What We Do
See research datasets shared on our DataHub. View, graph, download and share.
View documents related to research in the Nelson River Watershed in our open access library.
View datasets that have been mapped in our mapping geoportal. Some maps are interactive!
The Canadian Watershed Information Network (CANWIN) is a web based open access data and information network created by Environment Canada as part of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative under Canada’s Action Plan on clean water. It was created in order to help address key water quality issues within the lake and its contributing watersheds. In 2012 management of the network transferred to the University of Manitoba under CEOS.
The Nelson River Watershed covers over 1 million square km. It covers 4 (four) Canadian provinces and four (4) U.S. States. The CANWIN provides a central open access data hub where researchers, decision makers, government agencies, organizations and the community can visualize and view the WHO, WHAT WHEN and WHERE of the basin. (Who is working in the basin, and WHAT, WHEN and WHERE are they doing it?); Searchable maps and tables of research allow users to gain a better understanding of the projects and activities occurring within the basin.
The CANWIN aims to aids research, education and decision making in the basin through three key strategies: Aid Transparency, Build Understanding, Create Awareness.
These key strategies allow the CANWIN to facilitate the management of natural and anthropogenic resources in the basin by integrating multiple information and data sources and expertise into a central open access resource.
Profiling some of our researchers
Diane Adams, a metis student at the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health,hopes participating in a national fellowship to create clean energy strategies for Canada will help put an end to ‘energy poverty’ in Indigenous, rural and remote communities. Diane is also part of the Create H20 Program at the University of Manitoba. Congratulations Read more about A clean future – School of Public Health – University of Saskatchewan[…]
Great announcement by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada re: $25.7 M for funding for Lake Winnipeg. The Universty of Manitoba and CanWin’s very own Dr. Greg McCullough discusses what the fund may want to support. Dr. McCullough also represented CanWIN in an earlier invite only stakeholder meeting with the Minister!
American family can’t stay in Canada due to child’s epilepsy, developmental delay – Winnipeg Free Press
This family is a key point of contact for our researchers on the Manitoba Great Lakes Project.
The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will invest $25.7 million in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program, which is part of the $70.5-million funding allocated for freshwater protection in Budget 2017. This program is part of broader efforts by this Government to advance work on freshwater management Read more about Feds Invest $26M in the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program[…]
The Manitoba government has committed $6 million to ensure a supply of propane for the town of Churchill is sufficient to meet the community’s needs through the winter, Premier Brian Pallister announced today. “Our government has continued to focus on the safety and security of those in Churchill and the surrounding region affected by the Read more about Province of Manitoba | News Releases | Province Facilitates Propane Shipment to Churchill[…]
12-year-old Vaanan Murugathas will bring his do-it-yourself spectrometer to this weekend’s Maker Festival to shed light on how anyone hack their phone to measure water quality using just construction paper, a CD, and his mobile app.
BaySys (Hudson Bay System) Study 2017 research program cancelled due to Climate Change BaySys is a 4 year, $15 Million dollar comprehensive study that aims to contribute to an understanding of the relative contributions of climate change and regulation on the Hudson Bay system. The role of freshwater in Hudson Bay will be investigated through Read more about BaySys project in 2017 cancelled due to climate change[…]
World Water Day 2017 – LWF funds $21,000 in local water projects, including UM Manitoba Great Lakes Project
On March 22 – World Water Day – LWF staff and supporters gathered at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg to celebrate our shared waters and announce $21,000 in funding for four Manitoba-based projects. Researchers at the University of Manitoba are studying water quality in Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake Waterhen, combining satellite imagery with surface-water Read more about World Water Day 2017 – LWF funds $21,000 in local water projects, including UM Manitoba Great Lakes Project[…]
Video captures moment plastic enters food chain – BBC News A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. The footage shows one way that waste plastic could be entering the marine and global food chain. An estimated 150 million tonnes of Read more about See Dr. Kirby’s beautifully disturbing video of plankton ingesting plastic microfiber[…]