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Don Cruikshank demonstrates how field runoff water samples are collected.

VIDEO: Touring the ebbs and flows on the Manitoba Escarpment, Part Two

Monitoring stations and water filtration systems further research in south Tobacco Creek watershed

Years of research by the Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association have given it a broad understanding of what’s been happening in the south Tobacco Creek watershed. Under its guidance, the project has been adjusted for a variety of conventional and modern agricultural practices in order to measure how each differently impacts water quality throughout the cycle. The

VIDEO: Touring the ebbs and flows on the Manitoba Escarpment, Part One

Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association studying effects of soil erosion, flooding

The Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association is known for its innovative conservation work on the Manitoba Escarpment’s south Tobacco Creek watershed, a little over 110 km southwest of Winnipeg. Provided with funding from all levels of government and farmer-land owners, the association has built small dams to slow runoff and reduce soil erosion and


Looking back in time. David Lobb, the University of Manitoba’s senior research chair, watershed systems, and professor, landscape ecology, explains some of the geology in the South Tobacco Creek Watershed July 22 to scientists attending the joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Manitoba Soil Science Society and Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

National soil science meeting meets Manitoba mud

A look back in time on Manitoba's escarpment — and a vision of what the future could be

Dale and Caroline Steppler’s farm on the Manitoba Escarpment was shaped by glaciers, 
but today the challenge is keeping nutrients from running down to Lake Winnipeg

In an abandoned shale pit a busload of muddied-shoed soil scientists from across Canada and beyond peer back millions of years into the geological history of this part of the Manitoba Escarpment west of Miami. Marine dinosaur fossils are routinely discovered nearby in the bentonite clay formed from prehistoric volcanic ash. They once swam in

Wheat board signs first handling agreement with Cargill

It took awhile, but the Canadian Wheat Board announced its first handling agreement with a grain company last week and promises more to come. “These are important negotiations so we’re working through them carefully and meticulously,” Dave Simonot, the board’s director of Farm Services told farmers attending the Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association’s annual

WEBs II Funding Announced

The impact farming has on water quality and ways to mitigate it will continue to be studied in Manitoba thanks to $1.8 million in new funding under the federal government’s Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices (WEBs) project. “The WEBs program is really about efficiency,” Les McEwan, president of the Deerwood Soil and Water Management


Revenue From Wetlands

When the health of Lake Erie began to deteriorate in the 1960s, the world noticed. Its problems were visible to millions of people in two countries who live around or near that lake, and it wasn’t hard to find public support for measures to restore it to health. It’s been different for Lake Winnipeg. While

Delaying The Drainage

As Manitoba braces for what could be another Flood of the Century a mere 14 years after the last one, the calls are mounting across the province for governments to do something about this province’s ongoing and seasonal excess moisture situation. It doesn’t help that Manitoba has had significant floods in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009

Changing Of The Guard At Deerwood

Local lore has it that one of the reasons Bill Turner devoted more than two decades of his life to seemingly mundane tasks such as capping off abandoned wells dates back to his childhood. As a nine-year-old, Turner was peering down an old well shaft when a mischievous older schoolboy gave him a little nudge


On “The Nature Of Things”

The Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association and the research taking place on the South Tobacco Creek Watershed will be part of a program on Lake Winnipeg featured on CBC Television’s “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki” Thursday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

New Filter Removes P From Water

“It’s affordable to point where we think individual farmers could run it.” – ROBERT GERVAIS When farmer and longtime conservationist Gordon Orchard first heard about a relatively simple process for removing dissolved phosphorus from water he thought it was too good to be true. After all, there’s no disputing there’s too much of it in