A Surface Water Management Initiative to conduct an inventory of the culverts within the Turtle Mountain Conservation District. Used as a tool in surface water management for planning and decision making.
Click Culvert Inventory to view inventory for Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester and Killarney-Turtle Mountain Municipality.
Click the dots to bring up information on each culvert. Inventory contains information on culvert size, elevation, location, condition and photos.
Water Soft Path’s
The Water Soft Paths is an innovative way to look at a community’s water consumption and usage and strive to come up with a long term (20 to 50 years) plan to reduce water consumption through conservation, reallocation and reuse.
Conservation Districts can facilitate this program to their member Municipalities.
For more information contact the TMCD or view the document THE SOFT PATH FOR WATER IN A NUTSHELL
Burrowing Owl Project
The Burrowing Owl has been declining in population since the late 1970s and was listed as endangered in 1992. The declining population is due to the loss of habitat, environmental contaminants and increased predation. The Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery program began in 2009 with the goal of re-establishing a self-sustaining Burrowing Owl population in Manitoba.
The backflood was identified in a GENIVAR Water Needs Assessment and Surface Water Management Assessment Study in the East Souris River Watershed. The backflood allows water to be temporarily stored on the property which assists to slow the water down and relieve downstream flooding along the Medora Creek, including flood protection for the Town of Deloraine.
The Souris River Riparian Enhancement Program
This project was designed to identify negatively impacted riparian areas along the Souris River. TMCD identified targeted land managers and provided an incentive based funding to help practise BMP’s including riparian fencing and offsite watering systems Outcomes from this project are to see decreased nutrient loading, decreased sediment loading, increased riparian health and improved habitat and water quality.
Protecting the riparian area of creeks and streams in Manitoba to improve water quality is a key focus for many Conservation Districts. Several government and non government programs are aimed at this topic as well. Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA) received funding to study two of the more popular tools thought to be effective in addressing the areas of concern.
Whitewater Lake Conservation Auction
The Turtle Mountain Conservation District (TMCD) is promoting and protecting ecological goods and services (EG&S) on agricultural land in the Whitewater Lake sub-watershed. Conservation auctions are a unique type of procurement auction where participating land owners place bids for providing Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S).
Like a conventional procurement auction, participants submit bids indicating the price they are willing to accept/willing to sell their good or service for. The bids are then ranked based on the environmental benefit provided for the price of the bid so that the maximum amount of environmental benefit is achieved with the available budget. Considerations will include land cover, water holding capacity, agricultural capability, elevation, waterfowl production and frequency of flooding.
Landowners can take part in this voluntary auction by submitting bids for any or all of the following three types of activities: 1. land purchases 2. conservation agreements (agreements in perpetuity held between the landowner, TMCD and the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation) 3. implementation of BMPs (10-year agreements with landowners to modify land use practices, including restoration, construction or enhancement of wetlands, salinity barriers, water storage, restoration of natural cover, such as trees and native prairie) and forage set-up in sensitive areas.
The auction process has four steps:
- Expression of interest (EOI) – Registering an EOI makes you eligible to submit a bid in the auction. It can be submitted by email, fax, or in person to the TMCD office. Submitting an EOI form does not commit you to anything. Its purpose is to inform TMCD of your proposed actions before the auction. Changes to your decision can be made in the bid preparation process.
- Bid preparation –The TMCD will work with landowners to develop a management plan that outlines potential projects for your land. The TMCD will give you a copy of the plan to review. Once the plan is agreed to, you may set your bid price. You can choose to withdraw from the process at this time.
- Bid submission – When the management plan and bid price are finalized, TMCD will give you a bid submission form. You can complete the form and submit it to TMCD by email, fax, or in person.
- Bid evaluation – Bids will be evaluated using an environmental benefits index based on the amount of EG&S (ex: watershed benefits) being provided and the price being asked. The index is based on data sources, including: agricultural capability, land use, soils, elevation, wetlands, waterfowl production, proximity to protected areas and water storage capacity.
Deloraine Community Orchard
On June 6, 2005 there were 11 students from the Deloraine Collegiate grade 8 class who assisted the TMCD and Town of Deloraine in planting the Deloraine Orchard. A total of 483 fruit bearing trees were planted through a grant provided by the Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program. The trees included Nanking, Mongolian and Plum Cherry trees, Saskatoon, Highbush Cranberry and a variety of apple trees. There will also be several more rows added next spring, once the area is prepared. The trees from PFRA will include buffaloberry, chokecherry, green ash, lilac and dogwood.
Volunteer Stream Watch Monitoring Program
The objective of this program is to involve members of the community in monitoring the quality of the surface water in their area. Volunteers are supplied with water quality monitoring equipment that they take out to selected locations throughout the TMCD once a month from spring to fall. The results from each year are recorded so that changes in water quality can be monitored throughout the years.