Who Uses Lake Winnipeg?
* FISHERIES with an annual landed value approaching $25 million. Loss of the fisheries would cause social disruption of fisheries based communities. * MANITOBA HYDRO uses Lake Winnipeg as the third largest reservoir in the world. Manitoba Hydro generates $350 – 580 million per year in export power sales. * RECREATION and TOURISM, which generates more than $100 million per year. * DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES on the Nelson River rely on the water quality of the lake for drinking water and indigenous fisheries. Lake Winnipeg water quality influences the productivity and biota found in the Nelson delta of Hudson Bay. Check back soon for new Lake Facts about Lake Winnipeg! Other General Water Facts:? Because 70% of the Earth is covered by water, it is called the Blue Planet. Yet only 2.5% of the worlds water is freshwater, while 97.5% is oceans. Only 0.3% of the worlds freshwater is available from rivers, lakes and reservoirs; 30% is groundwater, while the rest is stored in distant glaciers, ice