Wetlands touted as a solution to Lake Winnipeg woes
Oak Hammock Marsh, Man., August 12, 2010 – Today, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) scientist Pascal Badiou had the opportunity during a popular Winnipeg radio show to explain the link between wetland loss and the blue-green algae blooms that have appeared on Lake Winnipeg.
Listen to Badiou’s full interview on CJOB radio’s Richard Cloutier Reports.
(14 min., 45 sec.)
As Badiou explains, wetland loss is significantly deteriorating Manitoba’s environment. Algae blooms on Lake Winnipeg and many other lakes in Manitoba are a symptom of increased nutrients delivered from upstream watersheds.
DUC wants the loss of wetlands in Manitoba to stop. DUC has conducted a multiphase research project to determine the impacts of wetland loss and associated drainage activity in the Broughton’s Creek watershed located in southwestern Manitoba. The research paints a clear but startling picture. We need the Government of Manitoba to develop an integrated wetland policy that includes financial incentives for landowners to protect and restore wetlands across the province.
The impact of wetland drainage and water quality should be of concern to all Manitobans. Wetland loss impacts our quality of life and our economic well-being and needs to be stopped immediately to prevent further deterioration of Manitoba’s water resources.
For more information, contact:
Duncan Morrison, email@example.com
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