Alberta’s wetland policy is based on a wetland hierarchy of avoidance, minimization and replacement.  | File photo

Alta. wetlands confusion reported

When a government introduces a policy, most people have a basic question: what does this mean for me? In the case of the wetlands policy in Alberta, many farmers and landowners have been asking: what is this doing “to” me? But there’s another question that’s just as important, says a Ducks Unlimited Canada representative: what […] Read more

Manitoba farmers are confused and frustrated by the new 'no net loss' approach to wetlands rules. | File photo

Wetland regulations bog down Manitoba farmers

UPDATED: This story was updated to include comments from government. Wednesday October 28, 2020 – 1130 CST Last October, Manitoba’s government adopted a “no net loss” approach to wetlands. One year later, Manitoba farmers are confused and frustrated by the new rules. Few understand how the system is supposed to work, and anecdotal stories are […] Read more

Wetlands can vary in their relative value to the environment and a new guide has been designed to help with designations.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Identifying wetlands gains new importance in eastern Prairies

First step to new rules related to draining and other management of soggy land is proper identification

Identifying a wetland on farmland seems straightforward. It’s part of the field where there is water, bulrushes and ducks. However, like many things in life, it’s not that simple. There are five classifications of wetlands and separating a Class 2 wetland from a Class 3 can be complicated. That distinction is particularly important in Manitoba, […] Read more


Ducks Unlimited and other groups are pleased by new legislation to protect wetlands in Manitoba.
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Man. wetlands bill gets farmer approval

Ducks Unlimited and other groups are pleased by new legislation to protect wetlands in Manitoba. The bill, called the Sustainable Watersheds Act, will increase penalties for illegal drainage and provide financial incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands, retain water and better manage riparian areas. Scott Stephens, Ducks Unlimited Canada director of operations […] Read more

Manitoba introduced legislation yesterday that could fundamentally change how water and wetlands are managed in the province. | File photo

Man. looks to change wetlands management rules

Manitoba introduced legislation November 30 that could fundamentally change how water and wetlands are managed in the province. The Bill, known as the Sustainable Watersheds Act, will increase penalties for illegal drainage, establish nutrient run-off targets to keep track of water quality and provide financial incentives to farmers who adopt practices that restore wetlands, retain […] Read more


Manitoba's former NDP government introduced surface water management legislation last year that would have had a lasting impact on rural landowners. The NDP failed to introduce the bill for a vote in the legislature, so it never became law. 
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Ducks Unlimited wants wetlands law re-introduced in Manitoba

Ducks Unlimited Canada is calling on the Manitoba government to pass legislation protecting wetlands as soon as possible. Manitoba’s former NDP government introduced surface water management legislation last year that would have had a lasting impact on rural landowners. The NDP failed to introduce the bill for a vote in the legislature, so it never […] Read more