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The Assiniboine River Basin encompasses the Qu’Appelle, Souris and Assiniboine sub-basins, across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota and is 
162,000 square kilometres in size, which is approximately the same size as the entire state of North Dakota.

Federal investment kick-starts Aquanty project

The Aquanty project is said to be a game changer in how the province will address 
future water management issues within the Assiniboine River Basin

A computer program capable of analyzing the effects of land use and simulating mitigation strategies of an entire river basin seems like a concept stolen from a futuristic movie. However, a $1.1-million investment from the federal government has put the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) on track for developing just that — a multi-faceted

Once highly productive pastures along the Upper Assiniboine River near the Shellmouth Dam are now saturated with water after years of repeat flooding.

Frustrations rising along the river’s edge

Producers operating in close proximity to the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to St. Lazare are struggling to stay afloat

It happens ever year, no matter how wet or dry conditions have been. Water lays in the pastures and fields along the Upper Assiniboine River downstream from the Shellmouth Dam. Cliff Trinder, who runs a cattle operation with 32 miles of river frontage near Russell, describes the situation as “a mess” and says it’s high


Province’s water needs action not rhetoric

Current water management practices disrespectful and disruptive to rural Manitobans

Deferral of essential water management infrastructure and management in recent years, combined with serious problems of climate change, is frustrating Manitoba’s economic growth and environmental health. Both objectives resonate with the public. Rhetoric about “fixing Lake Manitoba’s water levels,” and cleaning up Lake Winnipeg in terms of algae, sedimentation and erosion, highlights the problems but

Manitoba conservation districts are looking at establishing soil health programs to demonstrate how to increase water infiltration.

Conservation districts aim to improve water infiltration

Cover crops could be the key to building higher organic matter and catching water

The best place to store water is where it falls. That’s the conclusion of four Manitoba conservation districts that are banding together to launch a new project that will demonstrate how to build organic matter in soil and make it a sink for rainfall and meltwater. “Our surface water management strategy has been built on

Literature review for research on manured, tile-drained land being sought

Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Inc. wants to see what scientists 
have already discovered and consider how it might fit under Manitoba conditions

Tile-drained fields can remove surplus subsurface moisture improving crop-growing conditions, but there’s also a risk after manure is applied that nutrients and pathogens could leave the field in that water. The Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative Inc. (MLMMI) wants to find out what scientists already know about mitigating nutrient losses in fields with controlled tile


New infrastructure spending should include rural Manitoba

Lake Manitoba control and on-farm water management and storage should be among the priorities

Manitoba has several major infrastructure issues that must be addressed soon. All relate to water, environment and economic needs, and are connected to climate change. The Government of Canada has promised a significant expenditure on infrastructure over the next three years. Manitoba will have to get in line for its share, and it will require

New drainage regulations in Saskatchewan ‘good first step’

Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency’s phased-in approach over 10 years will lead to more 
carefully planned drainage and reduced downstream impacts

A new approach to drainage regulation rolled out this month by Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency is being called a good first step, but rural leaders say they’re anxious to hear more details. Herb Cox, provincial official responsible for the WSA said September 1 new regulations are the first phase of an agricultural water management strategy



The area is being destroyed by too much water.

Whitewater Lake region under threat

Excess water covering dikes and boardwalks and burying farmland and roads

On a recent visit to Whitewater Lake in southwestern Manitoba, my husband and I were dismayed to see first hand the impact that excess water is having on the area. Years ago we made our first trip there and enjoyed walking on the long dikes and boardwalks, surrounded by a variety of water birds and

A worker cleans photovoltaic solar panels inside a solar power plant at Raisan village near Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, February 11, 2014.

A new climate-smart cash crop — sunshine

Selling surplus solar energy to the grid is a triple-win scenario in India

London / Thomson Reuters Foundation – A pioneering project in one of India’s sunniest states has led to one farmer harvesting what could become the country’s most climate-smart cash crop yet — sunshine. A pilot project by Sri Lanka-based non-profit International Water Management Institute (IWMI) offered farmers the opportunity to sell excess energy generated by solar