The Arrow-Oak Integrated Watershed Management Plan

The Arrow-Oak River integrated watershed management plan encompasses the area of land which contributes water to the Assiniboine River, including tributaries such as the Oak and Arrow Rivers, Bosshill, and Gopher Creeks, and Shoal Lake. The Upper Assiniboine Conservation District and Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District are leading plan implementation in partnership with the Provincial government and a team of supporting agencies, interest groups and watershed residents.

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It takes approximately two years to develop an integrated watershed management plan. The timeline on the right illustrates plan development progress.

Once a plan is implemented the water planning authority can publish reports which track process on achieving planning goals.

Arrow-Oak Watershed Objectives/Goals

  • To enhance, maintain and protect safe drinking water sources
  • To maintain and restore natural areas in the watershed
  • To manage water from the top to the bottom of the watershed to minimize damage to natural ecosystems and human activities
  • To reduce nutrient and bacteria input into lakes and streams in the watershed
In the development of an integrated watershed management plan the planning team invites a variety of groups to comment on issues important to them in the watershed. A summary of public comments can be found here once consultations have been held.


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The planning team asks technical experts and relevant stakeholder groups to provide information and issues about the watershed. A significant amount of valuable information is provided by:

Manitoba Environment, Climate and Parks

The planning team also works to review any relevant

Sometimes the technical information is summarized in a separate summary document, and sometimes technical information is summarized with the watershed plan. Through a series of meetings with representatives from the conservation districts, and a broad range of technical and stakeholder representatives, a draft plan is developed. Once this plan is reviewed by the public, the water planning authority and the Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks, the approved plan is published and plan actions are implemented.