Lake Winnipeg basin stewardship fund: funded projects

Round 8 Funded Projects

Project Name: Vegetated Buffer and Contained Grassed Waterway

Project Recipient: Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $30,500

Description: This Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District’s Vegetated Buffer and Contained Grassed Waterway project will re-establish natural vegetation along intermittent streams within continuous croplands and permanent forage areas to create grassed waterways. These grassed waterways will increase soil stability and prevent erosion to keep soil-bound nutrients from entering the waterways from the agricultural fields. The project site will also be used to educate landowners on the environmental benefits of grassed waterways.

Project Name: Cattle Runoff Wetland/Filter Treatment

Project Recipient: East Interlake Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $43,000

Description:  The East Interlake Conservation District’s Cattle Runoff Wetland/Filter Treatment project will construct a cattle runoff wetland/filter treatment area to reduce nutrients, contaminants and sediments that run off agricultural properties within the Willow Creek Watershed. Working with a local landowner, consultants and engineers, this project will also include the design and construction of a wetland/filter treatment area that will divert agricultural spring melt and rainfall water, filtering nutrients away from Lake Winnipeg while creating additional habitat for wildlife.

Project Name: Brokenhead Wetland Monitoring and Restoration Planning

Project Recipient: Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $37,250

Description: The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources’ Brokenhead Wetland Monitoring and Restoration Planning project will enhance and restore wetlands near the Brokenhead River, which flows into Lake Winnipeg. As part of this project, wetland monitoring and hands-on restoration practices will reduce nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg, provide and improve habitat for rare and culturally important species and provide information to assist in the planning and collaboration with other First Nations to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg. 

Project Name: The Evolution of Wetland Restoration - Utilizing a Hybrid of Wetland Restoration with Control Structures and Forage Establishment to Manage Nutrient Runoff in the Assiniboine River Watershed - Saskatchewan

Project Recipient: Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution:  $75,000

Description: The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association’s Evolution of Wetland Restoration project will restore wetlands in Saskatchewan's Assiniboine River Watershed through the installation of earthen ditch plugs and gated culverts to facilitate the control of the volume of retained water. Strategically placed control culverts will be used by landowners to retain water in the area and ensure permanency. Permanent perennial forage will be established to capture and reduce nutrient runoff.   Landowners will be required to sign a ten year agreement to ensure the restored wetland and perennial forage will remain intact.

Project Name: Strategic Wetland Restoration and Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation in the Upper Souris Watershed

Project Recipient: Upper Souris Watershed Association

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $45,117

Description: This project, led by the Upper Souris Watershed Association, will reduce nutrient loading from non-point rural sources through the restoration of strategically located wetlands within the Upper Souris watershed, in southeast Saskatchewan. The installation of earthen plugs at project sites will restore natural water levels in drained wetland basins, demonstrating that new concepts and technology work on the prairie landscape, influencing additional producers to adopt these practices.  In addition, this project will create awareness of the Best Management Practices (BMP) related to wetland restoration and grazing management through demonstration, among local landowners and producers.

Project Name: Sustainable Lake Winnipeg Exhibit - Grand Marais Community Central Building

Project Recipient: Rural Municipality of St. Clements

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $8,500

Description: The Rural Municipality of St. Clements’ Sustainable Lake Winnipeg Exhibit, located in the community of Grand Marais, will be an interactive community exhibit that tells the story of the creation of Lake Winnipeg, factors that influence both health and threats to the lake’s ecology, and provide practical ideas that individuals can adopt to clean up Lake Winnipeg. The exhibit will include two large aquariums to illustrate fish species and the biology of the lake, a touch screen map to help visitors understand the natural and cultural influences on Lake Winnipeg, and interpretive panels that demonstrate what visitors can do to help the health of Lake Winnipeg.  The Grand Marais Community Central Building has been identified as a tourist destination and is visited by over 100,000 people annually.

Project Name: Combining wetland restoration and runoff control structures to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lower Qu-Appelle Watershed

Project Recipient: Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards Incorporated

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $40,000

Description: The Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards project will remunerate local agricultural landowners to retain water in previously drained wetland areas within the Lower Qu’Appelle watershed, increasing the potential for capturing and storing agricultural nutrients that might otherwise flow into Lake Winnipeg. The proposed program will restore  wetlands using earthen plugs and gated structures to incorporate additional runoff control.  Producers will be required to sign an agreement confirming that they will maintain these wetlands for a minimum duration of ten years.

Project Name: Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Phase 2: Next steps towards a long term Remedial Action Plan for Netley-Libau Marsh. Consolidating Phase 1 science guidance, developing governance mechanisms and filling in research gaps.

