship organizations, conservation districts, environmental organizations, waterfront residents, and other Manitobans who are interested in keeping our water clean. The handbook is a reference book that can be used by you and your family for many years to come.

Kids and Water Quality

The Clean Water Guide outlines practical things we can do in our homes, our yards, at our cottages and when we are camping, to preserve and protect our water. It's up to all of us.

Also, you can buy Lake Friendly cleaning products. Lake Friendly products are Ecologo certified, therefore helping you protect Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.