Save Lake Winnipeg

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As a concerned citizen I call upon the Provincial and Federal governments to force the City of Winnipeg to separate their sewer and rain water systems and upgrades to the North End Treatment plant. Winnipeg's North End Treatment plant is one of the major contributors to the pollution of Lake Winnipeg the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world.  Last year only 22 of 1353 spills were reported to the province. 8.9 billion liters of raw untreated  sewage was spilled into the Red and Assiniboine Rivers which flow to Lake Winnipeg. This is only what was reported.

In 2017 the Provincial Government extended the time of compliance for Winnipeg to  fix their antiquated sewer system to the year of 2045. Yes another 28 yrs of inaction. The RM of St Andrews, in the capital region, is being forced by the Provincial Government to hook up to the Winnipeg North End Treatment Plant when there is a cheaper and safer option being the new City of Selkirk Regional sewer and water treatment plant.  The RM should be given the time to negotiate with the City of Selkirk and any hook up to the largest polluter should not be an option. This directly contradicts the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 by the Federal and Provincial governments on working together on a shared vision of a healthy prosperous and sustainable Lake Winnipeg.

The city of Winnipeg has also asked for an extension of three years to address phosphorus discharge from the same North End Treatment Plant which is a major contributor to algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg. They have also rejected a plan by Lake Winnipeg Foundation and International Institute for Sustainable Development to reduce phosphorus with a retrofit to the North end treatment plant  and with the use of ferric chloride to remove 70% of phosphorus effluent.  This would bring Winnipeg  into compliance with its provincial operating licence. 

Lake Winnipeg is an important provincial resource contributing $200 million to the tourism industry and over $26 million in the commercial fishing industry to the provincial economy.   The time is now for action.

Save our Lake Winnipeg