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Pembina Valley Conservation District celebrates 30th year

Pembina Valley Conservation District reflected on its past, present and future with a 30th anniversary celebration on November 20.

On January 1, the district will be renamed the Pembina Valley Watershed District and realigned along watershed lines as part of the province’s reform of the conservation districts, PVCD said in a news release.

PVCD was formed in 1989 during the drought of the 1980s to manage surface water, said manager Cliff Greenfield in the release.

“Since then the district has worked to meet the challenges of both too wet and too dry conditions,” said Greenfield. “Climate models predict even more tumultuous and changeable weather for this region with more extremes expected. This year may be a harbinger of the future with both drought and excess moisture hampering agricultural production.”

The province announced Oct. 11 that it had launched public consultations on two draft regulations, which would realign the current conservation districts into districts based on watershed boundaries.

They would also add flexibility to regulations handling board contracts and agreements related to water and soil projects, according to a provincial news release.

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