Project Recipient: Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $15,000

Description: This project, led by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, is the second phase of a long term project to restore Netley-Libau Marsh, one of Canada’s largest coastal wetlands covering 26,000 hectares. Building on the success of Phase 1, this phase will fill the gaps by providing data that is required for the development of a remediation plan for the Netley-Libau Marsh.  A steering committee will be established to guide and oversee Remedial Action Plan activities and an In-Marsh Pilot Study to measure and explain some key marsh interactions governing nutrient and sediment fluxes.  

Project Name: Yellow Fish Road - Winnipeg, MB

Project Recipient: Trout Unlimited Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $10,000

Description: Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road program will provide Winnipeg youth with the knowledge and tools to make a positive difference to their local waterways through the reduction of nutrients from urban sources and controlling non-point source or urban storm water pollution.  The workshops, projects and public events are aimed at educating participants on how we can protect our waterways through responsible household practices such as responsible use of domestic and garden chemicals, use of natural alternatives to fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides; and proper cleanup and disposal of sediment, litter, pet waste and car fluids.

Project Name: Sustainable nutrient removal and recovery from municipal wastewater: Anammox based electrically enhanced membrane process

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $15,000

Description: This University of Manitoba laboratory- based research project will focus on the development of an innovative, sustainable treatment method for municipal wastewater that will reduce nutrient loads from treatment plants and result in the recovery of phosphorus for use as a fertilizer.  The main objective of the project is to research and develop a completely autotrophic nitrogen removal process with an electrically assisted membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater treatment at low temperatures. This technology will feature lower sludge production and lower aeration and chemical dosing requirements and will be a step towards a sustainable wastewater treatment plant designed as a resource recovery facility.

Project Name: Predictive Mapping of Wetland Soils to Estimate Risk of Nutrient Transport

Project Recipient: University of Saskatchewan

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $55,077

Description: This University of Saskatchewan research project will help inform land management decisions related to wetland conservation within the Saskatchewan River and Assiniboine River watersheds by improving our understanding of the relationship between wetland type and nutrient mobility. This will result in the identification of certain types of wetlands and/or positions within a fill-and-spill sequence that result in minimal nutrient loading to local waterways flowing into Lake Winnipeg while maximizing productive land.  The project will include digital soil mapping, nutrient analysis and the dissemination of results through reports and presentations.

Project Name: Management of sediments in surface waterways to reduce phosphorus loading in Lake Winnipeg - Phase II: Assessment of management options for sediment and associated vegetation and soil

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $69,575

Description: This  research project will examine sediment and vegetation management practices in agricultural drainage areas that are effective in removing nutrient-rich sediment from agricultural soil while allowing for quick growth, harvesting and disposal of vegetation that absorb nutrients such as phosphorus. These practices are intended to be easily adopted by the agencies and individuals responsible for managing the sediments in waterways.  Research activities will occur in the Tobacco Creek and LaSalle River watersheds of the Red River Basin and the Catfish Creek and Whitemouth River watersheds in the Winnipeg River Basin.

Project Name: Science Workshop on water quality and ecosystem health of Lake Manitoba

Project Recipient: University of Winnipeg

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $10,000

Description: The Lake Manitoba basin contributes to nutrient loading in Lake Winnipeg, and impacts the lake’s water quality and ecosystem health. This workshop will assess the current state of knowledge of water quality issues in Lake Manitoba and its watershed, identify critical knowledge gaps, and brainstorm ways to move forward on improving water quality and ecosystem health in this region.

Round 7 Funded Projects

Project Name: Bow River Phosphorus Mangement Plan Implementation: Floating Island Pilot Project

Project Recipient: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $100,000

Description: The Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan (BRPMP) seeks to reduce phosphorus per capita from mechanical wastewater treatment plants and lagoons. This project will support the installation and testing of the BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetland in pilot lagoons within the watershed. If expected results are achieved, levels of phosphorus in wastewater effluent being discharged to the Bow River will be greatly reduced.

Project Name: Riparian Health Improvements Through Grazing Management Improvements

Project Recipient: Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $78,900

Description: This project aims to improve the grazing management practices of cattle producers in the Oldman River and Battle River watersheds.  The project is a mix of educational and stewardship activities, designed to increase knowledge, while developing detailed grazing management plans and implementation strategies.  Riparian health assessments will be used to identify issues and determine the solutions required.  The installation of exclusion fencing, alternative watering systems and the planting of native trees and shrubs are among the Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) to be implemented.

