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A dead seagull is seen next to a pile of garbage near Beaconia Beach.

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A dead seagull is seen next to a pile of garbage near Beaconia Beach.

I read the article Lake Winnipeg cleanup plan bolstered (June 12) with particular interest. As a cottage owner near the lake for over 30 years, I have witnessed first-hand the disturbing downturn in the lake’s health.

A few days after the article was published, my husband and I were out for a walk to Beaconia Beach. As we neared the beach, we came upon a huge pile of garbage in the parking lot, with several dead seagulls nearby. It was a very disturbing sight; the birds obviously died a painful and perhaps prolonged death eating something toxic in the garbage.

I have called natural resources officials as well as the RM of St. Clements — ultimately very little ever gets done. There’s no garbage pickup at Beaconia Beach, and some people find it acceptable to leave piles of litter lying around this once-pristine area. This could potentially attract bears and other wildlife, endangering their lives or the lives of others.

As the ultimate protectors of the lake and the surrounding wetlands, we have done a poor job — one reason Lake Winnipeg has been called the most endangered lake in the world.

Let’s work together to do everything we can to turn this around. Our children and grandchildren deserve to inherit more from us that a dead and decaying garbage dump.

LINDA HUTCHINGS

Winnipeg

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