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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Minnedosa Tribune

Conservation Districts to Amalgamate in January 2020

By KAREN MITCHELL

tinue to support healthy and sustainable water- sheds through focused, priority-based programs and partnerships that ad-

Arrow-Oak River. Each of the anticipated nineteen municipal partners, within the new district, have land within these watersheds

Little Saskatchewan River Conservation District, there are six sub-districts. After the amalgamation there will be nine sub-

dress water quality, flood-

and are currently partners

districts. A sub-district is

ing, drought, land use and

in a conservation district.

a

sub-watershed within

climate change. Watershed

Priorities to modern-

the watershed district. A

districts will continue to make planning and man- agement decisions to im- prove watershed health across all of Manitoba. The transition of being known

ize the conservation dis- trict program will include; align conservation district boundaries to watersheds, including a name change from conservation districts

sub-watershed is a specific drainage area. Currently within the LSRCD, the Little Saskatchewan River Watershed is divided into four sub-districts based

as

a watershed district bet-

to watershed districts; re-

on

the drainage area. After

ter reflects the land that is

fresh the program mandate

the

transition to the Assini-

being managed by the dis-

through enhancing surface

boine West Watershed Dis-

trict. “Compared to other organizations in Manitoba,

water management plan- ning and ecological goods

trict, the Little Saskatch- ewan River Watershed will

the fact that we work on

and services program-

be

split into two sub-dis-

a watershed boundary is

what makes us unique,” ex- plained Colleen Cuvelier, LSRCD District Manager. Locally, the Conserva- tion Districts that will be- come amalgamated come January 1st will include the Little Saskatchewan River, Upper Assiniboine and Lake of the Prairies. Upon amalgamation, the boundary of the new Assiniboine West Water- shed District will take in four watersheds within the Assiniboine River Basin. These watersheds include the Little Saskatchewan River, Shell River, Assini- boine-Birdtail River and

ming; amend legislation to support the boundary and name changes, facilitate enhanced partnerships with indigenous commu- nities, add flexibility for municipal funding and appointments and reduce red tape; modernize fund- ing models by moving to a three tiered funding approached, streamlin- ing provincial reporting requirements and plac- ing emphasis on program outcomes (return on in- vestment); and enhance watershed planning and implementation of water- shed management plans. Currently, within The

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tricts. One sub-district will

be the Upper Little Sas-

katchewan River; the other will be the Lower Little Saskatchewan River. The

sub-districts will be larger and will continue to have representation from the local residents appointed

by the municipal partners.

The Town of Minnedosa will continue to have two representatives on the conservation sub-district board. Representation can

be one councillor and one

citizen rep or two citizen reps, but can not be two councillors.

In regards to how the funding will be divided to all municipalities within the new area, Cuvelier explained, “Sub-district committee members will

identify priorities and projects for their sub- watershed. Funding is di- rected to complete those projects.” Core funding comes from a provincial- municipal match, where the province funds three dollars to every one dollar contributed by the munici- palities. At the present time, offices within the three conservation districts are located in Oak River, Miniota and Inglis. It has not yet been determined where the main office will be located following the amalgamation. “A transi- tion committee with rep- resentatives from the three conservation district amal- gamation partners has been formed,” explained Cuvelier. “The committee is discussing and making decisions regarding the set-up and operation of the new watershed district. Topics they will be discuss- ing are offices, staff, and programs.”

Since inception, the Lit- tle Saskatchewan River Conservation District has collaborated with land- owners, municipal govern- ments and other organi- zations to construct small dams. These small dams regulate the flow of water by slowing down the wa- ter, temporarily storing it, protecting roads from be- ing washed out. Small dam projects that are complet- ed on waterways upstream of the lake help slow down the flow of water, which reduces soil erosion. With- out the small dams these soil particles would oth- erwise end up in the lake. The management of sur- face water minimizes neg- ative impacts like flooding and erosion. With all this going on, The Little Saskatchewan River Conservation Dis- trict will continue to be open for business as usual throughout 2019. During the year, staff will be de- livering ALUS (Alterna- tive Land Use Services), shelterbelt planting, aban- doned well sealing, well water testing day, and rain barrel programs, just to name a few. “The district will also be supporting the construction of two pro- posed small dams. Check out the district’s website, watch for a flyer in your mailbox or watch for ad- vertisements in the news- paper for more informa- tion on programs in 2019,” concluded Cuvelier.

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T he Little Saskatch- ewan River Conserva-

tion District (LSRCD) was established in 1999. The District covers approxi- mately 4,200 kms and is located in southwestern Manitoba. The LSRCD’s eight municipal partners are the Municipalities of Oakview, Minto-Odanah, Yellowhead, and Rosedale; Riverdale, Clanwilliam- Erickson and Harrison Park; and the Town of Minnedosa. The District encompasses the major- ity of the Little Saskatch- ewan River watershed and a portion of the Arrow-Oak River watershed, which are both part of the larger As- siniboine River Basin. Recently, the provin- cial government has in- dicated program changes will come into force upon proclamation of The Wa- tershed Districts Act and the associated regula- tions on January 1st, 2020. Changes will see Conser- vation Districts transition- ing into Watershed Dis- tricts. A watershed is an area of land defined as the drainage area. Water- shed Districts will con-

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You are invited to attend the Municipality of Harrison Park

2019 BUDGET HEARING

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 8:00 P.M.

Harrison Park Municipal Office 43 Gateway Street, Onanole, MB

At this time the Council will present the proposed 2019 financial plan for the municipality. The presentation will provide an overview of the proposed financial plan followed by a forum for questions and comments from the public. The purpose of the hearing is to allow any interested person to make a representation, ask questions or register an objection.

Copies of the proposed financial plan and the procedures to be followed at the hearing are available upon request, at either municipal office (43 Gateway Street, Onanole, MB or 108 Main Street, Newdale, MB) during regular business hours. Questions and remarks may also be directed by letter to our Chief Administrative Officer or through our email address at admin@harrisonpark.ca

Consultation with our community is an important component of the Municipality’s budget process. Council encourages you to attend.

Chad Davies, CMMA Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of Harrison Park Ph: 204-848-7614

Dated this 3rd day of April, 2019.

(In accordance with subsection 162(2) of The Municipal Act)

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Annual General Meeting Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Minnedosa Golf & Curling Complex

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.