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Minnesota will become the first U.S. state to sign an accord to protect Lake Winnipeg.
The provincial government made the announcement this morning.
"Minnesota has formally joined the growing list of signatories to the accord and the increasing effort to protect water quality across the Lake Winnipeg basin," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said.
"The Red River is the single largest source of nutrients to Lake Winnipeg, and by working together we will reduce nutrients and improve water quality. Minnesota is a leader in nutrient reduction measures and we look forward to building on recent efforts."
The accord will be signed by Commissioner John Linc Stine on behalf of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Commissioner Tom Landwehr on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The Manitoba government and the Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves first partnered in June 2013 to announce the Lake Friendly Accord and establish the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance. The goal is to improve water quality by reducing nutrients in rivers and lakes.
The signing was hosted as part of the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Red River Basin Commission in Winnipeg. The commission is also signing the annex to the accord, outlining their commitments to reducing nutrients and improving water quality.