The objective of this program is to seal abandoned wells throughout the TMCD in order to protect the quality of groundwater in aquifers, eliminate the safety hazard to humans and livestock as a result of unsealed abandoned wells, and to promote the importance of water quality within the TMCD. The TMCD will pay 100% of the total cost (contractor and materials) of sealing each well within the District.
Well Water Testing
TMCD covers shipping costs for individuals wanting to test their well water. Sample collection bottles can be picked up at our office in Deloraine. Shipments are made every Tuesday from our office in Deloraine. A second drop-off location is at the Killarney – Turtle Mountain Municipal Office, 415 Broadway Avenue, Killarney, MB. Shipments are on the 1st Tuesday of every month for samples taken within the TMCD. For more information on proper well maintenance and care please go to wellaware.ca
Small Water Storage Program
TMCD will work with landowners to create water storage areas that support our Surface Water Management objectives. Some examples include: small dam for water storage, backflood dam to relieve downstream pressure, and to increase soil moisture, small control structure to aid with downstream flooding and heavy rains.
Alternate Watering System
Remote watering system is a solar powered pumping system that allows livestock to drink from a trough instead of directly from natural water sources. TMCD provides assistance to landowners whose current watering source is a creek or river. TMCD may cover 100% of project cost up to a maximum of $5,000 based on targeted areas.
A rain garden is a shallow depression, planted with native species that captures storm water off a property. Rain gardens assist to reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials from entering the surface water system. The Turtle Mountain CD may pay up to a maximum of $2000 per project. Click here to learn more. Complete the Rain Garden Worksheet to get started on your own project today. The Rain Garden program is only available to urban residents within the district.
This program is designed to:
- Prevent further erosion on waterways and shorelines with low-moderate erosion potential
- Protect and improve water quality by preventing bank erosion and downstream sedimentation
- Educate landowners in the benefits of maintaining a healthy riparian area.
Ag Action Manitoba Program - Assurance: Ecological Goods and Services
Ag Action Manitoba Program, Assurance: Ecological Goods and Services funding available through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
Funding provided to conservation districts to work with farmers to implement practices that conserve and enhance ecological goods and services (EGS) on the agricultural landscape.
The activity has seven focus areas that will improve water quality and management, and provide other important environmental services derived from well-managed stocks of natural capital on agricultural lands:
- Water Retention and Runoff Management
- Wetland Restoration and Enhancement
- Soil Health Improvement- Establishment of soil health crops
- Riparian Area Enhancement
– Alternative livestock watering systems
– Establishment of riparian vegetation
– Riparian fencing
– Improved crossing structures
– Constructed works to stabilize erodible areas
- Natural Upland Area Rejuvenation and Enhancement
- Land Rehabilitation
– Salinity control
– Erosion control
– Landscape restoration
- Tree Plantings and Woodlot Management
Wakopa Ecological Goods & Services Incentive Program
Wakopa Creek Sub-District is offering a tax offset program on wetlands and grassed waterways. If you are a landowner in the Long River Watershed area within the Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain, south of HWY #3, and west of HWY # 18, then you are eligible for a tax break for the three (3) year program term for leaving your wetlands undisturbed. The Wakopa Creek Sub-District members are connecting this program to the municipal tax process.
A grassed waterway is a natural or constructed channel used to prevent soil loss and gully formation in cultivated fields and used to protect surface water quality. They are seeded with salt tolerant grass and/or legume mixture.
Gully Erosion Repair Program
The Gully Erosion Repair Program will assist to protect surface water quality and minimize water erosion and flooding damage by providing physical adjustments and alterations along gully formations.
Salinity Seed Management
Seed forages on saline soils (i.e. along roads, borders of fields and surrounding wetlands) within the TMCD East Souris River Watershed to address the growing concerns associated with salinity.
- Quantity of seed is limited to 10 acres per farming operation.
- Priority will be given to targeted areas
The 2018-19 intake has closed. Applications may be submitted for Feb/Mar 2019-20 intake.
Salinity Soil Testing
TMCD will cover 50% up to a maximum of $500 for landowners to have salinity soil sampling conducted on their property using either probe soil samples or Veris salinity soil sampling equipment. This will assist in providing management of saline areas. Landowners within the Waskada Creek Sub-District are eligible to apply with one application per farm operation.
GIS mapping: Aerial Photo Assessment
The TMCD is able to create maps/aerial photos using Geographic Information System (GIS) computer software. The GIS allows TMCD to display resource data and to assist in effective project planning and management. Staff are able to assist with mapping and measuring needs for your operation. Services may include acre counts and ortho maps. Cost is $5 per map.
Turtle Mountain Conservation Agreements
Partnership program between the TMCD and MHHC to ensure long-term conservation of the forested habitat on private land in the Turtle Mountains.
Wetland Conservation Agreements
This partnership program involves Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Turtle Mountain Conservation District to ensure long-term conservation and/restoration of wetland habitat on private land surrounding Whitewater Lake and Killarney pothole areas.
TMCD owns several pastures in the district that may be available for rent for a 2-3 year period.