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Manitoba Launches Public Consultations on Watershed Planning Initiatives

Aug. 22, Provincial Government News Release:

The Manitoba government has launched public consultations on three new environmental initiatives, which will improve water management and modernize watershed planning, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

“Our government believes there are tremendous ecological opportunities to improve the future of our province through effective watershed management strategies,” said Squires.  “With the development of these watershed-based planning initiatives, our province will be better positioned to address the challenges of climate change, reduce nutrient loading in our lakes and waterways, protect against drainage and flooding, and improve water quality in partnership with landowners, stakeholders and other levels of government.”

Manitobans will be asked for input on a made-in-Manitoba program called GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW), a new partnership with farmers to create ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape.  It is based on the alternative land-use services model, originally developed in the province by Keystone Agricultural Producers and Delta Waterfowl Foundation.  It would encourage beneficial management practices like water retention, grassland restoration, wetland restoration or improved riparian area management by incenting farmers to create new environmental improvements in these areas. Read more.

Consultation documents are available at www.gov.mb.ca/sd.  Manitobans can submit comments to watershedconsult@gov.mb.ca or by mail until Oct. 6.

Manitoba experts fear N.D. water plan harmful here

Aug. 11, Winnipeg Sun:

A proposal to address drought in the U.S. by shifting water into the Red River Valley has sparked fears of invasive species and added pollution in Manitoba.

But those who support the Red River Valley Water Supply Project say it would send only treated water up to Canada and much less of it than a previous failed proposal envisioned.

The State of North Dakota has budgeted up to $30 million for the project, including $17 million for planning and permitting, and $13 million for construction, pending approvals. Duane DeKrey, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in North Dakota, said the project still awaits several approvals but he’s optimistic construction will be permitted. Read more.