Consultation on Manitoba's New Watershed Based Policy Framework

The Province of Manitoba is proposing a series of initiatives as part of a new watershed-based policy framework to streamline and coordinate provincial programs and initiatives in the geographic context of watersheds. This proposed shift in decision making and activities towards a watershed-based approach will support economically and environmentally sound decision making around ecological goods and services and surface water management in our province.

The framework will support the Manitoba government's mandate to:

  • implement a program based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) model to help reduce flooding and improve water quality and nutrient management, in partnership with landowners, non-government organizations, and federal and municipal governments;
  • implement watershed-based planning for drainage and water resource management with a goal of no net loss of water retention capacity in watersheds; and
  • develop a made-in-Manitoba climate action plan that includes land use and conservation measures that sequester carbon and foster adaptation to climate change.

We invite you to review the following online discussion papers:

GRowing Outcomes In Watersheds

GRowing Outcomes In Watersheds (GROW) - new watershed-based programming for farmers, based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) model, to create ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management- a streamlined and more balanced watershed-based approach to drainage and water control works licensing that reduces red tape, protects wetlands and watershed retention capacity and enhances drainage inspection, consistency and enforcement tools

Modernization of Manitoba's Conservation Districts Program

Modernization of Manitoba's Conservation Districts Program - a roadmap to strengthen watershed planning, better support partnerships with Indigenous communities and delivers measurable outcomes in the health and resiliency of watersheds

The consultation period closed on October 6, 2017. Thank you for your feedback.

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