Lake Winnipeg Basin Program interactive map

Interactive map of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program funded projects.

April 2007 to March 2012
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2011/2012 The Forks Riparian Preserve Project leaders with the Forks Renewal Corporation are helping to improve the quality of water entering Lake Winnipeg by restoring a riverbank habitat on approximately two acres along the banks of the Assiniboine River at the Forks Historic site in Winnipeg, Manitoba. $40,000 The Forks Renewal Corporation
2011/2012 Pembina and Long River Riparian Enhancement Program The Turtle Mountain Conservation District is encouraging land managers along Manitoba’s Pembina River and Long River to implement agricultural practices that will benefit water quality and improve local riverbank integrity. Some of these beneficial agricultural management practices include restrictive cattle fencing and remote watering systems for cattle and the re-establishment of riverbank vegetation as a “buffer” zone to prevent erosion. $20,000 Turtle Mountain Conservation District
2011/2012 Peguis First Nation Sustainable Cattle Management Project To improve water quality in the Peguis First Nation, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is working with a community producer to create a new management system designed to more effectively spread cattle manure. The result will be greater agricultural productivity, reduced overland runoff and fewer nutrients entering the local watershed. CIER is also providing guidance to help the producer to reconstruct farm operations with techniques such as cattle rotation, restrictive fencing and other beneficial agricultural management practices. $15,000 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
2011/2012 Innovative Process for Enhanced Phosphorus Recovery from Sludge The University of Manitoba is conducting new research on the potential use of water treatment reactors to recover phosphorus from wastewater sludge. The results of this innovative study will be tested in a pilot experiment at the City of Winnipeg’s South End wastewater treatment plant. 26,000 University of Manitoba (Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz)
2011/2012 Riparian Enhancement Initiative The Whitemud Watershed Conservation District is protecting Lake Winnipeg water quality by enhancing the health, longevity, and effectiveness of riverbank buffer zones along the Whitemud River. Project leaders are constructing restrictive fencing to keep cattle from damaging the riverbank and polluting the water, re-establishing riverbank buffer zones with natural materials and native plants, and working with landowners to ensure future protection of the riverbank zone and its water quality. $20,000 Whitemud Watershed Conservation District
2011/2012 Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping of Foreshore Areas of Lake Winnipeg’s South Basin Foreshore areas are often significantly impacted by human activities and play a key role in the health and vitality of Lake Winnipeg. The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is gathering aerial photos and field research on ecosystems along the south basin of Lake Winnipeg’s foreshore. This information will provide decision makers, planners, developers, landowners, and government agencies with the tools they need to make sustainable shoreline use decisions. $107,450 Lake Winnipeg Foundation
2011/2012 Effective Use of Riparian Zones to Filter Sediments and Phosphorus The University of Manitoba will undertake a comprehensive study on the use of riparian areas as filters for sediment and phosphorus that enter waterways from agricultural land. Data from previous studies in the Lake Winnipeg basin are being analyzed and enhanced through continued field research. The final results will provide decision-makers with the information they need to determine the future use of riverbank areas in preventing nutrients from entering Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. $99,600 University of Manitoba (Dr. David A. Lobb)
2011/2012 Nutrient Reduction on Continuous Cropped Erodible Soils The Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District (SLWCD) is working with land owners in southwest Manitoba to prevent topsoil loss and the negative impacts it has on groundwater quality. Together, the SLWCD and landowners are constructing flow-reduction waterways that will re-establish natural vegetated areas in cropland that is vulnerable to erosion and soil loss. $25,000 Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District
2011/2012 Wetland Restoration Preservation Initiative The East Interlake Conservation District (EICD) is working with landowners in locations at risk of wetland loss to encourage the establishment of conservation agreements with EICD and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation. These agreements will protect this land from future development and prevent further agricultural nutrients from entering Lake Winnipeg at these sites. $26,000 East Interlake Conservation District
2010/2011 Establishing a Process for a Wetland Vegetation Rehabilitation and Management program focused on Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea): A Parkland Mews Case Study The University of Manitoba is conducting research that will minimize knowledge gaps in the control of the invasive species, Reed Canarygrass. Research results will examine the effectiveness of constructed wetland cells to prevent nutrient loads and will determine the connection between increased nitrogen and phosphorus loads and Reed Canarygrass. $13,000 The University of Manitoba
2010/2011 Beaver Creek Water Retention Project The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District is working with partners to create a dam that will reduce local seasonal flooding and nutrient runoff in the Beaver Creek watershed. The dam will allow water to be captured in early spring and slowly filter into surrounding soils to recharge local ground water and increase flow to important fish habitat downstream. $4,000 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2010/2011 Sustainable Nutrient Removal and Recovery from Wastewater The University of Manitoba is developing a method for treating municipal wastewater through an innovative biological process that reduces nutrient loads to Lake Winnipeg while allowing for the recovery of phosphorus - a valuable economic resource. The results of this project will be used to carry out a pilot study at the City of Winnipeg’s South End wastewater treatment plant. $36,000 The University of Manitoba
2010/2011 Nutrient Reduction and Habitat Rehabilitation Project The West Interlake Watershed Conservation District is improving local water quality by eliminating cattle access along three creeks through the installation of exclusion fencing, off-site watering systems and cattle crossings, and restoring riverbank vegetation areas. $12,500 West Interlake Watershed Conservation District
2010/2011 Enhanced Removal of Nutrients, Organic Micropollutants and Toxicity from Sewage Lagoons and Waters of Morden and Winkler by Manipulative Constructed Wetland Microcosms The University of Winnipeg is researching the benefits of using constructed wetlands to remove nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen and other toxic substances from rural waste waters. $148,760 The University of Winnipeg
2010/2011 Prevent Livestock Nutrient Runoff into the Souris River The Assiniboine Hills Conservation District is setting up fencing and alternative wintering sites for cattle as well as portable wind breaks and swath grazing along the Souris River. These beneficial management practices are significantly reducing the loading of nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen into this tributary of Lake Winnipeg. $12,300 Assiniboine Hills Conservation District
2010/2011 Lake of the Woods Water Quality Improvement Program The Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council and partners are identifying and preventing sources of nutrient runoff to the Lake of the Woods. In addition to analyzing and prioritizing sites for future water quality improvements, project leaders are educating the local community on how residents can help to improve local water quality. $12,050 Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc
2010/2011 Assessing the Relationship between Internal Ferrous Iron Loading and Cyanobacteria Bloom Formation in Lake Winnipeg York University is researching how loading rates and quantities of internal ferrous iron and other sediments can help predict the formation of cyanobacterial algae blooms within Lake Winnipeg. $24,800 York University
2010/2011 Dog River Constructed Wetland Lagoon System The Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards and partners are creating a wetland lagoon system that will restore native plant communities and provide a healthier aquatic ecosystem downstream. 25,000 Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.
2010/2011 Down the Drain - A Demonstration Landscape; Using Plants and Natural Systems to Clean Our Water Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc. and partners are designing and constructing a “rain garden” or bioretention system that filters storm runoff using landscaping similar to that found in forest ecosystems. The project is also encouraging the community and local schools to participate in the project and learn more about water quality challenges facing Lake Winnipeg $46,014 Rivers West Red River Corridor Inc.
