West Souris Integrated Watershed Management Plan

The West Souris River Integrated Watershed Management Plan encompasses the area of land from the Saskatchewan and North Dakota borders which contribute water to the Souris River. This includes tributaries such as the Pipestone, Stoney, Jackson, Graham and Gainsborough Creeks. In partnership with government, non-profit organizations and watershed residents, the West Souris River Conservation District has led plan development as the Water Planning Authority, as designated under The Water Protection Act.



Click to view Document

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.

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.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam pretium facilisis lacus, eget semper est rutrum id. Phasellus placerat nisl a odio feugiat in pellentesque nulla bibendum. Praesent semper risus ut tellus gravida nec suscipit nibh placerat. Ut scelerisque euismod magna, in tincidunt neque commodo id. In ultrices fermentum aliquam. In viverra, libero eget bibendum mattis, nunc mi faucibus metus, et tempus purus felis eu nisl. Praesent congue tempor tincidunt. Cras lobortis, lacus sed fermentum facilisis, risus diam ultricies justo, nec imperdiet est justo sit amet nulla. Maecenas nisl leo, convallis eget rhoncus et, tincidunt sit amet magna. Nam ut massa quis nisl viverra vulputate sed et erat. Integer nec neque sed lectus malesuada mollis in a arcu. Suspendisse tristique consectetur urna, nec vehicula ante mollis sed.

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 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:

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 Sustainable Development, an approved plan is published and plan actions are implemented.