Project Name: Moose Jaw River Integrated Excessive Water Management Plan

Project Recipient: Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $45,000

Description: This project will implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) such as buffer strips, alternative water systems and livestock exclusion fencing.  Six projects will be showcased through stakeholder meetings and newsletters as examples for local producers.  Hydrology reports will be developed for approximately five sub watersheds and consultations with stakeholders will be conducted in order to develop an Excessive Water Management Plan for the Moose Jaw River watershed.

Project Name: Promotion of Buffer Strips and Riparian Area Health Assessments for Agricultural Land within the Carrot River Watershed Area

Project Recipient: Carrot River Valley Watershed Association

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $4,000

Description: This project will deliver riparian area awareness workshops and educational materials to the residents of the Carrot River Watershed.  Riparian Health Assessments will be utilized to identify areas that are stressed and determine solutions for problem areas within the watershed.  Newsletters, brochures and workshops will be used to highlight the importance of riparian area health, riparian area health assessments and the usage of buffer strips.

Project Name: Turtle Mountain Conservation District Ecological Goods and Services Program - Phase 1

Project Recipient: Turtle Mountain Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $41,000

Description: Phase 1 of the Ecological Goods and Services Program will create an inventory of drains, wetlands (Class 2-5), and water storage areas that are present within the Elgin Creek-Whitewater Lake sub-watershed.  A series of workshops will be held to assist with information gathering and to promote the Ecological Goods and Services Program concept.  The information gathered in Phase 1 will be analyzed to determine the feasibility of moving forward with the Ecological Goods and Services program.

Project Name: Cattle and Creeks: Local Solutions Toward Basin Results

Project Recipient: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The primary objective of this project is to restrict the access of livestock along the tributaries of the Assiniboine River and as a result protect stream banks and improve water quality.  Key elements of this project include the installation of riparian fencing and alternate watering systems, as well as the development of pasture management plans. Pre and post assessments of each project site will be completed and implementation plans will be developed to monitor progress.

Project Name: Reducing and Utilizing Nutrients in Tobacco Creek Model Watershed

Project Recipient: Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $90,000

Description: This project will construct and evaluate a consolidated network of water retention structures throughout the Tobacco Creek Model Watershed.  The structures will create, preserve and conserve a minimum of 30 acres of wetlands and are designed to retain nutrients and limit spring runoff to reduce downstream flooding.  Modified and existing designs of small dams, retention ponds, wetlands and ditches will be evaluated for flood control, nutrient remediation and farmer acceptance.

Project Name: South Central Eco Institute Enhancement Project

Project Recipient: Prairie Spirit School Division

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $27,000

Description: The South Central Eco Institute (SCEI) is a data collection program that provides students with the opportunity to work with Conservation District partners in the research and monitoring of a variety of phosphorus reduction and overall watershed improvement projects.  SCEI represents a network of partnerships between the academic community, community development representatives, conservation districts and eco-environmental agencies. Each Spring and Fall, students and staff are provided with the training and equipment necessary to collect water quality data.

Project Name: Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Mercer Creek and Little Dog Lake Drain

Project Recipient: West Interlake Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $21,000

Description: This project will eliminate cattle access along various reaches of Mercer Creek and Little Dog Lake Drain in order to restore degraded riparian areas, improve water quality through the reduction of bacteria and nutrient inputs in the creek, rehabilitate priority aquatic habitat and create and restore important wildlife habitat. This project will be used as a demonstration and education site for future riparian management projects.

Project Name: Washow Peninsula and Fisher Bay Change Over Time Analysis

Project Recipient: Fisher River Cree Nation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $50,000

Description: This project seeks to combine traditional knowledge with new technology to provide and inform land, water, wetlands and shoreline changes over time for Washow Peninsula, Fisher Bay and the mouth of the Fisher River.  The project results will show the incremental changes over time for the identification of patterns that have led to nutrient loading in the area.  Key elements of the project are land and water use interviews/surveys; cartographic data collection; water extent analysis; ground truthing and shoreline field work; and data analysis.

Project Name: Cattails for Clean Community Waterways: Urban Application of the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project

Project Recipient: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $50,000

Description: The economic and environmental benefits of removing wetland plants such as cattails and other plant species from ditches in Winnipeg will be examined.  The phosphorus reduction in the City’s land drainage system is expected to be 40-80 kg of phosphorus. The harvested plants have the potential for use as bioenergy and biomaterials.  This concept has been piloted in a rural setting in the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

Project Name: Nutrient, Wastewater Contaminant, and Toxicity Reduction Using Sub-Surface Filtration Technology

Project Recipient: University of Winnipeg

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $135,000

Description: This project studies the effectiveness of sub-surface filter treatment technology and its ability to remove excess nutrients from effluent before its release into waterways.  Currently operating on a pilot scale, this system has proved successful at removing excess phosphorus and nitrogen from the effluents of a municipal sewage lagoon prior to their release.  The overall goal of this project is to understand and optimize the physical, chemical and ecological factors that control removal efficiency of nutrients and contaminants by the sub-surface filter treatment technology.