2010/2011 Pembina River Watershed – Integrated Watershed Management Plan The Pembina Valley Conservation District is engaging landowners near Rock Lake and Killarney Lake to reduce nutrient loads and shoreline erosion by restricting cattle access to waterways leading into Lake Winnipeg. In addition, a water retention dam is being constructed above an eroding gully close to Rock Lake, reducing sediment runoff in drinking water sources and larger waterways entering Lake Winnipeg. $25,000 Pembina Valley Conservation District
2010/2011 Lake Friendly Campaign The Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves are reducing nutrient contributions to Lake Winnipeg by informing and educating consumers about products that are the best environmental choice for Lake Winnipeg. The project’s “It’s Lake Friendly” labelling campaign identifies products that are better environmental choices for reducing nutrients to Lake Winnipeg. $241,520 Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves Inc.
2010/2011 Nutrient Management through Livestock Management The Assiniboine Hills Conservation District is working with landowners and cattle operators to develop three riverbank management sites that are reducing nutrient flows to Lake Winnipeg through practices such as: fencing to restrict livestock creek access, alternative watering and overwintering sites located away from the riverbank. $22,500 Assiniboine Hills Conservation District
2010/2011 Lake Wahtopanah Nutrient Reduction Project The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District and landowners are working together to reduce phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg by identifying and restoring primary shoreline areas along Lake Wahtopanah. They are improving water quality in these areas through beneficial management practices such as planting riparian buffers zones and grassed waterways, installing offsite watering systems, and constructing retention ponds. $25,000 Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District
2010/2011 Upper Oak River Non-Point Source Nutrient Reduction Project The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District and landowners are reducing phosphorus loads to Lake Winnipeg by identifying and restoring primary shoreline areas along the Upper Oak River sub-watershed. They are also re-establishing perennial cover in these areas to reduce erosion and runoff sediment, reduce nutrient loads to Lake Winnipeg and benefit local aquatic ecosystems. $25,000 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2010/2011 Thunder and Silver Creeks Surface Water Management Project The Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District is working with local landowners to select priority restoration areas along Thunder Creek and Silver Creek. Through beneficial management practices such as reconstructing wetlands, building water retention ponds and developing in-stream erosion structures, their efforts are limiting nutrient loads and reducing the impacts of local flooding. $25,000 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2010/2011 Paleolimnological Determination of Water Quality Change in Lake Winnipeg for Use as Management and Remediation Goals Seven researchers from four universities are working together to create a long-term record of historical water quality changes within the north basin of Lake Winnipeg. This research is documenting past trends and recent changes such as increases in potentially toxic cyanobacteria and changes in the lakes nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon levels. This research will help decision-makers to set ecologically-relevant goals for nutrient reduction and the future management and protection of Lake Winnipeg. $126,162.50 University of Regina (Dr. Leavitt)
2009/2010 The Sustainability of Municipal Wastewater Irrigation in the Interlake Region of Manitoba as a Means of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Abatement for Lake Winnipeg Wastewater irrigation, as an alternative to discharging wastewater directly to waterways leading to Lake Winnipeg, was assessed. The project involved three short-term field demonstrations of wastewater irrigation, municipal/town council focus groups on wastewater irrigation and a local resident survey to assess perceptions on wastewater re-use within their communities. $6,257 East Interlake Conservation District
2009/2010 Morden’s Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal (CLEANER) in Dead Horse Creek This extensive water sampling and analysis program is identifying and monitoring sources of phosphorous and nitrogen along Dead Horse Creek, Plum River and the Red River near Morden, Manitoba. University undergraduate and high school students will contribute research products and practices to potentially reduce phosphorous and nitrogen in these waterways. Students will also lead community-based social marketing efforts to encourage Morden area residents to deposit less phosphorous and nitrogen in the town’s storm and sanitary wastewater systems. $109,372 University of Winnipeg
2009/2010 Moose Mountain Creek Phosphorous Reduction Project Beneficial management practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural phosphorous loads and improve water quality are being promoted. Perennial forage seeding, exclusion fencing, portable windbreaks and portable water systems are all improving water quality. Stewardship agreements are engaging landowners to convert cropland to perennial forage, restore wetlands and improve both winter site and riparian zone management. BMPs are being promoted across the watershed through outreach activities such as field demonstration days, public newsletters and on-site farm visits by technicians. $37,250 Cornerstone Regional Economic Development Authority
2009/2010 Achieving Successful Wetland Restoration in the Assiniboine River Watershed Source water quality in the Assiniboine River and its tributaries will be improved. Lake Winnipeg will benefit from better downstream water quality. $139,400 Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.
2009/2010 Advancing Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Efforts The project will promote the nutrient reduction benefits of marshland restoration to community stakeholders. This project expands on the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Netley-Libau Marsh Research. $44,000 International Institute for Sustainable Development
2009/2010 Building Capacity for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin Canadian municipalities and counties in the U.S. discussed costs and benefits of restoring natural environments to improve interjurisdictional water quality. $55,000 Red River Basin Commission
2009/2010 Development of a Model/Experimental Watershed Representative of the Manitoba Prairie Pothole Region Ducks Unlimited and partners will establish a watershed monitoring network and water quality modeling that will be used to determine how changes in land use affect water quality. Wetlands will also be restored and monitored as part of this project. $391,464 Ducks Unlimited Canada
2009/2010 Development of a Preliminary Total Phosphorus Budget and Water Quality Modeling for Lake of the Woods A phosphorous budget and water quality modeling are being developed to assist decision-making for phosphorous management in the Lake and its watershed. The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation and partners are collaborating on this project. $135,254 Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
2009/2010 Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek Non-Point Source Nutrient Abatement Program Agricultural nutrient runoff will be reduced to the Icelandic River and Washow Bay Creek through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones. $25,000 East Interlake Conservation District
2009/2010 Meewasin Valley Authority Riparian Restoration Water quality in the South Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg has improved by restoring natural vegetation to damaged shore lands and by educating the public on the importance of riparian zones in river ecology. $21,608 Meewasin Valley Authority
2009/2010 Modeling Water Quality in the South Basin of Lake Manitoba Understanding of Lake Manitoba water quality has been improved by this study, which also provides a basis for evaluating nitrogen and phosphorous reduction efforts. This research could also be used to measure the impact of Lake Winnipeg stewardship initiatives. $25,000 University of Manitoba
2009/2010 Qu’Appelle River Water Quality Mitigation Project Agricultural nutrient runoff has been reduced to a seasonal oxbow lake in the Upper Assiniboine River through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones $4,300 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2009/2010 Seine River Riparian Enhancement Program Agricultural nutrient runoff to the Seine River has been reduced through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones. $25,000 Seine-Rat River Conservation District
2009/2010 Souris River Riparian Enhancement Program Agricultural nutrient runoff to the Souris River has been reduced through the use of fencing, alternate watering sources for cattle and riverbank vegetation zones. $25,000 Turtle Mountain Conservation District
2009/2010 Wastewater Pond Systems in Cold Climates A wastewater pond system will be adapted to Manitoba’s climate using a modified greenhouse structure. $132,767 Spectrum Scientific Inc.
