Minnesota has formally joined a growing list of signatories to the Lake Friendly Accord aimed at increasing efforts to protect water quality across the Lake Winnipeg basin. Lake Winnipeg is located in Manitoba, Canada, but its watershed extends into in Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as the northeastern tip of South Dakota.
"I am very pleased that Minnesota is the first U.S. state to sign the Lake Friendly Accord," says Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine, who signed the accord on behalf of the State of Minnesota, along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
"The MPCA’s mission is to protect and improve the environment and enhance human health. I wholeheartedly embrace the goal of improving water quality by reducing nutrients that emanate from Minnesota's lands and waters. It is a goal that, if achieved, will benefit Lake Winnipeg as well as Minnesota's lakes, river, and streams."
The Red River is the single largest source of nutrients going into to Lake Winnipeg, and Minnesota is helping to lead the way in pursing nutrient reduction measures in the Lake Winnipeg basin.
Nutrients and algal blooms are an important issue across the Lake Winnipeg basin, which stretches across one million square kilometres through Canada and the United States including parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Manitoba.
For more information on the accord, visit www.manitoba.ca/lakefriendlyaccord.
Shown at the Accord signing Jan. 20 in Winnipeg are MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine (left), Manitoba Minister of Conservation and Waters Gord Mackintosh, Minnesota DNR Director of Waters Kent Lokkesmoe, and Rick Gamble, mayor of the city of Dunnottar in Manitoba.