Project Name: Restoration of Netley-Libau Marsh: Evaluating the Feasibility and Benefits of Marsh Habitat Management Options for Nutrient Sequestration Enhancement

Project Recipient: Lake Winnipeg Foundation Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $20,000

Description: Specialists and stakeholders will be invited to take part in a process to evaluate restoration strategies for the Netley-Libau Marsh. The process features a two day, facilitated workshop to explore potential restoration strategies and formulate a science-based consensus on restoration options with the greatest potential of success.  Netley-Libau Marsh, one of Canada’s largest coastal wetland covering 26,000 hectares, has undergone considerable biophysical changes that are contributing to the nutrient loading challenge facing Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Enhancing a Manitoba Watershed Using ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services)

Project Recipient: Delta Waterfowl Foundation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $100,000

Description: Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a community-led, farmer-delivered, incentive-based conservation program delivering ecological goods and services on private lands.  The ALUS project seeks to restore, enhance, create and conserve wetlands, fence riparian areas, install off-site watering systems, restore buffer strips, convert marginal cropland to grasslands and plant shelterbelts. Total phosphorus reductions resulting from these projects are estimated at 1,775 kg/year.

Project Name: Manitoba Conservation Auction Initiative

Project Recipient: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $100,000

Description: Conservation Auctions will be conducted throughout southern Manitoba to provide opportunities for landowners to conserve, enhance and restore priority wetlands and ecosystems.  The auction is a voluntary process whereby landowners submit a proposal (or bid) to establish a Conservation Agreement or Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) Contract on their lands. BMPs offered will be specifically tailored in each auction location to address the local needs.  Workshops will be conducted to provide additional information on the auction process.

Round 6 Funded Projects

Project Name: Manitoba Wetland Restoration Project

Project Recipient: Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $720,000

Description: The project will implement a landowner partnership program to restore 648 hectares of drained wetlands across three watersheds in southwestern Manitoba, and reduce phosphorus loads entering Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Pelly's Lake Watershed Management Area

Project Recipient: La Salle-Redboine Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $126,000

Description: This project will build water retention structures and protect wetlands and riverbanks to reduce spring runoff, and restrict phosphorus loading over 630 acres of land in the La Salle-Redboine area.

Project Name: Cattail and Novel Biomass: Nutrient Capture and Reclamation Turning a Waste/Pollution Stream into an Input for a Sustainable Manitoba Bio-Economy

Project Recipient: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $180,000

Description: This project will demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of harvesting cattails to capture and reclaim phosphorus that would otherwise enter Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Establishment of Pilot Sites for Innovative Surface Water and Nutrient Management Initiatives on Farms

Project Recipient: Manitoba Conservation Districts Association

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $401,074

Description: This project will investigate various beneficial management practices for retaining and re-using runoff water to benefit agriculture, and prevent the release of nutrients downstream into Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Wetland Restoration (Two Year Program) in the Assiniboine River Watershed

Project Recipient: Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $230,000

Description: This project will work with landowners in the Assiniboine Watershed to develop a monetary value for restoring previously drained wetlands. The goal is to restore up to 150 wetlands, over 61 hectares, with a total possible phosphorus load reduction of 1,215 kg per year.

Project Name: Pipestone Phosphorus Reduction Program: Implementation and Measuring Efficacy of Beneficial Management Practices

Project Recipient: Lower Souris Watershed Committee Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $138,000

Description: This project will educate local producers on beneficial management practices and reduce nutrients entering Lake Winnipeg by restoring 25 previously drained wetlands, and converting 700 acres of cropland to perennial forage in the Lower Souris Watershed.

Project Name: Niverville Lagoon System: The Investigation of Alternative Approaches for Bio-Remediation

Project Recipient: Town of Niverville

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $149,056

Description: The project will investigate and evaluate the feasibility of remediating biosolids (sludge) in decommissioned wastewater lagoons through in situ treatment using phyto- and bio-remediation methods.