April 2012 to March 2017
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2015/2016 Vegetated Buffer and Contained Grassed Waterway This Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District’s Vegetated Buffer and Contained Grassed Waterway project will re-establish natural vegetation along intermittent streams within continuous croplands and permanent forage areas to create grassed waterways. These grassed waterways will increase soil stability and prevent erosion to keep soil-bound nutrients from entering the waterways from the agricultural fields. The project site will also be used to educate landowners on the environmental benefits of grassed waterways. $30,500 Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District
2015/2016 Cattle Runoff Wetland/Filter Treatment The East Interlake Conservation District’s Cattle Runoff Wetland/Filter Treatment project will construct a cattle runoff wetland/filter treatment area to reduce nutrients, contaminants and sediments that run off agricultural properties within the Willow Creek Watershed. Working with a local landowner, consultants and engineers, this project will also include the design and construction of a wetland/filter treatment area that will divert agricultural spring melt and rainfall water, filtering nutrients away from Lake Winnipeg while creating additional habitat for wildlife. $43,000 East Interlake Conservation District
2015/2016 Brokenhead Wetland Monitoring and Restoration Planning This Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources’ Brokenhead Wetland Monitoring and Restoration Planning project will enhance and restore wetlands near the Brokenhead River, which flows into Lake Winnipeg. As part of this project, wetland monitoring and hands-on restoration practices will reduce nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg, provide and improve habitat for rare and culturally important species and provide information to assist in the planning and collaboration with other First Nations to improve the health of Lake Winnipeg. $37,250 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
2015/2016 The Evolution of Wetland Restoration - Utilizing a Hybrid of Wetland Restoration with Control Structures and Forage Establishment to Manage Nutrient Runoff in the Assiniboine - River Watershed - Saskatchewan The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association’s Evolution of Wetland Restoration project will restore wetlands in Saskatchewan's Assiniboine River Watershed through the installation of earthen ditch plugs and gated culverts to facilitate the control of the volume of retained water. Strategically placed control culverts will be used by landowners to retain water in the area and ensure permanency. Permanent perennial forage will be established to capture and reduce nutrient runoff. Landowners will be required to sign a ten year agreement to ensure the restored wetland and perennial forage will remain intact. $75,000 Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.
2015/2016 Strategic Wetland Restoration and Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation in the Upper Souris Watershed This project, led by the Upper Souris Watershed Association, will reduce nutrient loading from non-point rural sources through the restoration of strategically located wetlands within the Upper Souris watershed, in southeast Saskatchewan. The installation of earthen plugs at project sites will restore natural water levels in drained wetland basins, demonstrating that new concepts and technology work on the prairie landscape, influencing additional producers to adopt these practices. In addition, this project will create awareness of the Best Management Practices (BMP) related to wetland restoration and grazing management through demonstration, among local landowners and producers. $53,117 Upper Souris Watershed Association
2015/2016 Sustainable Lake Winnipeg Exhibit - Grand Marais Community Central Building The Rural Municipality of St. Clements’ Sustainable Lake Winnipeg Exhibit, located in the community of Grand Marais, will be an interactive community exhibit that tells the story of the creation of Lake Winnipeg, factors that influence both health and threats to the lake’s ecology, and provide practical ideas that individuals can adopt to clean up Lake Winnipeg. The exhibit will include two large aquariums to illustrate fish species and the biology of the lake, a touch screen map to help visitors understand the natural and cultural influences on Lake Winnipeg, and interpretive panels that demonstrate what visitors can do to help the health of Lake Winnipeg. The Grand Marais Community Central Building has been identified as a tourist destination and is visited by over 100,000 people annually. $8,500 Rural Municipality of St. Clements
2015/2016 Combining wetland restoration and runoff control structures to reduce phosphorus loading in the Lower Qu-Appelle Watershed The Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards project will remunerate local agricultural landowners to retain water in previously drained wetland areas within the Lower Qu’Appelle watershed, increasing the potential for capturing and storing agricultural nutrients that might otherwise flow into Lake Winnipeg. The proposed program will restore wetlands using earthen plugs and gated structures to incorporate additional runoff control. Producers will be required to sign an agreement confirming that they will maintain these wetlands for a minimum duration of ten years. $40,000 Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards Incorporated
2015/2016 Netley-Libau Marsh Restoration Phase 2: Next steps towards a long term Remedial Action Plan for Netley-Libau Marsh. Consolidating Phase 1 science guidance, developing governance mechanisms and filling in research gaps. This project, led by the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, is the second phase of a long term project to restore Netley-Libau Marsh, one of Canada’s largest coastal wetlands covering 26,000 hectares. Building on the success of Phase 1, this phase will fill the gaps by providing data that is required for the development of a remediation plan for the Netley-Libau Marsh. A steering committee will be established to guide and oversee Remedial Action Plan activities and an In-Marsh Pilot Study to measure and explain some key marsh interactions governing nutrient and sediment fluxes. $15,000 Lake Winnipeg Foundation
2015/2016 Yellow Fish Road - Winnipeg, MB Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road program will provide Winnipeg youth with the knowledge and tools to make a positive difference to their local waterways through the reduction of nutrients from urban sources and controlling non-point source or urban storm water pollution. The workshops, projects and public events are aimed at educating participants on how we can protect our waterways through responsible household practices such as responsible use of domestic and garden chemicals, use of natural alternatives to fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides; and proper cleanup and disposal of sediment, litter, pet waste and car fluids. $10,000 Trout Unlimited Canada
2015/2016 Sustainable nutrient removal and recovery from municipal wastewater: Anammox based electrically enhanced membrane process This University of Manitoba laboratory- based research project will focus on the development of an innovative, sustainable treatment method for municipal wastewater that will reduce nutrient loads from treatment plants and result in the recovery of phosphorus for use as a fertilizer. The main objective of the project is to research and develop a completely autotrophic nitrogen removal process with an electrically assisted membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater treatment at low temperatures. This technology will feature lower sludge production and lower aeration and chemical dosing requirements and will be a step towards a sustainable wastewater treatment plant designed as a resource recovery facility. $15,000 University of Manitoba
2015/2016 Predictive Mapping of Wetland Soils to Estimate Risk of Nutrient Transport This University of Saskatchewan research project will help inform land management decisions related to wetland conservation within the Saskatchewan River and Assiniboine River watersheds by improving our understanding of the relationship between wetland type and nutrient mobility. This will result in the identification of certain types of wetlands and/or positions within a fill-and-spill sequence that result in minimal nutrient loading to local waterways flowing into Lake Winnipeg while maximizing productive land. The project will include digital soil mapping, nutrient analysis and the dissemination of results through reports and presentations. $55,077 University of Saskatchewan
2015/2016 Management of sediments in surface waterways to reduce phosphorus loading in Lake Winnipeg - Phase II: Assessment of management options for sediment and associated vegetation and soil This research project will examine sediment and vegetation management practices in agricultural drainage areas that are effective in removing nutrient-rich sediment from agricultural soil while allowing for quick growth, harvesting and disposal of vegetation that absorb nutrients such as phosphorus. These practices are intended to be easily adopted by the agencies and individuals responsible for managing the sediments in waterways. Research activities will occur in the Tobacco Creek and LaSalle River watersheds of the Red River Basin and the Catfish Creek and Whitemouth River watersheds in the Winnipeg River Basin. $69,575 University of Manitoba
2015/2016 Science Workshop on water quality and ecosystem health of Lake Manitoba The Lake Manitoba basin contributes to nutrient loading in Lake Winnipeg, and impacts the lake’s water quality and ecosystem health. This workshop will assess the current state of knowledge of water quality issues in Lake Manitoba and its watershed, identify critical knowledge gaps, and brainstorm ways to move forward on improving water quality and ecosystem health in this region. $10,000 University of Winnipeg
2014/2015 Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan Implementation: Floating Island Pilot Project The Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan (BRPMP) seeks to reduce phosphorus per capita from mechanical wastewater treatment plants and lagoons. This project will support the installation and testing of the BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetland in pilot lagoons within the watershed. If expected results are achieved, levels of phosphorus in wastewater effluent being discharged to the Bow River will be greatly reduced. $100,000 Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
2014/2015 Riparian Health Improvements Through Grazing Management Improvements This project aims to improve the grazing management practices of cattle producers in the Oldman River and Battle River watersheds. The project is a mix of educational and stewardship activities, designed to increase knowledge, while developing detailed grazing management plans and implementation strategies. Riparian health assessments will be used to identify issues and determine the solutions required. The installation of exclusion fencing, alternative watering systems and the planting of native trees and shrubs are among the Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) to be implemented. $78,900 Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society)
2014/2015 Moose Jaw River Integrated Excessive Water Management Plan This project will implement beneficial management practices (BMPs) such as buffer strips, alternative water systems and livestock exclusion fencing. Six projects will be showcased through stakeholder meetings and newsletters as examples for local producers. Hydrology reports will be developed for approximately five sub watersheds and consultations with stakeholders will be conducted in order to develop an Excessive Water Management Plan for the Moose Jaw River watershed. $45,000 Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.
