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Conservation District leader in innovative approach to address flooding in Manitoba

Stonewall, Manitoba, May 28, 2012Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is encouraged by the forward-thinking recommendations of the Turtle Mountain Conservation District (TMCD) to deal with and prevent flooding around the area of Whitewater Lake, one of Manitoba’s Candidate Heritage Marshes. Last year, during extremely wet conditions, the lake reached such high levels that it spilled into the Medora Creek in southwestern Manitoba. Flooding in the area affected agricultural lands and infrastructure.

The TMCD led the charge in approaching multiple municipalities to get their feedback and suggestions in order to find the most effective solutions to the problems. One proposed solution was an outlet from Whitewater Lake into Medora Creek. Through these consultations with municipalities and the public, the TMCD Board and the Watershed Planning Authority for the East Souris River Watershed recommended that, instead of an outlet, resources should focus on reversing the trend of upstream drainage, as well as an adequate long-term compensation package for flooded landowners.

“Ducks Unlimited Canada would like to congratulate the Turtle Mountain Conservation District for their integrated approach and leadership in finding solutions to prevent flooding in Manitoba,” said Scott Stephens, director of regional operations – prairies, DUC. “Drainage is an issue that causes hardship to both municipalities and landowners. We commend the conservation district for addressing the root of the problem, rather than focusing only on the symptoms.”

Dealing with complex water management issues can sometimes be difficult, but the TMCD has shown foresight and fortitude in making the right decisions.

This is another positive step-forward in confirming that drainage is a problem that is negatively impacting wetlands across Canada. Healthy wetlands are critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, and help to retain water during floods and ensure water quality for wells, reservoirs, rivers and lakes. DUC continues to work closely with government and industry across Canada to strengthen regulations, programs and policies to ensure wetlands are protected.

More information can be found on the TMCD website at www.tmcd.ca.

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