Project Name: Successful Initiation of Wetland Restoration Landowner Incentive Program

Project Recipient: Upper Souris Watershed Association Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $87,000

Description: The project will restore up to 20 significant wetlands near the Souris River, and develop contracts with local landowners to ensure these areas are protected over the next 10 years.

Project Name: Earthen Dam for Water Storage and Erosion Control

Project Recipient: Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $53,000

Description: This project will oversee the construction of two earthen dams that will reduce nutrients entering Lake Winnipeg by retaining 800 hectares of overland surface water in the Swan Lake Watershed.

Project Name: Assiniboine Basin Municipal Point Source Assessment and Reduction Initiative

Project Recipient: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $28,163

Description: This project will work with local government and community members to assess 32 wastewater sites, demonstrate methods to potentially divert overland surface water from entering Lake Winnipeg, and re-use this nutrient laden water for economic growth in the region.

Project Name: Whitemud Watershed Surface Water Storage Program

Project Recipient: Whitemud Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $36,000

Description: The project will construct three temporary water storage projects along the Whitemud River, thereby creating or enhancing up to 100 acres of previously drained wetlands.

Project Name: Lake Friendly Practices and Actions - Do What Matters

Project Recipient: South Basin Mayors and Reeves Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $210,000

Description: The project will work to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg by building public awareness and encourage lake friendly behaviour that will enhance environmental, economic, and societal health within the Lake Winnipeg Watershed.

Project Name: Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre Model Shoreline

Project Recipient: Lake of the Woods Development Commission

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $29,636

Description: This project will construct a 265 meter interactive shoreline that will educate and empower the public to prevent the negative impacts of nutrient loading by making informed consumer choices and taking positive individual actions to reduce nutrients entering the Lake of the Woods.

Project Name: Development of a Risk Indicator to Identify Soils Prone to Phosphorus Release under Prolonged Flooding

Project Recipient: University of Winnipeg (Dr. Kumaragamage)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $109,200

Description: This project will identify risk indicators for soils that are prone to releasing large quantities of phosphorus to surface runoff water entering Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake and Red River Basin.

Project Name: Development of a Simulation Tool to Identify Priority Areas for Wetland Conservation and Restoration

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba (Dr. Ali)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $53,475

Description: The project will develop a simulation tool that will allow researchers to examine and measure the potential positive impacts of various methods to restore and conserve wetlands across various landscapes, and determine priority areas for future restoration activities.

Project Name: Management of Sediments in Surface Waterways to Reduce Phosphorus Loading in Lake Winnipeg

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba (Dr. Lobb)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $38,143

Description: This research project will identify areas of high nutrient concentrations within the Red River Basin and Winnipeg River Basin, and provide the recommendations for management practices that will help prevent and reduce nutrients entering these tributaries of Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Designing and Managing Riparian Areas to Filter Phosphorus and Sediment

Project Recipient: University of Northern British Columbia

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $147,500

Description: This project will enhance the understanding of how phosphorus and other agricultural sediments filter into waterways, and work with land owners to develop riverbank buffer zones that more effectively prevent nutrient runoff.

Project Name: Quantification of the Internal Phosphorus Load in Lake Winnipeg to Improve Phosphorus Budgets

Project Recipient: Freshwater Research

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $28,000

Description: This project will examine how phosphorus within Lake Winnipeg itself can be measured and assessed to assist with decisions concerning future nutrient management.

Round 5 Funded Projects

Project Name: The Forks Riparian Preserve

Project Recipient: Forks Renewal Corporation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $40,000

Description: Project leaders with the Forks Renewal Corporation are helping to improve the quality of water entering Lake Winnipeg by restoring a riverbank habitat on approximately two acres along the banks of the Assiniboine River at the Forks Historic site in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Project Name: Pembina and Long River Riparian Enhancement Program

Project Recipient: Turtle Mountain Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $20,000

Description: The Turtle Mountain Conservation District is encouraging land managers along Manitoba’s Pembina River and Long River to implement agricultural practices that will benefit water quality and improve local riverbank integrity. Some of these beneficial agricultural management practices include restrictive cattle fencing and remote watering systems for cattle and the re-establishment of riverbank vegetation as a “buffer” zone to prevent erosion.

Project Name: Peguis First Nation Sustainable Cattle Management Project

Project Recipient: Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $15,000

Description: To improve water quality in the Peguis First Nation, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is working with a community producer to create a new management system designed to more effectively spread cattle manure. The result will be greater agricultural productivity, reduced overland runoff and fewer nutrients entering the local watershed. CIER is also providing guidance to help the producer to reconstruct farm operations with techniques such as cattle rotation, restrictive fencing and other beneficial agricultural management practices.

Project Name: Innovative Process for Enhanced Phosphorus Recovery from Sludge

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba (Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $26,000

Description: The University of Manitoba is conducting new research on the potential use of water treatment reactors to recover phosphorus from wastewater sludge. The results of this innovative study will be tested in a pilot experiment at the City of Winnipeg’s South End wastewater treatment plant.

Project Name: Riparian Enhancement Initiative

Project Recipient: Whitemud Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $20,000

Description: The Whitemud Watershed Conservation District is protecting Lake Winnipeg water quality by enhancing the health, longevity, and effectiveness of riverbank buffer zones along the Whitemud River. Project leaders are constructing restrictive fencing to keep cattle from damaging the riverbank and polluting the water, re-establishing riverbank buffer zones with natural materials and native plants, and working with landowners to ensure future protection of the riverbank zone and its water quality.

Project Name: Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping of Foreshore Areas of Lake Winnipeg’s South Basin

Project Recipient: Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $107,450

Description: Foreshore areas are often significantly impacted by human activities and play a key role in the health and vitality of Lake Winnipeg. The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is gathering aerial photos and field research on ecosystems along the south basin of Lake Winnipeg’s foreshore. This information will provide decision makers, planners, developers, landowners, and government agencies with the tools they need to make sustainable shoreline use decisions.

Project Name: Effective Use of Riparian Zones to Filter Sediments and Phosphorus

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba (Dr. David A. Lobb)

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $99,600

Description: The University of Manitoba will undertake a comprehensive study on the use of riparian areas as filters for sediment and phosphorus that enter waterways from agricultural land. Data from previous studies in the Lake Winnipeg basin are being analyzed and enhanced through continued field research. The final results will provide decision-makers with the information they need to determine the future use of riverbank areas in preventing nutrients from entering Lake Winnipeg and its watershed.

Project Name: Nutrient Reduction on Continuous Cropped Erodible Soils

Project Recipient: Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District (SLWCD) is working with land owners in southwest Manitoba to prevent topsoil loss and the negative impacts it has on groundwater quality. Together, the SLWCD and landowners are constructing flow-reduction waterways that will re-establish natural vegetated areas in cropland that is vulnerable to erosion and soil loss.

Project Name: Wetland Restoration Preservation Initiative

Project Recipient: East Interlake Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $26,000

Description: The East Interlake Conservation District (EICD) is working with landowners in locations at risk of wetland loss to encourage the establishment of conservation agreements with EICD and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. These agreements will protect this land from future development and prevent further agricultural nutrients from entering Lake Winnipeg at these sites.

Round 4 Funded Projects

Project Name: Establishing a Process for a Wetland Vegetation Rehabilitation and Management program focused on Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea): A Parkland Mews Case Study

Project Recipient: The University of Manitoba

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $13,000

Description: The University of Manitoba is conducting research that will minimize knowledge gaps in the control of the invasive species, Reed Canarygrass. Research results will examine the effectiveness of constructed wetland cells to prevent nutrient loads and will determine the connection between increased nitrogen and phosphorus loads and Reed Canarygrass.

Project Name: Beaver Creek Water Retention Project

Project Recipient: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $4,000

Description: The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District is working with partners to create a dam that will reduce local seasonal flooding and nutrient runoff in the Beaver Creek watershed. The dam will allow water to be captured in early spring and slowly filter into surrounding soils to recharge local ground water and increase flow to important fish habitat downstream.

Project Name: Sustainable Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Wastewater

Project Recipient: The University of Manitoba

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $36,000

Description: The University of Manitoba is developing a method for treating municipal wastewater through an innovative biological process that reduces nutrient loads to Lake Winnipeg while allowing for the recovery of phosphorus - a valuable economic resource. The results of this project will be used to carry out a pilot study at the City of Winnipeg’s South End wastewater treatment plant.

Project Name: Nutrient Reduction and Habitat Rehabilitation Project

Project Recipient: West Interlake Watershed Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $12,500

Description: The West Interlake Watershed Conservation District is improving local water quality by eliminating cattle access along three creeks through the installation of exclusion fencing, off-site watering systems and cattle crossings, and restoring riverbank vegetation areas.

Project Name: Enhanced Removal of Nutrients, Organic Micropollutants and Toxicity from Sewage Lagoons and Waters of Morden and Winkler by Manipulative Constructed Wetland Microcosms

Project Recipient: The University of Winnipeg

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $148,760

Description: The University of Winnipeg is researching the benefits of using constructed wetlands to remove nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen and other toxic substances from rural waste waters.

