CJOB News Team reporting
The Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, "6th Annual Walk for Water" is this Sunday, August 12 but organizers are worried the federal government's recent announcement of $18 million has overshadowed the need for grass-roots fundraising.
The Foundation is grateful for every dollar the government commits to helping the lake but a large portion of the recent money announced will go to funding core staff within Environment Canada, not to concrete projects on the ground that will decrease the phosphorus getting into the lake.
Foundation officials say there are several local projects that need to happen across the landscape to stem the flow of excess nutrients that are feeding the toxic blue-green algae blooms. The Lake Winnipeg Foundation offers support to many of these projects.
The Walk for Water Fundraiser is Sunday morning at Victoria Beach, Gimli, Matlock and Grindstone.