All of Society Must Contribute to Solving Lake Winnipeg Water Quality Problems Says the Coordinator of the University of Manitoba’s Watershed Systems Research Program

Aug 10, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Dr. Selena Randall – University of Manitoba 

The University of Manitoba’s Watershed Systems Research Program was created in response to recommendations from the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission and the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board to conduct research aimed at developing new approaches that can reduce the negative impacts of agriculture on surface water, and to coordinate with others conducting water systems research within the Lake Winnipeg watershed.

Dr. Selena Randall, the Watershed Systems Research Program coordinator, says there’s plenty of interest among the public in how can the lake be cleaned up and what’s being done.

Dr. Selena Randall-University of Manitoba states:

In terms of the watershed more generally, there’s a lot of interest, particularly amongst farmers, in understanding what’s happening, and who needs to do work to improve things.

There’s been some blame placed on hog farmers recently, which targets a particular sector, and that’s not necessarily…I wouldn’t say it was totally fair to target any particular sector.

We have to work with all sectors.

We have to research all of the sources of nutrients and come up with the solutions, and it’s not just farming.

It’s also rural communities and their sewage inputs, it’s runoff from hard standing areas, roads, parking lots, built up areas.

There will be a contribution there to a small extent.

So there should be widespread interest really.

We can’t point the finger at any one group and say it’s your fault.

We all need to play a part in solving the problem.

Dr. Randall says although the Watershed Systems Research Program was set up in 2010, its work is just getting underway with the appointment of a senior research chair and a research development coordinator.

For UniversityNews.Org, I’m Bruce Cochrane. 

*University News is a presentation of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences

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