A funding increase should give Manitoba’s watershed districts some room to expand after previously maxing out provincial funds. “It’s a signal that the Manitoba government believes in the value of our work and wants to work with us to fill the blank spots on our map,” said Ray Frey, chair of the Manitoba Association of Watersheds
The province says it is on track to proclaim regulations that would transform conservation districts into watershed districts, but that didn’t stop district members from pressing for a promise. Dori Gingera-Beauchemin, deputy minister of agriculture and resource development, held a Q-and-A with Manitoba Conservation Districts Association members during their annual conference in Winnipeg on Dec.
A rearranging of Manitoba’s conservation districts into ‘watershed districts’ should streamline management and bring the districts more into line with their original intent. “Water does not follow political or administrative boundaries,” said Rochelle Squires, then minister of sustainable development, in a news release Oct. 11. “These proposed changes support our made-in-Manitoba climate and green plan
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
It’s not quite door to door, but the province’s next watershed investments will still look more to the individual landowner. The province has promised a $52-million endowment fund for the Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) program, a program the province says will be based around the ALUS, or alternative land use services, model. Why it
Big changes are ahead in 2019 for Manitoba’s conservation districts. The current 18 existing entities are merging into 14, afterward to be called watershed districts, and given expanded mandates for water management. New boundaries and name changes will be just part of a broad array of changes made to the program, as the provincial government
New water legislation tabled last week lays the foundation for an ecological goods and services program for Manitoba, say provincial ministers. The Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) program would offer farmers and other landowners incentives for farm practices that protect wetlands and promote better land management. It is based on the Alternative Land Use Services
Lakes, rivers, streams and well water high in nitrates will stay that way for another 35 years or more, even if farmers in those watersheds were to stop applying nitrogen (N) fertilizer on their fields today, a new study shows. The study of the Mississippi River basin, published Tuesday by Canadian and U.S. researchers, shows