Conservation districts in the Red River Basin are designed to help landowners protect land and water resources.  |  File photo

Conservation districts under-used

How are you using your local conservation district? Or let’s rephrase: are you using your conservation district? The Red River Basin is fortunate to have a great presence from our conservation districts throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. Conservation districts are local units of government required by law to carry out natural resource management programs. […] Read more

Watershed stewardship programs will not receive funds through an Alberta government grant program this year. | File photo

Alta. watershed programs lose gov’t funding

Watershed stewardship programs will not receive funds through an Alberta government grant program this year. The program has been running since 2006 and in that time had allocated $1.8 million for 127 community based watershed groups. However, the Land Stewardship Centre, which redistributes the provincial grant money to groups that apply, learned at the end […] Read more

Randy Slagar, left, Char Slagar and Myles Thorpe travelled to southern Manitoba to talk with farmers and drainage businesses about how to achieve environmentally sensitive drainage.  |  Ed White photo

Man. group eager to have farmer input on water drainage

WINKLER, Man. — Adam Wiebe took time off from his spring farming preparations to attend a day-long meeting about managed drainage. He left the meeting, which he had heard about only the day before, as a new board member for the Manitoba Agricultural Water Management Association. That’s exactly what association president Chris Unrau was hoping […] Read more


Drainage issues can pit farmer against farmer if improperly carried out. Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency hopes to redesign the drainage approval process to smooth over some of the disputes.  |  File photo

Water drainage change promised

New regulations | Respondents said agency should step up enforcement and issue penalties

WHITEWOOD, Sask. — Only 500 people participated in Saskatchewan’s online consultations on agricultural drainage, far below the 1,500 farmers officials had hoped to hear from. However, the findings from that forum and follow-up meetings are being compiled into a final report, and Doug Johnson, acting executive director of integrated water services with the Water Security […] Read more

Wetlands help retain water and reduce the severity of flooding.  |  File photo

Wetland drainage ads spark discussion

Change starts with dialogue. Talking about the issues that are important to our environment, our families and our future is the best, and only, way to find solutions. Ducks Unlimited Canada’s provincial advertising campaign, Drainage Hurts, has generated much dialogue, which we hope will lead to positive changes in the way we manage Sask-atchewan’s landscape. […] Read more