September 3, 2008

Environment Canada: MP Bezan Announces Deadline Extension for Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund

GIMLI, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2008) - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, today was pleased to announce that due to overwhelming interest to help protect Lake Winnipeg, the deadline for project submissions to the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund is being extended from September 1 to September 30th.

Mr. Bezan made the announcement on behalf of Manitoba Regional Minister Vic Toews, and Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird.

"Our Government is committed to helping clean up Lake Winnipeg, which is one of the major projects under our Action Plan on Clean Water," said Mr. Bezan. "There is widespread interest from stakeholders throughout the Lake Winnipeg Basin to work together to rectify the serious water quality problems affecting the lake, and since there's been so much interest, we want to make sure all those who have a stake in protecting our lake are able to take part."

Mr. Bezan also announced today that close to one million dollars is set aside this fall for projects and science work to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen pollutants going into Lake Winnipeg. This 2008 funding is part of the $18 million Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative launched in 2007 under the Government of Canada's Action Plan on Clean Water.

"The Stewardship Fund is just one component of Canada's $18 million Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative," added Vic Toews, Regional Minister for Manitoba. "In addition to the millions of dollars being provided for stewardship projects, our government is also investing our world class federal scientific expertise, as well as millions more to implement a comprehensive science program for Lake Winnipeg."

"Important scientific and research activities have been underway since the spring, focusing on how nutrient runoff affects the ecology of the lake and how to control nutrients throughout the watershed," said John Baird, Canada's Environment Minister. "This important scientific research, supported by our Government, is enabling water managers to better understand the problems throughout the entire Lake Winnipeg watershed."

The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Fund provides financial and technical support for projects that reduce nutrient loads and improve the water quality of Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. For information on submitting proposals under the Stewardship Fund, please visit:

The Government of Canada's key investment to clean up Lake Winnipeg is part of the Action Plan on Clean Water, which includes major investments across Canada to protect our lakes, rivers, streams and oceans.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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