Project Name: Prevent Livestock Nutrient Runoff into the Souris River

Project Recipient: Assiniboine Hills Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $12,300

Description: The Assiniboine Hills Conservation District is setting up fencing and alternative wintering sites for cattle as well as portable wind breaks and swath grazing along the Souris River. These beneficial management practices are significantly reducing the loading of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen into this tributary of Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Lake of the Woods Water Quality Improvement Program

Project Recipient: Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $12,050

Description: The Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council and partners are identifying and preventing sources of nutrient runoff to the Lake of the Woods. In addition to analyzing and prioritizing sites for future water quality improvements, project leaders are educating the local community on how residents can help to improve local water quality.

Project Name: Assessing the Relationship between Internal Ferrous Iron Loading and Cyanobacteria Bloom Formation in Lake Winnipeg

Project Recipient: Faculty of Environmental Studies - York University

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $24,800

Description: York University is researching how loading rates and quantities of internal ferrous iron and other sediments can help predict the formation of cyanobacterial algae blooms within Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Dog River Constructed Wetland Lagoon System

Project Recipient: Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards and partners are creating a wetland lagoon system that will restore native plant communities and provide a healthier aquatic ecosystem downstream.

Round 3 Funded Projects

Project Name: Down the Drain - A Demonstration Landscape; Using Plants and Natural Systems to Clean Our Water

Project Recipient: Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $46,014

Description: Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc. and partners are designing and constructing a “rain garden” or bioretention system that filters storm runoff using landscaping similar to that found in forest ecosystems. The project is also encouraging the community and local schools to participate in the project and learn more about water quality challenges facing Lake Winnipeg

Project Name: Pembina River Watershed - Integrated Watershed Management Plan

Project Recipient: Pembina Valley Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Pembina Valley Conservation District is engaging landowners near Rock Lake and Killarney Lake to reduce nutrient loads and shoreline erosion by restricting cattle access to waterways leading into Lake Winnipeg. In addition, a water retention dam is being constructed above an eroding gully close to Rock Lake, reducing sediment runoff in drinking water sources and larger waterways entering Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Lake Friendly Campaign

Project Recipient: Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $241,520

Description: The Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves are reducing nutrient contributions to Lake Winnipeg by informing and educating consumers about products that are the best environmental choice for Lake Winnipeg. The project’s “It’s Lake Friendly” labelling campaign identifies products that are better environmental choices for reducing nutrients to Lake Winnipeg.

Project Name: Nutrient Management through Livestock Management

Project Recipient: Assiniboine Hills Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $22,500

Description: The Assiniboine Hills Conservation District is working with landowners and cattle operators to develop three riverbank management sites that are reducing nutrient flows to Lake Winnipeg through practices such as: fencing to restrict livestock creek access, alternative watering and overwintering sites located away from the riverbank.

Project Name: Lake Wahtopanah Nutrient Reduction Project

Project Recipient: Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District and landowners are working together to reduce phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg by identifying and restoring primary shoreline areas along Lake Wahtopanah. They are improving water quality in these areas through beneficial management practices such as planting riparian buffers zones and grassed waterways, installing offsite watering systems, and constructing retention ponds.

Project Name: Upper Oak River Non-Point Source Nutrient Reduction Project

Project Recipient: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District and landowners are reducing phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg by identifying and restoring primary shoreline areas along the Upper Oak River sub-watershed. They are also re-establishing perennial cover in these areas to reduce erosion and runoff sediment, reduce nutrient loads to Lake Winnipeg and benefit local aquatic ecosystems.

Project Name: Thunder and Silver Creeks Surface Water Management Project

Project Recipient: Upper Assinibione River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: The Birdtail Assiniboine Water Planning Authority is working with local landowners to select priority restoration areas along Thunder Creek and Silver Creek. Through beneficial management practices such as reconstructing wetlands, building water retention ponds and developing in-stream erosion structures, their efforts are limiting nutrient loads and reducing the impacts of local flooding.

Project Name: Paleolimnological Determination of Water Quality Change in Lake Winnipeg for Use as Management and Remediation Goals

Project Recipient: Dr. Peter Leavitt, University of Regina

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $126,162.50

Description: Seven researchers from four universities are working together to create a long-term record of historical water quality changes within the north basin of Lake Winnipeg. This research is documenting past trends and recent changes such as increases in potentially toxic cyanobacteria and changes in the lakes nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon levels. This research will help decision-makers to set ecologically-relevant goals for nutrient reduction and the future management and protection of Lake Winnipeg.

