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Title: Lake Winnipeg PreBudget Announcement


1
Lake Winnipeg Pre-Budget Announcement
2
State of the Lake
  • Years of government neglect has resulted in Lake
    Winnipeg becoming Manitobas greatest
    environmental failure.

3
Government Failure
  • Under 33 years of Tory and NDP rule the
    phosphorus levels and algal blooms in Lake
    Winnipeg have undergone major increases.
  • In 2007 NDP adjourned debate rather than discuss
    Liberal bill to ban phosphorus in dishwashing
    detergents
  • Water Stewardship Minister mocked the proposal in
    the Legislature calling it a mere dishwasher
    bill
  • Minister of Water Stewardship set a goal to
    reduce the phosphorus load in Lake Winnipeg by 10
    percent. However, the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship
    Board report shows that a reduction of 58 per
    cent may be needed.
  • Government introduced its own dishwasher bill
    does half the job in twice the time

4
  • Government Inaction Continues
  • Presently no real targets set for reducing
    phosphorus in Lake Winnipeg
  • No plan for clean up of lake
  • Stonewalling of Liberal bills which would improve
    the situation in the lake
  • Government bill wont come into effect until July
    2010

5
Liberals lead the way
  • The Phosphorus-Free Dishwashing Detergent, the
    first in Canada legislation, to ban the use of
    phosphorus in dishwashing detergent
  • The Municipal Water System Phosphorus Control act
    prohibits the use of phosphorus based additives
    to control the leaching of lead into water pipes
  • Bill to ban the winter spreading of manure
  • Liberals call for Killarney Lake to be used as a
    model to study Lake Winnipeg

6
Pre-Budget Announcement Include Lake Winnipeg as
an Environmental Liability
7
Environmental Liability
  • Full accounting of Lake Winnipeg clean up
  • Costing for clean up
  • Comprehensive plan for clean up

8
  • Manitoba Liberal Plan
  • Implement sewage treatment in Winnipeg based on
    phosphorus only reduction rather than both
    nitrogen and phosphorus, saving about 600
    million.
  • Use some of the savings to reduce phosphorus
    outside of Winnipeg including
  • - implementation of a province-wide ALUS
    program
  • - implementation of a small dams/water
    retention program modeled after South Tobacco
    Creek
  • - implementation of improved phosphorus
    reduction approaches for municipal waste outside
    Winnipeg
  • - implementation of model phosphorus reduction
    strategies in 5-15 model watersheds like
    Killarney Lake, Lake Irwin, Seine River.
  • - a thorough assessment of the impact of the
    Hecla Island Causeway

9
  • Manitoba Liberal Plan
  • Liberals would spend in a more balanced and more
    effective way with about 200 million on a
    phosphorus only reduction approach for Winnipeg,
    and 100-200 million to help farmers and
    municipalities outside Winnipeg reduce phosphorus
    going into Lake Winnipeg.

10
Manitoba Liberals
First on the Environment
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