2014/2015 Promotion of Buffer Strips and Riparian Area Health Assessments for Agricultural Land within the Carrot River Watershed Area This project will deliver riparian area awareness workshops and educational materials to the residents of the Carrot River Watershed. Riparian Health Assessments will be utilized to identify areas that are stressed and determine solutions for problem areas within the watershed. Newsletters, brochures and workshops will be used to highlight the importance of riparian area health, riparian area health assessments and the usage of buffer strips. $4,000 Carrot River Valley Watershed Association
2014/2015 Turtle Mountain Conservation District Ecological Goods and Services Program – Phase 1 Phase 1 of the Ecological Goods and Services Program will create an inventory of drains, wetlands (Class 2-5), and water storage areas that are present within the Elgin Creek-Whitewater Lake sub-watershed. A series of workshops will be held to assist with information gathering and to promote the Ecological Goods and Services Program concept. The information gathered in Phase 1 will be analyzed to determine the feasibility of moving forward with the Ecological Goods and Services program. $41,000 Turtle Mountain Conservation District
2014/2015 Cattle and Creeks: Local Solutions Toward Basin Results The primary objective of this project is to restrict the access of livestock along the tributaries of the Assiniboine River and as a result protect stream banks and improve water quality. Key elements of this project include the installation of riparian fencing and alternate watering systems, as well as the development of pasture management plans. Pre and post assessments of each project site will be completed and implementation plans will be developed to monitor progress. $25,000 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2014/2015 Reducing and Utilizing Nutrients in Tobacco Creek Model Watershed This project will construct and evaluate a consolidated network of water retention structures throughout the Tobacco Creek Model Watershed. The structures will create, preserve and conserve a minimum of 30 acres of wetlands and are designed to retain nutrients and limit spring runoff to reduce downstream flooding. Modified and existing designs of small dams, retention ponds, wetlands and ditches will be evaluated for flood control, nutrient remediation and farmer acceptance. $90,000 Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association
2014/2015 South Central Eco Institute Enhancement Project The South Central Eco Institute (SCEI) is a data collection program that provides students with the opportunity to work with Conservation District partners in the research and monitoring of a variety of phosphorus reduction and overall watershed improvement projects. SCEI represents a network of partnerships between the academic community, community development representatives, conservation districts and eco-environmental agencies. Each Spring and Fall, students and staff are provided with the training and equipment necessary to collect water quality data. $27,000 Prairie Spirit School Division
2014/2015 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Mercer Creek and Little Dog Lake Drain This project will eliminate cattle access along various reaches of Mercer Creek and Little Dog Lake Drain in order to restore degraded riparian areas, improve water quality through the reduction of bacteria and nutrient inputs in the creek, rehabilitate priority aquatic habitat and create and restore important wildlife habitat. This project will be used as a demonstration and education site for future riparian management projects. $21,000 West Interlake Watershed Conservation District
2014/2015 Washow Peninsula and Fisher Bay Change Over Time Analysis This project seeks to combine traditional knowledge with new technology to provide and inform land, water, wetlands and shoreline changes over time for Washow Peninsula, Fisher Bay and the mouth of the Fisher River. The project results will show the incremental changes over time for the identification of patterns that have led to nutrient loading in the area. Key elements of the project are land and water use interviews/surveys; cartographic data collection; water extent analysis; ground truthing and shoreline field work; and data analysis. $50,000 Fisher River Cree Nation
2014/2015 Cattails for Clean Community Waterways: Urban Application of the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project The economic and environmental benefits of removing wetland plants such as cattails and other plant species from ditches in Winnipeg will be examined. The phosphorus reduction in the City’s land drainage system is expected to be 40-80 kg of phosphorus. The harvested plants have the potential for use as bioenergy and biomaterials. This concept has been piloted in a rural setting in the Lake Winnipeg watershed. $50,000 International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
2014/2015 Nutrient, Wastewater Contaminant, and Toxicity Reduction Using Sub-Surface Filtration Technology This project studies the effectiveness of sub-surface filter treatment technology and its ability to remove excess nutrients from effluent before its release into waterways. Currently operating on a pilot scale, this system has proved successful at removing excess phosphorus and nitrogen from the effluents of a municipal sewage lagoon prior to their release. The overall goal of this project is to understand and optimize the physical, chemical and ecological factors that control removal efficiency of nutrients and contaminants by the sub-surface filter treatment technology. $135,000 University of Winnipeg
2014/2015 Restoration of Netley-Libau Marsh: Evaluating the Feasibility and Benefits of Marsh Habitat Management Options for Nutrient Sequestration Enhancement Specialists and stakeholders will be invited to take part in a process to evaluate restoration strategies for the Netley-Libau Marsh. The process features a two day, facilitated workshop to explore potential restoration strategies and formulate a science-based consensus on restoration options with the greatest potential of success. Netley-Libau Marsh, one of Canada’s largest coastal wetland covering 26,000 hectares, has undergone considerable biophysical changes that are contributing to the nutrient loading challenge facing Lake Winnipeg. $20,000 Lake Winnipeg Foundation Inc.
