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Integrated Watershed Management Planning

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.



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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 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.

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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:

Sometimes the technical information is summarized in a separate summary document, and sometimes technical information is summarized with the watershed plan. The planning team completed a source water assessment for this watershed to better understand what needs to be done to improve drinking water protection.

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.

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Personal information is collected to enable follow-up questions or to provide information as plans progress. If you check 'Remain Anonymous,' no personal information is required or saved, other than the comment.