Manitoba Hydro has committed more than $1.35 million over six years to help fund further research into ongoing water quality and biological changes in Lake Winnipeg.
The first installment of the $1.35 million includes $226,000 for the current year ending March 31 and equivalent funding for the next five years.
“As we look to further develop the hydroelectric potential of the Nelson River, research will become even more critical,” said Bob Brennan, president and CEO of Manitoba Hydro. “Lake Winnipeg is an important part of Manitoba Hydro’s operations. We are very interested in supporting solid scientific research, like that facilitated by the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, which will add to our collective understanding of the lake and any changes that are occurring.”
The funding represents approximately one-third of the annual operating budget for the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, which was formed to facilitate multi-disciplinary research on Manitoba’s largest lake and to promote educational opportunities as part of the research. Manitoba Hydro is a founding member of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium and has provided over $1.5 million in funding to date, helping the consortium collect biological and biophysical data that has been the foundation of ongoing research into the history and health of Lake Winnipeg.