Last Updated: 2013/12/29 12:29:33 AM
Province Provides Funding
For Research Ship Namao: Mackintosh
The Manitoba government will continue to support the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium with new funding to support its research ship Namao for continuing scientific research on Lake Winnipeg, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced today.
"As part of the government's multi-faceted efforts to restore the health of Lake Winnipeg, we understand the critical role scientific research plays in achieving this goal," said Minister Mackintosh. "Our government is pleased to provide the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium with $150,000 to help support scientific research on the lake and provide education and outreach to raise awareness of the lake's ecology."
With this funding, the province has invested a total of $1.225 million toward the operation of the Namao over the past 10 years. During this time, the Namao has supported key research and led to many important findings critical to developing effective solutions to water quality issues on Lake Winnipeg.
"Lake Winnipeg provides important environmental benefits and contributes to the province's economy as well as the enjoyment and well-being of Manitobans," said Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson. "We have many reasons to support the Namao's research and want to ensure the best stewardship of this precious resource."
Funding for the Namao is part of the province's strategy to restore Lake Winnipeg water quality. Among many lake-related actions, Manitoba has enacted several measures under the Save Lake Winnipeg Act, introduced the Manitoba Water Quality Standards, Objectives and Guidelines pursuant to the Water Protection Act, and established the Lake Friendly Accord and the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance.