The Assiniboine-Birdtail Integrated Watershed Management Plan

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The Assiniboine-Birdtail integrated watershed management plan encompasses the area of land which contributes water to the Assiniboine River, including tributaries such as Birdtail, Minnewasta, Silver, Thunder, Deerhorn, and Scissor Creeks. The Upper Assiniboine Conservation District and Lake of the Prairies Conservation District are leading plan implementation in partnership with the Provincial government and a team of supporting agencies, interest groups and watershed residents. Assiniboine-Birdtail Watershed

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 progress on achieving planning goals.

Assiniboine Birdtail Watershed Goals

  • To provide tools and knowledge to empower residents to safeguard all of our drinking water sources
  • To increase knowledge and address data gaps to improve groundwater quality and quantity
  • To identify surface water management issues and implement sustainable water management strategies
  • To have surface water of a quality which does not limit human activity or impair ecological function
  • To achieve a balance between human and ecological interests by conserving and restoring natural features on the landscape
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 the planning process and public comments can be found here.  If you are interested in commenting on land and water issues important to you in your watershed, click on the provide a comment tab, above.

Issue Summary

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Once a plan is initiated in an area a memorandum of understanding is developed between the water planning authority and the Province of Manitoba. The planning team then lays out the terms of the plan, including the timeline, budget, and scope of work.

Public consultations are held to better understand the concerns and issues of the watershed. The planning team invites watershed residents through a variety of announcements. If public consultations have occurred, the results of the issues discussed at public consultations are summarized here.

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:

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 District, and a broad range of technical and stakeholder representatives, a draft management plan is developed. Once this plan is reviewed by the public, the water planning authority and the Minister of Water Stewardship, an approved plan is published and plan actions are implemented.