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“The marsh is not a marsh right now. It is a muddy water waste hole.” – Steve Strang, Red River Basin Commission.

Red tape sees marsh renewal project delayed

A pilot project would begin to restore the Netley-Libau marsh, which once filtered harmful nutrients out of the water flowing into Lake Winnipeg

A pilot project to revitalize the “kidney” of Lake Winnipeg will be delayed until next year due to red tape, the project committee announced August 30. “Every day that passes by is a day the Netley Marsh (which is the largest coastal wetlands in North America) could begin its journey back to being a healthy

Tile drainage template will aid municipalities

The goal is to help municipalities better understand the issues for better outcomes

Municipalities in Manitoba now have a document they can use for guidance when integrating tile drainage into drainage bylaws. This is a newly released tile drainage bylaw template, a project led by the Red River Basin Commission and various partners to help local governments better understand this subsurface drainage system used by more and more


Tile drainage’s benefits to their operation have included reversing soil salinity, said Souris-area farmer Aaron Hargreaves, an Ag Days speaker.

Getting the most from tile drainage

Ag Days speakers emphasize there’s no one-size-fits-all tile drainage system for Manitoba

There’s no doubt tile drainage can boost productivity and profitability. Just don’t assume it should look just like the neighbour’s system. Anyone eyeing the better yield prospects and earlier field access it offers must have a thorough understanding of how the subsurface pipe system works in their specific field conditions, Ag Days speakers said. ‘Should

George Gray, reeve of RM of Dufferin, spoke at the Manitoba Planning Conference earlier this spring about why Dufferin came to adopt its own tile drainage bylaw.

Dufferin’s tile drainage bylaw a ‘template’ for others

The Red River Basin Commission is currently guiding development of a tile drainage 
bylaw template based on the RM’s work

Rural municipalities are responsible for controlling drainage, and a few years ago the RM of Dufferin realized that needed to include tile drains. Former reeve, Shawn McCutcheon saw tiling becoming more widely adopted, and could see need for a made-in-Dufferin approach to managing it, said current reeve, George Gray. “We knew it was going to

One more webinar remains in the four-part series, sponsored by the Red River Basin Commission.

Four-part webinar series takes tile drainage education into the digital age

A recent educational effort by Agriculture Manitoba and the Red River Basin Commission means farmers are staying home to take in information on tile drainage

Manitoba Agriculture and the Red River Basin Commission have taken to the web on tile drainage. A series of four webinars is running until March 18, with topics spanning the on-farm benefits, downstream implications, environmental concerns and government considerations of tile drainage. “It’s established in other places, such as south of the border, but here


The importance of composting

Understanding how to make and use compost important as problem of waste disposal continues to grow

Compost is decomposed organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It provides many essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore is often used as fertilizer. Compost also improves soil structure so that soil can easily hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air. It improves the texture of both clay soils

Saline soils, plant growth problems linked to tillage practices

Research on saline soils underway, but at least one cause points to over-tilling

Here in the Red River basin, most fields in crop production are tilled one or more times each year, whether with cultivators, disks or deep tillers. The resulting fields look well cared for — good farming is often associated with well-tilled fields. In many places in the basin, however, farmers are noticing areas of fields

Support for Assiniboine River water commission grows

Stakeholders will meet again at November convention in Regina to formalize organization

The push to create a water commission for the Assiniboine River Basin is gaining momentum following the catastrophic flooding in western Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan this spring. “This ongoing (flooding) event has certainly heightened awareness of the need for a basin-wide agency,” said Wanda McFadyen, who was hired by the Prairie Improvement Network to manage


The Assiniboine River Basin (ARB) Initiative aims to bring together stakeholders who have an interest in sustainable water management of the Qu’Appelle, Souris and Assiniboine river basins.

Virden meeting draws ideas together for improved water management in Assiniboine River Basin

The Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) hosted a grassroots workshop on March 26 to explore development of a sustainable management structure for Assiniboine River Basin

Work began this week on a comprehensive plan for managing water in the Assiniboine River Basin. About 140 representatives of municipalities and counties plus water-governing organizations and associations from Manitoba, North Dakota and Saskatchewan gathered in Virden March 26 for a workshop to define water management issues and needs of the Assiniboine River Basin. Organizers