2014/2015 Enhancing a Manitoba Watershed Using ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a community-led, farmer-delivered, incentive-based conservation program delivering ecological goods and services on private lands. The ALUS project seeks to restore, enhance, create and conserve wetlands, fence riparian areas, install off-site watering systems, restore buffer strips, convert marginal cropland to grasslands and plant shelterbelts. Total phosphorus reductions resulting from these projects are estimated at 1,775 kg/year. $100,000 Delta Waterfowl Foundation
2014/2015 Manitoba Conservation Auction Initiative Conservation Auctions will be conducted throughout southern Manitoba to provide opportunities for landowners to conserve, enhance and restore priority wetlands and ecosystems. The auction is a voluntary process whereby landowners submit a proposal (or bid) to establish a Conservation Agreement or Beneficial Management Practice (BMP) Contract on their lands. BMPs offered will be specifically tailored in each auction location to address the local needs. Workshops will be conducted to provide additional information on the auction process. $100,000 Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
2013/2014 Manitoba Wetland Restoration Project The project will implement a landowner partnership program to restore 648 hectares of drained wetlands across three watersheds in southwestern Manitoba, and reduce phosphorus loads entering Lake Winnipeg. $720,000 Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
2013/2014 Pelly's Lake Watershed Management Area This project will build water retention structures and protect wetlands and riverbanks to reduce spring runoff, and restrict phosphorus loading over 630 acres of land in the La Salle-Redboine area. $126,000 La Salle-Redboine Conservation District
2013/2014 Cattail and Novel Biomass: Nutrient Capture and Reclamation Turning a Waste/Pollution Stream into an Input for a Sustainable Manitoba Bio-Economy This project will demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of harvesting cattails to capture and reclaim phosphorus that would otherwise enter Lake Winnipeg. $180,000 International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
2013/2014 Establishment of Pilot Sites for Innovative Surface Water and Nutrient Management Initiatives on Farms This project will investigate various beneficial management practices for retaining and re-using runoff water to benefit agriculture, and prevent the release of nutrients downstream into Lake Winnipeg. $401,074 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
2013/2014 Wetland Restoration (Two Year Program) in the Assiniboine River Watershed This project will work with landowners in the Assiniboine Watershed to develop a monetary value for restoring previously drained wetlands. The goal is to restore up to 150 wetlands, over 61 hectares, with a total possible phosphorus load reduction of 1,215 kg per year. $230,000 Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association Inc.
2013/2014 Pipestone Phosphorus Reduction Program: Implementation and Measuring Efficacy of Beneficial Management Practices This project will educate local producers on beneficial management practices and reduce nutrients entering Lake Winnipeg by restoring 25 previously drained wetlands, and converting 700 acres of cropland to perennial forage in the Lower Souris Watershed. $138,000 Lower Souris Watershed Committee Inc.
2013/2014 Niverville Lagoon System: The Investigation of Alternative Approaches for Bio-Remediation The project will investigate and evaluate the feasibility of remediating biosolids (sludge) in decommissioned wastewater lagoons through in situ treatment using phyto- and bio-remediation methods. $149,056 Town of Niverville
2013/2014 Successful Initiation of Wetland Restoration Landowner Incentive Program The project will restore up to 20 significant wetlands near the Souris River, and develop contracts with local landowners to ensure these areas are protected over the next 10 years. $87,000 Upper Souris Watershed Association Inc.
2013/2014 Earthen Dam for Water Storage and Erosion Control This project will oversee the construction of two earthen dams that will reduce nutrients entering Lake Winnipeg by retaining 800 hectares of overland surface water in the Swan Lake Watershed. $53,000 Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District
2013/2014 Assiniboine Basin Municipal Point Source Assessment and Reduction Initiative This project will work with local government and community members to assess 32 wastewater sites, demonstrate methods to potentially divert overland surface water from entering Lake Winnipeg, and re-use this nutrient laden water for economic growth in the region. 28,163 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2013/2014 Whitemud Watershed Surface Water Storage Program The project will construct three temporary water storage projects along the Whitemud River, thereby creating or enhancing up to 100 acres of previously drained wetlands. $36,000 Whitemud Watershed Conservation District
2013/2014 Lake Friendly Practices and Actions - Do What Matters The project will work to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg by building public awareness and encourage lake friendly behaviour that will enhance environmental, economic, and societal health within the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. $210,000 Lake Winnipeg South Basin Mayors and Reeves Inc.
2013/2014 Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre Model Shoreline This project will construct a 265 meter interactive shoreline that will educate and empower the public to prevent the negative impacts of nutrient loading by making informed consumer choices and taking positive individual actions to reduce nutrients entering the Lake of the Woods. $29,636 Lake of the Woods Development Commission
2013/2014 Development of a Risk Indicator to Identify Soils Prone to Phosphorus Release under Prolonged Flooding This project will identify risk indicators for soils that are prone to releasing large quantities of phosphorus to surface runoff water entering Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake and Red River Basin. $109,200 University of Winnipeg (Dr. Kumaragamage)
2013/2014 Development of a Simulation Tool to Identify Priority Areas for Wetland Conservation and Restoration The project will develop a simulation tool that will allow researchers to examine and measure the potential positive impacts of various methods to restore and conserve wetlands across various landscapes, and determine priority areas for future restoration activities. $53,475 University of Manitoba (Dr. Ali)
2013/2014 Management of Sediments in Surface Waterways to Reduce Phosphorus Loading in Lake Winnipeg This research project will identify areas of high nutrient concentrations within the Red River Basin and Winnipeg River Basin, and provide the recommendations for management practices that will help prevent and reduce nutrients entering these tributaries of Lake Winnipeg. $38,143 University of Manitoba (Dr. Lobb)
2013/2014 Designing and Managing Riparian Areas to Filter Phosphorus and Sediment This project will enhance the understanding of how phosphorus and other agricultural sediments filter into waterways, and work with land owners to develop riverbank buffer zones that more effectively prevent nutrient runoff. $147,500 University of Northern British Columbia
2013/2014 Quantification of the Internal Phosphorus Load in Lake Winnipeg to Improve Phosphorus Budgets This project will examine how phosphorus within Lake Winnipeg itself can be measured and assessed to assist with decisions concerning future nutrient management. $28,000 Freshwater Research
April 2017 to March 2018
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2017/2018 Development of a simple calculator for phosphorus-reduction management practices to aid in watershed planning The Watershed Systems Research Program at the University of Manitoba will work collaboratively with researchers and stakeholders to develop a simple tool for calculating the impact of potential management practices on nutrient loading to surface waters at a watershed scale. This project will focus on a variety of management practices, serving as a Proof of Concept to aid in assessing and calculating the potential for reducing phosphorus loading to surface waters in the watershed. $37,250 The University of Manitoba
2017/2018 Collaborative governance as a reconciliation process in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources is initiating work with leaders from municipalities and Indigenous communities in the Lake Winnipeg south basin region. The intent is to “create a table” for community leaders to engage in a regional collaborative decision making process to address important issues, including water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its basin. This project supports the initial process (Phase 1) required to establish the foundational framework by which long-term collaborative governance through a mutual consent-based process can be achieved. Phase 1 serves as a pilot to assess whether this approach is feasible in the Lake Winnipeg Basin and if so, it could be scaled-up to include other levels of governments and be expanded to include other regions of the basin in the future. $48,000 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
2017/2018 Manitoba Great Lakes Workshop The Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba is planning the “Manitoba Great Lakes” workshop, bringing together representatives from First Nation communities, academics and non-government organizations to explore the feasibility of creating a “Manitoba Great Lakes Research Centre” to address gaps in the understanding of how aquatic ecosystems around Lake Winnipeg (including Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis) function and how they affect the transfer of nutrients and contaminants from the landscape. $8,970 The University of Manitoba