Round 2 Funded Projects

Project Name: The Sustainability of Municipal Wastewater Irrigation in the Interlake Region of Manitoba as a Means of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Abatement for Lake Winnipeg

Project Recipient: East Interlake Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $6,257

Description: Wastewater irrigation, as an alternative to discharging wastewater directly to waterways leading to Lake Winnipeg, was assessed. The project involved three short-term field demonstrations of wastewater irrigation, municipal/town council focus groups on wastewater irrigation and a local resident survey to assess perceptions on wastewater re-use within their communities.

Project Name: Morden’s Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal (CLEANER) in Dead Horse Creek

Project Recipient: University of Winnipeg

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $109,372

Description: This extensive water sampling and analysis program is identifying and monitoring sources of phosphorous and nitrogen along Dead Horse Creek, Plum River and the Red River near Morden, Manitoba. University undergraduate and high school students will contribute research products and practices to potentially reduce phosphorous and nitrogen in these waterways. Students will also lead community-based social marketing efforts to encourage Morden area residents to deposit less phosphorous and nitrogen in the town’s storm and sanitary wastewater systems.

Project Name: Moose Mountain Creek Phosphorous Reduction Project

Project Recipient: Cornerstone Regional Economic Development Authority

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $37,250

Description: Beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural phosphorous loads and improve water quality are being promoted. Perennial forage seeding, exclusion fencing, portable windbreaks and portable water systems are all improving water quality. Stewardship agreements are engaging landowners to convert cropland to perennial forage, restore wetlands and improve both winter site and riparian zone management. BMPs are being promoted across the watershed through outreach activities such as field demonstration days, public newsletters and on-site farm visits by technicians.

Round 1 Funded Projects

Project Name: Achieving Successful Wetland Restoration in the Assiniboine River Watershed

Project Recipient: Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $139,400

Description: Source water quality in the Assiniboine River and its tributaries will be improved. Lake Winnipeg will benefit from better downstream water quality.

Project Name: Advancing Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Efforts

Project Recipient: International Institute for Sustainable Development

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $44,000

Description: The project will promote the nutrient reduction benefits of marshland restoration to community stakeholders. This project expands on the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Netley-Libau Marsh Research.

Project Name: Building Capacity for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin

Project Recipient: Red River Basin Commission

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $55,000

Description: Canadian municipalities and counties in the U.S. discussed costs and benefits of restoring natural environments to improve interjurisdictional water quality.

Project Name: Development of a Model/Experimental Watershed Representative of the Manitoba Prairie Pothole Region

Project Recipient: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $391,464

Description: Ducks Unlimited and partners will establish a watershed monitoring network and water quality modeling that will be used to determine how changes in land use affect water quality. Wetlands will also be restored and monitored as part of this project.

Project Name: Development of a Preliminary Total Phosphorus Budget and Water Quality Modeling for Lake of the Woods

Project Recipient: Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $135,254

Description: A phosphorous budget and water quality modeling are being developed to assist decision-making for phosphorous management in the Lake and its watershed. The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation and partners are collaborating on this project.

Project Name: Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek Non-Point Source Nutrient Abatement Program

Project Recipient: East Interlake Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: Agricultural nutrient runoff will be reduced to the Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones.

Project Name: Meewasin Valley Authority Riparian Restoration

Project Recipient: Meewasin Valley Authority

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $21,608

Description: Water quality in the South Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg has improved by restoring natural vegetation to damaged shore lands and by educating the public on the importance of riparian zones in river ecology.

Project Name: Modeling Water Quality in the South Basin of Lake Manitoba

Project Recipient: University of Manitoba

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: Understanding of Lake Manitoba water quality has been improved by this study, which also provides a basis for evaluating nitrogen and phosphorous reduction efforts. This research could also be used to measure the impact of Lake Winnipeg stewardship initiatives.

Project Name: Qu’Appelle River Water Quality Mitigation Project

Project Recipient: Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $4,300

Description: Agricultural nutrient runoff has been reduced to a seasonal oxbow lake in the Upper Assiniboine River through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones

Project Name: Seine River Riparian Enhancement Program

Project Recipient: Seine-Rat River Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: Agricultural nutrient runoff to the Seine River has been reduced through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones.

Project Name: Souris River Riparian Enhancement Program

Project Recipient: Turtle Mountain Conservation District

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $25,000

Description: Agricultural nutrient runoff to the Souris River has been reduced through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones.

Project Name: Wastewater Pond Systems in Cold Climates

Project Recipient: Spectrum Scientific Inc.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Contribution: $132,767

Description: A wastewater pond system will be adapted to Manitoba’s climate using a modified greenhouse structure.

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