|The Cooks-Devils integrated watershed management plan encompasses the area of land which contributes water to Cooks and Devils Creeks, and ultimately the Red River and Lake Winnipeg. The Cooks Creek Conservation District is leading plan development in partnership with the Provincial government and a team of supporting agencies, interest groups and watershed residents.|
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 progress reports.
|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 public comments can be found here once consultations have been held. 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.|
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:
Technical Submissions from Manitoba Water Stewardship by topic
Technical Submissions from other departments, agencies and groups by topic
The planning team also works to review any relevant
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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.