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DUC encouraged by development of Surface Water Management Strategy in Manitoba

Action such as wetland protection and restoration flowing from a province-wide Surface Water Management Strategy is necessary to help mitigate floods and droughts as well as reduce the amounts of nutrients that end up in Manitoba’s beautiful water bodies, like Lake Winnipeg, above.

Stonewall, Manitoba, April 4, 2012 Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) applauds the Manitoba government for their commitment to develop a province-wide Surface Water Management Strategy. Protecting the health of Lake Winnipeg and many other beautiful lakes and waterways in Manitoba is a priority for the government. Action such as wetland protection and restoration flowing from such a strategy is necessary to help mitigate floods and droughts as well as reduce the amounts of nutrients that end up in our lake.

DUC participated in a day-long summit hosted by the Manitoba Water Council with representatives from conservation districts and many other stakeholders from across the province who are all participating in the development of the strategy.

“There was much consensus from stakeholders on the need for action,” said Greg Bruce, head industry and government relations, DUC. “Wetland conservation was a significant topic of discussion at the summit. We applaud Minister Mackintosh for recognizing the value wetlands play in water management and look forward to assisting the government with this new strategy.”

Minister Mackintosh indicated that effective water management includes protecting wetlands to create healthier wetlands and upstream water storage, which is a first step toward better protecting farmers and municipalities from small to medium floods or droughts.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

For more information, contact:

Gillian Potvin, g_potvin@ducks.ca
National Manager, Media Strategy
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Office: (204) 467-3202
Cell: (204) 792-3678