Consultation on Manitoba's New Water Rights Regulation

In December 2018, Manitoba Sustainable Development is consulted on a proposed Water Rights Regulation to support a new streamlined approach to drainage and water retention approvals and a no net loss of wetland benefits approach (see news release).  Legislative changes to The Water Rights Act passed in June 2018 under  The Sustainable Watersheds Act allow certain types of routine works to be registered with the department and provide enhanced wetland protection through a new requirement to compensate for wetland drainage.

The proposed regulation will support economically and environmentally sound decision making around surface water management in our province by removing unnecessary red-tape for lower risk-lower impact projects and focusing detailed reviews on higher risk higher impact projects.

We invite you to review the following materials:

The consultation period is now closed.

Consultation on the proposed Water Rights Regulation builds upon the Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management discussion document and part of a larger consultation on a new Watershed-Based Policy Framework proposed in August 2017.

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management- a streamlined and more balanced watershed-based approach to drainage and water control works licensing that reduces red tape, protects wetlands and watershed retention capacity and enhances drainage inspection, consistency and enforcement tools

What We Heard - Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

GRowing Outcomes In Watersheds (GROW) - a new partnership with farmers, based on the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) model, to create ecological goods and services on the agricultural landscape.

What We Heard – GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds

Watershed-Based Drainage and Water Resource Management

Modernization of Manitoba's Conservation Districts Program - a roadmap to strengthen watershed planning, better support partnerships with Indigenous communities and delivers measurable outcomes in the health and resiliency of watersheds.

What We Heard – Modernization of Manitoba’s Conservation Districts Program

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