2017/2018 Organization Summit Assiniboine River Basin Initiative will lead the planning of an initial meeting between four primary basin management organizations operating in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. The intent of this meeting is to confirm an interest in working together; identify common interests and shared priorities; explore opportunities for knowledge transfer/exchange of information on topics such as organization governance, stakeholder engagement, project and activities; identify opportunities for collaboration; and discuss tools and approaches needed to enhance future collaborative efforts. $8,000 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
2017/2018 Spirit of Water The Red River Basin Commission will be holding their 35th annual Land and Water Summit conference January 22-25, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In partnership with the Southern Chiefs Organization, they will co-host the inaugural “Spirit of Water” session to provide a venue for Provincial, Federal, Municipal, and Indigenous government leaders to initiate dialogue, and identify collaboration opportunities on Lake Winnipeg Basin water quality issues. Goals for the event include the creation of an Action Plan to direct future work and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Red River Basin Commission and Southern Chiefs Organization in this transboundary basin between Canada and the United States. $20,280 Red River Basin Commission
April 2018 to March 2019
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2018/2019 Nutrient and Flow Reduction in Tobacco Creek Model Watershed This project will construct water retention systems (small dams) to retain nutrients and limit spring runoff to reduce downstream flooding in the Tobacco Creek watershed in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. The project will be evaluated through extensive water quality monitoring. $80,000 Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association
2018/2019 Seine-Rat River Nutrient Reduction through Mapped and Managed Water Retention This project will implement water retention projects to capture and reduce phosphorus. These managed water retention projects will store water and reduce the amount of phosphorus from entering Lake Winnipeg. $275,600 Seine-Rat River Conservation District
2018/2019 Use of soil amendments to reduce phosphorus release to flood water from waterlogged, anoxic soils in Manitoba This project will evaluate different soil amendments at varying application rates in reducing phosphorus losses to floodwater from soil in the Red River Basin in Manitoba. The project will evaluate effectiveness, availability, cost, feasibility, storage and application of these amendments and other environmental effects. $70,000 University of Winnipeg
2018/2019 Netley-Libau Marsh Renewal This pilot project will investigate the feasibility of using dredged sediment from the Red River to help restore Netley-Libau Marsh. Dredging will create sediment “islands” in Hardman Lake, encouraging vegetation to grow, restoring the function of the marsh and removing nutrients. This project has the potential to prevent significant amounts of nutrients from entering Lake Winnipeg. $105,000 Red River Basin Commission
2018/2019 Exploring Livestock Grazing as a Riparian Phosphorus Management Tool This project will use various grazing management strategies within riparian zones to measure the impacts grazing has on the movement of phosphorus, on-site phosphorus cycling and vegetation-phosphorus export. This project will study whether grazing cattle can be used effectively to remove phosphorus from riparian zones. $25,500 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
2018/2019 Redeploying Water Retention: Green Infrastructure and Phosphorus Capture in the Lake Winnipeg Basin This project will enhance and manage an existing poorly managed water retention site in the Rat-River watershed, a tributary which flows into Lake Winnipeg. The project will improve phosphorus retention, reduce phosphorus loading, improve water retention capacity, restore critical wetland habitat and provide a harvested biomass crop. $200,000 International Institute for Sustainable Development
2018/2019 Manitoba Non-Point Source Nutrient Reduction This project, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, will restore previously drained wetlands as well as protect and conserve intact wetlands to help retain phosphorus on the land. $400,000 Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
2018/2019 Addressing Nutrient Pollution at its Origin This project will install a series of sediment traps to address and reduce slope and water speed and will construct structures to reduce erosion and improve water clarity. Surveys will be used to determine the amount of sediment prevented from entering the river network and the total load of nutrients stored. $6,000 Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District
2018/2019 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association Water Retention Program This project will construct water retention structures in high nutrient contributing locations across the Lake Winnipeg Basin, retaining water and phosphorus from the Manitoba portion of the Lake Winnipeg Basin. $420,000 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
2018/2019 The Nutrient App: Promoting Beneficial Management Practices Acceptance through On-Farm Instantaneous Community-Based Nutrient Sampling This project will test and apply a recently developed technology for smartphones, the Deltares Nutrient App. The app will enable citizens, farmers and water quality managers to measure and share water quality data and identify possible sources and hotspots of contamination. This will encourage and empower the participants to take remedial action and reduce nutrients. $68,750 University of Saskatchewan
2018/2019 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative to Strategically Target Wetland Restoration Opportunities within Annually Cropped Farmland This project, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, will restore previously drained wetlands and re-establish forage perimeters within annually cropped farmland across eastern Saskatchewan. The project has the potential to improve water quality by storing phosphorus in the eastern Saskatchewan portion of the Lake Winnipeg watershed. $275,000 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
2018/2019 Collaborative Governance as a Reconciliation Process in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg This project encourages leaders who have direct decision-making authority, to work together and focus on issues of common concern. The project will build relationships and identify knowledge gaps, as well as direct leaders through a process to investigate how decisions made today will affect water in the future. Project activities will include scenario rollouts, public engagement and the development of an Action Plan. $230,000 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources Inc.
2018/2019 Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network: Data for decision-making and public engagement The Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s Community-Based Monitoring (CBM) Program engages citizens and builds capacity for scientific data collection, analysis and sharing. This project will collect and share credible multiyear phosphorus data to inform decision-making and support targeted actions to reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Winnipeg. At the end of the project, the CBM Program will provide monitoring coverage for approximately 69,000 km2 of the agro-Manitoba landscape at 100 Water Survey of Canada hydrometric sites in partnership with 12 conservation districts. $260,000 Lake Winnipeg Foundation
2018/2019 Lake Winnipeg Basin Integrated Capacity Inventory This project will develop an Integrated Capacity Inventory (ICI) of organizational roles and capacity within the Lake Winnipeg Basin, providing a greater understanding of institutional capacity, relevant programs and their impact. The ICI will identify strengths and gaps in overall capacity, action and impact. It will also further enable the coordination, synthesis, evaluation and reporting of both lake and basin-wide initiatives, between stakeholders and government partners. $60,000 Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium
2018/2019 Enhancing Capacity for Collaborative Governance in the Lake of the Woods Basin This project will develop a water coordination program to strengthen collaboration and build capacity for organizations and groups working on nutrient reduction for the Lake of the Woods Basin, benefitting Lake Winnipeg downstream. This project includes: * developing a Charter for Lake of the Woods as a framework for action; * creating communication networks to improve knowledge sharing and coordination of activities; * improving knowledge and understanding of nutrient pollution and algae blooms and related science; * increasing public engagement and support for nutrient reduction actions; and * enhancing participation of public organizations with governments in the development of water quality objectives for the Lake of the Woods and Rainy River. $251,450 Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
2018/2019 Transboundary Events in the Assiniboine River Basin This project will increase awareness and collaboration to address transboundary water related issues in the Assiniboine River Basin. The project will initiate and encourage collaboration and joint planning, and help implement management decisions between municipal leaders, local watershed organizations, key provincial water decision makers and other stakeholders, on both sides of the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border. This will lead to improvements in water quality and the landscape within the Lake Winnipeg Basin. $115,500 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
