It sure would be great to have access to the agricultural nutrients carried away by flood waters, as fertilizer prices continue to climbWhat a difference a year makes. Last year at this time all of southern Manitoba was in various stages of panic as forecasts revealed just how bad the 2011 flood might be. Ultimately our traditional flooding hot spot, the Red River Valley was mostly spared with a combination of manageable flows and decades of preparation.
Water is never far from the minds of Manitobans – incidents of catastrophic spring flooding across the Prairies and toxic algae washing up on the beaches of Lake Winnipeg this summer dominate our thinking. What may be less obvious is just how important sophisticated water management will be to ours and our children’s prosperity. Water
We ignore the lessons of the 2009 Red River flood at our peril. It reveals another reason why urban taxpayers should take an interest in what happens on the rural landscape. Well-managed agriculture can help keep basements dry, tax bills lower and give us an edge in adapting to climate change. Agricultural water management has