Lake Winnipeg Watershed
About Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board
The Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board was part of a provincial action plan to help protect Lake Winnipeg. The Board's term ended in January 2010.
In early 2007, the Minister of Water Stewardship provided the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board with expanded terms of reference. The new Board has been asked:
• To use a consensus-based process to develop a basin-wide watershed management plan for Lake Winnipeg that would provide direction to and integrate individual basin plans under development by watershed authorities;
• To identify and assist with implementing further actions necessary to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus to pre-1970s levels in the lake as per the commitments in the Lake Winnipeg Action Plan of February 18, 2003;
• To provide advice through a consensus-based process on the establishment of long-term, ecologically-relevant water quality objectives for nutrients;
• To identify actions required to achieve long-term ecologically-relevant water quality objectives for nutrients;
• To consult broadly and provide advice to government on other measures in addition to nutrient reductions needed to restore the health of Lake Winnipeg;
• Through liaison with resources users, communities, scientists, and others, assist government in the preparation of periodic “state of the lake” reports. Included would be information on the status of government’s actions to implement the Board’s recommendations and the status of progress towards reaching nutrient reduction targets;
• To provide advice to government on the environment and resource management issues related to the sustainability of Lake Winnipeg’s ecosystem and its communities including management of the lake’s commercial and sport fisheries;
• To carry-out other initiatives related to the long-term health of Lake Winnipeg that may be identified by the Minister of Water Stewardship.
The Board's term ended in January 2010.
Most recent Board Membership:
Bill Barlow, Chair: William (Bill) Barlow, Chair: Bill currently serves as a director with the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium, is an active member of the Manitoba Water Council and the Manitoba Municipal Board, heads up economic development and planning activities as a Councillor (2006-2010) with amalgamated Municipality of Gimli, and is Gimli's representative to the East Interlake Conservation District executive. Bill served as Councillor (1980-1989) and Mayor (1989-2002) of the Town of Gimli. He enjoyed the challenges of teaching English and Drama at Gimli High School from 1969 until his retirement in 2004.
Sam Murdock, Vice Chair: Chief of Staff for the Southern Chiefs Organization Inc., a commercial fisher, and former Chief of the Fisher River First Nation. He also serves as a Director on the Board for the Lake Winnipeg Advisory Committee, and President of the Fisher River McBeth Fisheries. Past chairman and chief executive officer of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation, and also the current president of the Manitoba Commercial Fishers Federation.
Vice President - Rural Association of Manitoba Municipalities; Councillor - RM of Macdonald.
Garry Brown: Farms near Dugald. He was a long-time councillor for the RM of Springfield, and a former Chair of the Cooks Creek Conservation District.
Heidi Cook: Misipawistik Cree Nation, Project Manager (Traditional Lands & Waters, Greenhouse).
Dr. Don Flaten: is a soil scientist specializing in nutrient management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.
Keystone Agriculture Producers member, CEO of Interlake Forage Seeds.
Al Kristofferson: Managing Director of the Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium.
Robert T. Kristjanson: Commercial Fisher on Lake Winnipeg for over 50 years.
The Right Honourable Edward Schreyer: Former Premier of Manitoba (1967-77) and Governor General of Canada (1979- 1984), has also held the position of High Commissioner to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu. He has also been Visiting Professor of Resource Economics in Global Context at Universities in Canada and Germany.
Norman Stagg: Commercial fisher on Lake Winnipeg, and a former Chief of the Dauphin River First Nation. He is currently serving as an Economic Development Officer for Dauphin River First Nation.
Nick Szoke: Senior Wastewater Facilities Planning Engineer for the Water and Waste Department, City of Winnipeg. As a licenced professional engineer, he is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM). He is a long-standing member of the Canadian Public Works Association, Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association, and Water Environment Association.
Dwight Williamson: Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecological Services Division, Manitoba Water Stewardship.
Halina Zbigniewicz: Manager, Hydro Power Planning Department – Manitoba Hydro.
Randall Cripps Ex Officio Member
Regional Director General,
Environment Canada, Prairie and Northern Region, Edmonton.
Technical Secretariat – Sharon Gurney: Water Quality Specialist, Manitoba Water Stewardship.
Former Board Membership:
CASH, Kevin Alernate to John Carey. Ex Officio Member, Water Science and Technology Directorate, Science and Technology Branch, Environment Canada
CAREY, Dr. John, Ex Officio Member, Director General Environment Canada
Water Science and Technology
EINARSSON, Helgi – Commercial fisherman on north basin of Lake Winnipeg; agent of the Freshwater Fish marketing Board; lodge owner/operator on Dauphin River; Mayor of Dauphin River Community Council.
FELSCH, Les – Farmer and member of Keystone Agricultural Producers executive as the district 4 representative.
MITCHELL, Vera – Poplar River First Nations educator/administrator; advocate for First Nations People's rights, and for sustainable environment principals.
PAWLEY, Chris – Served three terms as member of Selkirk’s City Council; member of the Association of Rural Municipalities; and member of the Red River Basin Commission-North Chapter.
SALKI, Alex – Senior Research Biologist - Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) - Lake Winnipeg Project; Science Program Coordinator - Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium; steering committee member - Climate Change Connection; and member of the DFO Experimental Lakes Area Research Team.
SMITH, Bev – former councilor for Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Her commitment to the protection and sustainability of Lake Winnipeg is based on her historical and spiritual connection to the land and the lake, through her family and her community.
WASYLOWSKI, Gary – Beef cattle farmer; Reeve of the RM of Armstrong; and Rural Vice-President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.