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Watershed districts optimistic about provincial funding

The four per cent increase in funds may mean waiting municipalities can join the watershed district program

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

A flooded field in the RM of St. Andrews, March 2017.

Province on track to proclaim watershed regulations

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.

“Water does not follow political or administrative boundaries.” – Rochelle Squires.

Manitoba’s conservation districts to be revamped

Plans to realign districts along watershed lines have been in discussion for years

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

“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

The understanding of how landscapes offer ecological goods and services has grown and matured since the earliest ALUS projects.

Province turns to ALUS for watershed conservation lessons

The provincially announced endowment fund will produce about $2.5 million every year to pay landowners for conservation projects on their land

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

The proposed watershed districts.

New era begins for conservation districts in 2019

Amalgamations will reduce the number of conservation districts from 18 to 14, hereafter to be called watershed districts

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

Manitoba is getting new legislation aimed at protecting watersheds in the province.

Province tables Sustainable Watersheds Act

Incentives would be offered landowners who protect wetlands 
and adopt other beneficial land management practices

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