Lake Winnipeg basin initiative: transboundary partnerships

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative emphasizes collaborative work with other governments (provincial, state, federal) and organizations within the Lake Winnipeg transboundary watershed.  Domestic and international water management boards play a key role in managing nutrients in the Lake Winnipeg basin.  Environment and Climate Change Canada participates on a number of water science and water management boards to facilitate coordination of efforts across the watershed and to help address nutrient loading originating from outside of Manitoba’s jurisdiction.

The five-year Canada-Manitoba Memorandum of Understanding Respecting Lake Winnipeg and the Lake Winnipeg Basin was signed in September 2010.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizes the commitment of both governments to a long-term, collaborative and coordinated approach to support the sustainability and health of the Lake Winnipeg basin.  A steering committee has been in place since 2010 and will continue to oversee implementation of the MOU, and provide oversight for the development of formalized activities in support of the MOU.

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