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ALUS Little Saskatchewan River program co-ordinator Colleen Cuvelier (left), and ALUS Canada’s Prairie hub manager, Paige Englot (right), on an ALUS project site in Manitoba.

Room to GROW

Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects, like those funded under the GROW Trust, have typically been underdeveloped, experts say

Manitoba has a chance to set a precedent with the way it monitors outcomes from the GROW Trust, says Lara Ellis, ALUS Canada’s senior vice-president of policy and partnerships. Monitoring and evaluation of conservation projects like those under the GROW Trust have “never been that developed,” Ellis said. The first three projects under the GROW

Conservation districts need to step up their visibility with the public said Open Farm Day
co-ordinator Wendy Bulloch, a speaker at the 41st annual meeting of the MCDA last week.

Snowstorm keeps many — but not all — away from 41st MCDA AGM

Strategic plan, funding needs were discussed and ideas exchanged during smaller-than-planned MCDA meeting in Brandon Dec. 6 to 8

A massive snowstorm kept away nearly half the delegates — about 160 — trying to travel to Brandon for the Manitoba Conservation District Association’s annual meeting, which was held from Dec. 6-8. Numerous speakers also cancelled, but that resulted in some delegates successfully coaxed into taking their place, giving the event a new local tone. MCDA


An aerial view of Stephenfield Lake, a reservoir that provides fresh water to communities in the Boyne-Morris River watershed.

Water management planning begins for Boyne-Morris watershed

The two-year process will include public meetings to identify water management priorities

Two southern Manitoba conservation districts will be working with local residents and the provincial government over the next two years to develop an integrated watershed management plan for the Boyne and Morris River watershed. An integrated watershed management plan (IWMP) is developed co-operatively by stakeholders (watershed residents, interest groups) and all levels of government to

Surface water management strategy a sustainable development imperative

It sure would be great to have access to the agricultural nutrients carried away 
by flood waters, as fertilizer prices continue to climb

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time all of southern Manitoba was in various stages of panic as forecasts revealed just how bad the 2011 flood might be. Ultimately our traditional flooding hot spot, the Red River Valley was mostly spared with a combination of manageable flows and decades of preparation.

Step In The Right Direction

Our hats off to Pembina Valley, Assiniboine Hills, and Turtle Mountain conservation districts, which have recently completed the Pembina River Integrated Watershed Management Plan. Thirty years ago, it was considered a real accomplishment when a group of neighbouring municipalities joined together to form a conservation district. After all, they were committing to co-operate on some


Report Urges New Approach To Water Management

“If you drain, you might be shooting yourself in the foot.” – HANK VENEMA, IISD Manitoba needs a new water policy, with watershed management as the cornerstone, to prepare for the coming impact of a changing global climate, a newly released report says. The strategy should emphasize conserving water on the land instead of draining

Province funds watershed planning

These plans are considered vital to the province-wide push to implement watershed plans. Four conservation districts have received additional funding to develop their Integrated Watershed Management Plans. These plans are considered vital to the province-wide push to implement watershed plans. Cheques of $25,000 were issued to four C. D. managers on the opening day of

C. D. reaps benefits of plan

The Turtle Mountain Conservation District is moving forward rapidly and accessing funding pots that weren’t available before. Last year, the district became the first to have a provincially approved Integrated Watershed Management Plan. The approval allowed the board to prioritize its programming and better focusing on the watershed’s needs. To date, it remains the only