2018/2019 First Nations Conservation, Protection and Restoration of the Lake Winnipeg Water Basin This project will promote collective stewardship to lead First Nation peoples forward with a collaborative strategy for the Conservation, Protection and Restoration (CPR) of Lake Winnipeg and her watershed. Project activities will establish collaboration between Indigenous communities and municipalities, environmental nongovernment organizations and industry to develop strategies to promote stewardship, collaborative approaches, and meaningful Indigenous engagement. The project will also incorporate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge within existing processes. $230,000 Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
2018/2019 Manitoba Metis Lake Winnipeg Basin Community-Based Monitoring Program This project will implement a Manitoba Metis Community-Based Monitoring Program in the Lake Winnipeg Basin in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. The project will increase awareness of water quality issues, help identify phosphorus hot spots to better focus nutrient reduction efforts, integrate Metis specific information into existing data collections and provide economic opportunities for Metis communities. $150,000 Manitoba Metis Federation
2018/2019 One Basin, One Governance The Red River Basin Commission and Southern Chiefs’ Organization are partnering with municipal leaders to construct a path for dialogue and reconciliation for all Indigenous and Tribal communities in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. This project will provide the venue for both Indigenous and non-indigenous participants to share knowledge, strengthen or create partnerships, and discuss opportunities for collaboration on future projects and activities. The project aims to create a respectful dialogue and an improved understanding of the water-related cultural and traditional values of Indigenous communities in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. $127,385 Red River Basin Commission
2018/2019 Building Watershed Resilience through Partnership Collaboration, Sharing and Capacity Building Manitoba's First Nations and Conservation Districts This project will provide an opportunity for Manitoba Conservation Districts and First Nation communities to meet, discuss and identify shared watershed concerns and collaborative watershed management decisions. Stronger relationships between Conservation Districts and First Nation communities will reduce phosphorus , restore wetlands, improve knowledge sharing and create new partnerships. $29,310 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
2018/2019 Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC): Building Capacity, Relationships and Representation This project will build the capacity of LWIC to address community concerns and share knowledge; strengthen collaboration between First Nation governments; and ensure Indigenous perspectives are represented and respected in decision-making and management processes to improve Lake Winnipeg’s water quality. This project will implement on-the-ground stewardship projects to improve water quality in partnership with local communities and First Nation governments. $200,000 Lake Winnipeg Foundation
2018/2019 Treaty #3 Watershed Management Plan This project will establish a Treaty #3 Watershed Management Plan (WMP) to develop an engagement and decision-making framework in line with Anishinaabe culture and Manitou Aki Inakinogawiin (Great Earth Law), combined with western science, to protect the land and water of Treaty #3 for future generations. The project will help protect water in each of the 28 regions of Treaty #3 Territory. $232,000 Grand Council Treaty #3
2018/2019 Enhancing Indigenous Engagement Training Workshop This project will help participants learn the appropriate protocol and process to enter into meaningful discussions with First Nation communities and understand First Nations’ concerns and issues on water. $10,000 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
April 2019 to March 2020
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2019/2020 "Bridging the Gap" connecting Riverwatch to phosphorus reduction in the Basin The Riverwatch Program is a unique way to engage students in hands-on science. This project will deliver the Riverwatch Program to students in Southern Manitoba, including youth in Treaty 1 and 2. It will also provide an opportunity for students to participate in the annual Riverwatch Forum, which focuses on collaborative efforts in the Red River Basin to improve water quality monitoring and assess results from community-based monitoring programs. $33,000.00 Prairie Spirit School Division
2019/2020 Floating Treatment Wetland platform and duckweed nutrient capture demonstration in a Manitoba municipal lagoon This pilot project will demonstrate the effectiveness of using Floating Treatment Wetland (FTW) technology, in conjunction with duckweed biomass harvesting, to remove phosphorus from municipal wastewater and reduce phosphorus loading into nearby Lake Winnipeg. $48,500.00 Village of Dunnottar
2019/2020 Grassed waterway and riparian enhancement This project will restore naturally meandering grassed waterways, implement riparian management activities and educate landowners on Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) that protect streambanks and reduce overland flooding, to limit nutrients running off the landscape. $60,000.00 Swan Lake Watershed Conservation District
2019/2020 Nutrient reduction through Baildon landowner engagement This project will reduce nutrient loading in the Lake Winnipeg Basin by stabilizing streambanks, installing erosion control structures and restoring and revegetating natural waterways and ditches. The project will also educate landowners on the importance of protecting water resources. $86,000.00 Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards Inc.
2019/2020 Drainage and wetlands – options to help mitigate nutrient transport from drainage networks This project will study the impact of different drainage options and practices to reduce the transport of nutrients to waterways. Project activities include: * creating a community-based monitoring program * measuring nutrient export across paired watersheds with varied drainage options * assessing the effectiveness of gated ditches and grassed waterways *training, education and outreach on project results, opportunities and the need for improved water quality management $64,000.00 University of Saskatchewan (Baulch)
2019/2020 Improving riparian health and grazing to benefit water quality This project will support landowners and partners to change riparian management practices to reduce the amount of soil and nutrients that enter nearby water bodies. The project aims to improve riparian health and surface water quality. $112,500.00 Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society
2019/2020 Manitoba non-point source nutrient retention This project is designed to store nutrients in high nutrient-contributing watersheds of the Lake Winnipeg Basin by restoring wetlands and using perpetual conservation easements to conserve these wetlands. $280,000.00 Ducks Unlimited Canada
2019/2020 Reducing phosphorus loading to waterways through soil and crop management practices This research project will evaluate soil and crop management practices for their ability to reduce the frequency and/or volume of runoff at the plant scale and evaluate these practices for their ability to reduce the loss of phosphorus in surface runoff. $159,225.00 University of Manitoba
2019/2020 Nutrient management using natural infrastructure investment principles in the Scallion watershed This project focuses on the development and implementation of restored wetlands, which will have multifunctional benefits and serve as critical natural infrastructure for nutrient management in the Scallion Creek watershed. It will use natural infrastructure (retention storage) to manage nutrients (phosphorus reduction). The outcomes will be monitored and analyzed to: * develop a nutrient management performance metric for investors in natural infrastructure * demonstrate value for money benefits * determine investment-readiness of retention storage as an alternative to conventional infrastructure $139,825.00 Strategic Community Consulting Inc.
2019/2020 MCDA water retention program, phase II Manitoba Conservation Districts Association will construct water retention projects in targeted, high nutrient-contributing waterways in the Red River, Assiniboine River, Souris River and Lake Manitoba basins. $180,000.00 Manitoba Conservation Districts Association
2019/2020 Improving Lake Winnipeg water quality through restoration of natural features on agricultural lands This project will use the ALUS model to implement water-quality improvement projects on select environmentally sensitive agricultural land. The implementation of management practices such as the seeding buffer strips, wetland restoration, exclusion fencing and alternate watering sources will filter, retain or reduce nutrients from entering waterways. $139,850.00 ALUS Canada
2019/2020 Protecting Nipiy (Water): Riparian restoration in the Battle River watershed This project will improve water quality in the Battle River and its tributaries through riparian restoration activities. Working in collaboration with the Samson Cree Nation, four riparian sites will be identified where management practices will be implemented. $150,000.00 Battle River Watershed Alliance Society
2019/2020 Testing for phosphorus in lakes and rivers flowing into the Saskatchewan River This project will gather comprehensive baseline data from four watersheds that contribute phosphorus to the Saskatchewan River. It will build a network of community residents to help create a long-term monitoring program. Water sampling results will be used to identify seasonal fluctuations in phosphorus levels. $100,000.00 Carrot River Valley Watershed Association Inc.
