Consultations began on Jan. 1, on a proposed nutrient targets regulation under the Water Protection Act, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced recently.
“Lake Winnipeg is one of Manitoba’s greatest treasures, and the Manitoba government remains committed to improving water quality and reducing the frequency and severity of algal blooms,” said Pedersen.
The minister noted that establishing and implementing nutrient objectives and targets is expected to help Manitoba’s collective nutrient reduction efforts by helping guide future nutrient reduction activities, implementing best practices, identifying priorities and tracking progress over time.
The development of nutrient targets is a proactive approach to water management and will also improve the co-ordination of watershed activities, enhance watershed plan development and implementation and make it easier for partners to allocate financial resources where they will provide the most benefit to the watershed, he added.
To learn more about the proposed nutrient targets regulation and to provide comments, visit the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal at https://reg.gov.mb.ca. Comments are invited through Feb. 26, 2021.