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Integrated Watershed Management Planning

Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek IWMP

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The Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek integrated watershed management plan encompasses the area of land which contributes water to Lake Winnipeg in the north Interlake region. The East Interlake Conservation District is leading plan implementation in partnership with the Provincial government and a team of supporting agencies, interest groups and watershed residents.


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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.

Icelandic River Watershed Goals

  • Protect and restore the quality and integrity of wetlands and natural waterways to maintain a healthy aquatic ecosystem
  • Ensure safe drinking water for the health and prosperity of the community within the Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek watershed
  • Build watershed health awareness throughout the community, government and other stakeholder groups
  • Protect the agricultural community by reducing the impact of flood events that occur during the summer growing season (between June and August).
Timeline
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.

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.

Once this plan is reviewed by the public, the water planning authority and the Minister of Sustainable Development, an approved plan is published and plan actions are implemented.