The Citizens for Protecting Our Northern Waterways Inc. (CPONW) is a coalition of local citizen and business volunteers committed to the protection of pristine waterways in northern Manitoba.
There are representatives from The Pas, Clearwater Lake, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), Rocky Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon, Snow Lake, Thompson and Chemawawin First Nation.
The group’s focus has been preventing the spread of invasive zebra mussels, which can be transported to lakes by watercraft that have been in infected waters.
CPONW has three primary focus areas that include awareness, outreach and advocacy, resource material and government liaison.
“We work closely with the provincial government’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Unit,” said CPONW President Chris Smith. “Our group determined very early on that it was important to collaborate with them to work together, rather than doing something counter-productive. The AIS Unit monitors quite a number of lakes in Manitoba and in that, they have a group of lakes in an area that we’re interested in."
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