Some of the research projects that either have, or will, receive a portion of $875,000 in federal funding to help clean up Lake Winnipeg:
Down the Drain (Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc.)
A project to build a "rain garden" or bio-retention system that filters storm runoff through the use of landscaping similar to that found in forest ecosystems.
Pembina River Watershed-Integrated Watershed Management Plan (Pembina Valley Conservation District)
Engage landowners near Rock Lake and Killarney Lake to reduce nutrient loads and shoreline erosion by restricting cattle access to waterways leading into Lake Winnipeg.
Lake Friendly Campaign (Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves)
A public education campaign to tell consumers about products that are the best environmental choice for Lake Winnipeg. The project will work to identify products that are better environmental choices through the 'It's Lake Friendly' product labelling campaign.
Upper Oak River Non-Point Source Nutrient Reduction Project (Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District)
To reduce phosphorus levels in Shoal Lake by identifying priority restoration sites along the Upper Oak River sub-watershed.
Sustainable Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Wastewater (University of Manitoba)
A project to develop a waste-water treatment process to reduce nutrient loads to Lake Winnipeg while allowing for the recovery of phosphorus as an economic resource.
Nutrient Reduction and Habitat Rehabilitation Project (West Interlake Watershed Conservation District)
This project will eliminate cattle access along three creeks through the installation of exclusion fencing, off-site watering systems and cattle crossings.
Enhanced Removal of Nutrients, Organic Micropollutants and Toxicity from Sewage Lagoons and Waters of Morden and Winkler (University of Winnipeg)
A study to look at the most efficient removal of nutrients and toxic organic contaminants in rural waste waters through the constructed wetlands.
Assessing the Relationship between Internal Ferrous Iron Loading and Cyanobacteria Bloom Formation in Lake Winnipeg (Faculty of Environmental Studies -York University)
A research project to assess the loading rates and quantities of internal ferrous iron and other sediments to assist in predicting the formation of cyanobacterial algae blooms within Lake Winnipeg.
Dog River Constructed Wetland Lagoon System (Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.)
A project to implement a zero-discharge wetland lagoon system, restore native plant communities and provide a healthier aquatic ecosystem downstream.