Lake Winnipeg named as 'threatened lake of the year'

Germany’s Global Nature Fund named Lake Winnipeg as its “threatened lake of the year” for 2013, citing increased agricultural runoff and sewage. The non-profit group said the finding was surprising, given Manitoba’s sparse population—which is unlike previous “winners” in India, Peru and Colombia. Manitobans, however, won’t be taken aback: pollution on one of Canada’s biggest freshwater lakes, fed by rivers that stretch across the Prairies and into North Dakota, has been a problem for years.