Archive for Wetlands

Red River Basin Commission Land & Water International Summit Conference

The Red River Basin Commission invites you to join us in celebrating its 35th Annual Red River Basin Land & Water Summit Conference to be held January 23 – 25, 2018 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Finding Balance: Is There A New Normal In Water Management”.  You can find additional information on conference sessions here.

News Release – Province to Improve Health of Lakes and Waterways with Stronger Watershed Management

November 30, 2017 – The Manitoba government has introduced new proposed legislation (the Sustainable Watersheds Act) aimed at strengthening watershed management in the province through measures that would include protecting wetlands, improving approval processes and enforcement for drainage projects, and modernizing the conservation districts program, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires and Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

Manitoba’s Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Your input is important!

As you are likely aware, the province recently launched their Made in Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.  One of the pillars of this plan includes water.  Information and proposed suggestions on how to address water issues can be found on pages 9, 33-49 and 52.  You can download a copy of the plan here – Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and provide your comments regarding how the plan addresses water issue in the province here – views, ideas, and suggestions

Conservation Consultation Could Lead To Less Flooding In The Southeast

Aug. 28, Steinbach Online:

The District Manager of the Seine/Rat River Conservation District is expecting issues like localized flooding to get a lot more attention through a consultation process announced last week by the Manitoba Government. The province wants input on practices like water retention and wetland restoration that involve giving farmers incentives to make environmental improvements.

Jodi Goerzen says there has been a long history in our region of draining land to make it productive for agriculture. But she adds this has led to a lot of localized flooding year after year. Goerzen hopes the consultation will lead to a new way of doing things.

“Rather than drain, thinking about; How can I look at alternatives to drainage? How can I do something sustainable, maybe hold some of that water back? And, what are options? Maybe there’s a payment for this, maybe there’s a program for this, maybe there’s something in the conservation district that we can look through and look for some alternative options to show people that there are really great alternatives that benefit both the landowner and the community.” Read more.