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Premier finds Lake Winnipeg supporters in Minnesota

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PREMIER Greg Selinger says there is considerable interest south of the border in collaborating with Manitoba to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Selinger spent a whirlwind day Thursday in the Twin Cities, where he delivered the keynote address at a water-quality conference at the University of Minnesota, attended by legislators, administrators, scientists and citizen group activists.

The symposium, titled Shared Waters, Shared Responsibility, was sponsored by the Canadian consulate. About 80 people attended.

Manitoba has been pushing for the development of a comprehensive nutrient-management strategy for the entire Red River Basin -- one in which all jurisdictions are measuring and managing the nutrients that enter the water system to prevent algal blooms that are being created on Lake Winnipeg.

Selinger said he was pleased with the tone of the meeting.

"There's just a great willingness on the part of everybody to keep working on this and improve our ability to manage water and water quality and water quantity in the Red River Basin area," he said.

The premier met with companies working in the areas of water quality and composites manufacturing who are interested in doing business in Manitoba. He also visited a community policing operation staffed by officers from the Twin Cities' Somalian community.

"We've got a great interest and commitment to doing more community policing in Winnipeg. These folks had a lot of experience to share on how they've gotten results," he said.

-- Larry Kusch

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2012 A8

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