2019/2020 Win with water: Collaborative governance in action in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg Building on the success of past work, this project will create an agreed-upon approach based on common values to make regional water-protection and nutrient-reduction decisions. CIER and its partners have built a collaborative governance table comprised of Mayors, Reeves and Chiefs from municipalities and First Nations located within a 200 kilometre circular region surrounding and including Winnipeg. The project will implement a collaborative governance process that aims to build governance and reconciliation between the Mayors, Reeves and Chiefs. The overarching long-term goal is to establish a path forward to develop and implement an action plan addressing agreed-upon issues of common concern. $162,280.00 Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
2019/2020 The nexus between Lake Winnipeg water quality and livelihood assets: exploring impacts and solutions through civic engagement This project aims to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg by examining the impact of everyday activities on water quality. This project will: * integrate local knowledge in policies and planning decisions * increase cooperation and collaboration of First Nation communities surrounding Lake Winnipeg * incorporate scientific and traditional knowledge into resource management plans and activities The implementation of Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrients at the household and community level will ensure resources are managed sustainably. $100,000.00 Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
2019/2020 Building watershed resilience through engagement and capacity building with Saskatchewan Indigenous communities and watershed stewardship groups This project will provide an opportunity for Saskatchewan’s watershed managers and Indigenous communities to meet, discuss and identify shared watershed concerns and collaborate on watershed management decisions. SAW is working with the Mistawasis First Nation and other partners to strenghten relationships between Watershed Districts and Indigenous communities to implement water protection projects that will reduce phosphorus, improve knowledge sharing and create new partnerships. $20,000.00 Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds Inc.
2019/2020 Traditional knowledge integration to watershed planning and basin characterization in the Lower Winnipeg River Basin This project will build relationships between communities in the lower Winnipeg River Basin, IISD, Grand Council Treaty #3 and the Southern Chiefs' Organization. It will enhance communication and collaboration to facilitate community engagement and participation in the watershed management planning process. The project will also develop a guidance document on knowledge mobilization and collaboration with Indigenous communities, including integrating Traditional Knowledge with western science approaches to inform watershed planning and various resource sectors. $85,000.00 International Institute for Sustainable Development
2019/2020 SCO Water Committee to assess and protect natural water sources Working in collaboration with the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC), this project will create a Water Committee to develop an environmental monitoring framework to monitor and manage water resources, build water quality-related technical capacity in communities, and test water and map sources in 37 First Nation communities. The framework will set a benchmark, inform leadership and promote collaboration. $129,250.00 Southern Chiefs' Organization Inc.
2019/2020 Indigenous engagement on Lake Winnipeg Basin nutrient issues in Treaty 4, 5 and 6, Saskatchewan This project will support Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan to: * engage in meaningful and reconciliatory watershed-scale conversations about nutrient management * contribute to collaborative governance across watersheds on nutrient issues * enhance Indigenous engagement on nutrient issues in Treaty 4, 5 and 6 $177,805.00 University of Saskatchewan (Bradford)
April 2020 to March 2021
Year Project name Description Contribution Group
2020/2021 The Connectivity Project This project will support the St. Mary River Irrigation District’s goal to improve water quality within the watershed. Priority areas have been identified and riparian buffers using exclusion fencing and alternate water systems will improve pasture management practices and protect sensitive riparian zones. This work with reduce nutrient loading to reservoirs and waterways connected to the South Saskatchewan River which flows into Lake Winnipeg. $140,000.00 St. Mary River Irrigation District
2020/2021 Creek bank stabilization This project will stabilize and reseed streambanks with native grasses and plants to reduce erosion and nutrient transport to the waterways of Cooks-Devils Creek watershed. As part of the Red River Basin, it the largest nutrient- contributing basin to Lake Winnipeg. $16,191.00 Northeast Red Watershed District
2020/2021 Wetland and Riparian Area Restoration/Enhancement Protection Program This project will implement water retention and wetland restoration in prioritized sites. A multi-functional, retention storage strategy that incorporates natural infrastructure will be developed. Technical advice and support will be provided to ensure sustainability and proper management. Given the close proximity to Lake Winnipeg, this project will have direct benefits on the lake. $40,000.00 East Interlake Watershed District
2020/2021 Netley-Libau Marsh Renewal This pilot project will investigate the feasibility of using dredged sediment from the Red River to assist in the restoration of Netley-Libau Marsh, located at the delta where it enters Lake Winnipeg. With minimal disturbance to habitat, small portions of the river will be dredged and the sediment used to create vegetation shelves to enable additional removal of nutrients and improve the ecological function of the marsh. $80,000.00 Red River Basin Commission
2020/2021 Duckweed Phosphorus treatment systems in Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg watershed This project will demonstrate the capability of using floating treatment wetlands in conjunction with duckweed biomass harvesting, to remove phosphorus from storm water and livestock wastewater ponds. Floating treatment wetlands planted with cattails, sedges and grasses will be placed in ponds along with duckweed, a fast-growing aquatic plant. To reduce phosphorus loading to nearby waterways and Lake Winnipeg, duckweed will be harvested every 3 to 5 weeks. $100,000.00 International Institute for Sustainable Development
2020/2021 Nutrient and flow reduction in the Tobacco Creek model watershed This project will construct a network of water retention and wetland restoration sites in collaboration with the Redboine Watershed District and member municipalities. Project sites will be designed to retain nutrients, limit spring runoff and reduce downstream flooding. Scientific studies have deemed this type of work as an effective approach to intercepting nutrients along Manitoba’s escarpment. $40,000.00 Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association
2020/2021 Working together to keep cattle out of our water This project will restore degraded riparian habitat and prevent non-point source livestock phosphorus pollution along two waterways in the Assiniboine River watershed. AWSA will work with landowners to install off-site remote watering systems and fencing to restrict livestock from entering waterways. Riparian areas and shoreline will be restored through the planting of trees and shrubs. They will also engage with local high school students from Indigenous communities to monitor water quality and evaluate the success of the project. $43,088.00 Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association
2020/2021 Restoring wetlands with Indigenous communities and landowners within Lake Winnipeg Basin This project will support collaborative efforts between Indigenous communities and watershed organizations to restore wetlands on land managed by Indigenous communities in southeastern Saskatchewan. Project sites include a mix of annual cropland and perennial cover, incorporating Traditional Knowledge and science to prioritize wetland-restoration project sites. $130,000.00 Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
2020/2021 Indigenous engagement in the Lake Winnipeg Basin to build watershed resilience This project will expand on previous research on Manitoba’s Great Lakes including Lake Winnipeg, Lake Winnipegosis, Waterhen Lake and Lake Manitoba. In collaboration with the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) it will expand the Manitoba Métis Community-Based Water Monitoring Program and create a Water-Weather Keeper Program to facilitate the sharing of water, weather and climate-related information. MMF members will be trained in water sampling methods and provided with analytical support and training by CEOS. A summer student will also be hired through the university’s Indigenous training initiative to assist with this project. $50,000.00 Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS), University of Manitoba
2020/2021 Sioux Valley water retention partnership This project will provide an opportunity for the Assiniboine West Watershed District and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN) to collaborate on a water retention and erosion control project to reduce nutrient loading to the Assiniboine River and Lake Winnipeg. It will also build relationships that will facilitate future collaborative water management work. Upstream water retention project sites will hold nutrients on the land, provide long-term flooding protection to SVDN and drought resilience. The water retention structures will capture water from annual crop and pasture land and reduce erosion along streambanks. $32,000.00 Assiniboine West Watershed District
2020/2021 Swan Lake First Nation Lands Management Department This project will establish a steering committee for the Swan Lake First Nation watersheds to build relationships, share knowledge and develop strategies for nutrient-reduction initiatives. It will work collaboratively with neighbouring watershed districts to coordinate nutrient reduction and land management efforts, and to determine educational and outreach strategies to solicit input from the communities. $35,000.00 Swan Lake First Nation
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