Manitoba government-funded trust leverages millions for watershed projects

The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has announced $5.6 million in funding for new conservation projects under the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust and the Conservation Trust.

The trusts, set up by the Manitoba government, will help fund watershed programs to improve the environment and assist farmers in perpetuity. And as hoped, when the trust money is allocated it attracts additional private funds — in this case $9 million.

“The importance of this is leveraging industry and private money,” Manitoba Agriculture and Resources Minister Blaine Pedersen said in an interview July 23. “We’re tripling up the money actually besides the trust.”

The MHHC approves, tracks and evaluates projects funded through the trusts.

Earlier this year, 23 projects received $1.8 million in funding through the trusts.

For more information, visit the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation website.

Pedersen and Premier Brian Pallister visited two watershed projects July 22 to see first hand how the funding is used.

Watch the Manitoba Co-operator for more on GROW projects in this week’s edition.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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