Stewardship of Land, Water, and Resources
Our future is defined by the quality of the environment. We understand the need to connect decision making to the environment and to link individual, regional and global actions. The Capital Region must measure success by the health of our environment, including the protection of our natural and agriculture lands, the quality of our water, the health of our lakes and the quality of the air we breathe. On a broader stage it is measured by our impacts on global warming. The Capital Region environment must be protected through intentional strategies and practices.
Now released: Securing Our Future: An Action Plan for Manitoba’s Capital Region
Securing Our Future: An Action Plan for Manitoba’s Capital Region is a long-term regional action plan for coordinated planning, strategic infrastructure investment, service sharing and economic growth to achieve our vision of a competitive, connected and resilient Manitoba Capital Region now and for our future.
See Stewardship of Land, Water, and Resources in Securing Our Future.
Achieving Our Goals
- We are good stewards of our natural lands, agricultural lands, and green spaces.
- We are good stewards of our aquatic ecosystems, surface and subsurface water.
- We reduce greenhouse gases and build resiliency to the risks of extreme weather and climate variability.
In 2014, the Province rolled out its Surface Water Management Strategy, which calls for improvement and protection of water quality, and preparation for extreme events.
Historically, the Capital Region was primarily agricultural land with a history of flooding.
Original drainage works were constructed to drain land as quickly as possible following the spring melt, extending the growing season. These included construction of large regional open channel drainage networks and field drains. Land drainage within the City of Winnipeg and other urban areas, likewise sought to move storm water as quickly as possible to natural watercourses.
Over the past years there has been a shift in understanding and Capital Region leaders are undertaking new approaches for managing agricultural runoff, and urban storm water management are being introduces to reduce nutrient loading, to preserve and protect wetlands, and to prepare for extreme events.
The Capital Region is very fortunate to have the Carbonate Aquifer, a large regional aquifer system that extends from the U.S. boarder to north or The Pas. The Carbonate Aquifer serves as a major source of water supply for municipal, industrial and residential use across the Capital Region and Manitoba.
This vital resource and its recharge areas in the Sandy Lands, Birds Hill and near the town of Stonewall must be protected to ensure safe and sufficient water supplies for our future.
Winnipeg’s drinking water comes from Shoal Lake, a large isolated lake in the southeast corner of Manitoba and part of the Lake of the Woods. Water is transferred from Shoal Lake by the Winnipeg Aqueduct which was constructed between 1915 and was completed in 1919 and still supplies Winnipeg with abundant fresh clean water. Water goes from the aqueduct to Deacons Reservoir that first operated in 2009 and has the capacity to treat 400 million litres of water a day.
Farmers across Manitoba add value to the economy of Manitoba and Canada in a significant way. They not only produce safe, affordable and quality food - they significantly contribute to the way of life of Manitobans.
Proper planning and protection of Manitoba’s farm land will ensure we maintain our prosperity and food security. With effective agriculture production practices in place, we can maximize future opportunities as they arise.
The agribusiness industry represents a major and dominant component in Manitoba’s economy. It employs the largest percentage of the workforce in the City of Winnipeg and is the second largest contributing sector through the economy’s GDP.
The City of Winnipeg is home to the headquarters of the majority of grain trading companies doing business in Canada including; G3, Richardson International, Paterson Grain and Parrish & Heimbecker in addition, there are key agriculture companies that house their Canadian head offices in Winnipeg including Cargill Limited, Monsanto Canada Inc., BrettYoung Seeds and Canterra Seeds.
Manitoba Capital Region: Cartier Regional Water Co-op
The Cartier Regional Water System provides potable drinking water from the Assiniboine River.
The system deliver water to a population of approximately 10000 rural residents and communities located in the municipalities of Cartier, Grey, Headingley, Portage La Prairie, Rockwood, Rosser, St. Francois Xavier & Woodlands. It consists of a central Water Treatment Plant located in St. Eustache, a regional distribution system and satellite reservoirs with local distribution mains. Satellite reservoirs are located at Elie, Grosse Isle, Headingley, Headingley Correctional Institute (HCI), Oakville, Fannystelle and St. Francois Xavier. The Cartier Regional Water Co-op supplies water for CentrePort Canada and will soon service the municipality of West St Paul.
Manitoba Capital Region: The Winnipeg Floodway – Duff’s Ditch
“The Red River Floodway, “Duff’s Ditch”, was constructed in 1962-68 to protect the City of Winnipeg from inundation by the Red River during years of severe flooding. The floodway channel carries floodwaters past the city and, in supplementing the flow capacity of the Red River channel at Winnipeg, precludes spring flood waters from rising to a height sufficient to overflow the river dikes and flood much of the city, including the central business district. A major public works undertaking, the Red River Floodway is representative of a Canadian tradition of governments cooperating at all levels to undertake public works engineering projects to overcome natural obstacles, and the vagaries of Nature, to establish and/or sustain the growth of communities in threatening or inhospitable environments—a tradition that embraces the construction of transportation and communications links, as well as the protection of communities from natural disasters. An engineering achievement of national import, the floodway proved its worth beyond dispute during the “Flood of the Century” in 1997.” ~ Manitoba History Society