Lake Winnipeg Basin Program science priorities

The science conducted through this program builds on previous work that characterized the lake. It adds a focus on improving knowledge of nutrient export to streams and understanding the impacts of climate variability and invasive species on the lake. The program will provide resource managers with tools and information to help manage Lake Winnipeg and its fishery.  The science plan has four priority areas:

Reporting on progress towards restoring a healthy lake

Progress reports on the state of the lake help ensure stakeholders have the information they need to implement actions that will help improve the health of Lake Winnipeg. Key components include:

Monitoring to assess status and track change

Regular monitoring provides the data used to assess the condition of the lake and feeds into models which help predict changes over time. Key components include:

Research on nutrient sources and transport pathways to the lake

Knowing how nutrients reach Lake Winnipeg and how the sources and pathways may change under a variable climate is needed to manage the nutrient loading to the lake. Key research components include:

Research on lake ecosystem components to achieve a sustainable nutrient balance

Managing Lake Winnipeg requires an understanding of how changes in the lake may influence different components of the lake ecosystem. Key research components include:

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