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 landowner will pay a flat rate of $200 per well sealed and the District will cover the remainder of the cost (contractor and materials) of sealing each well.
The landowner is responsible for being onsite to direct the contractor to the exact location of the abandoned well.
Well Water Testing
Sample collection bottles can be picked up at our office in Deloraine.
For more information on proper well maintenance and care please go to wellaware.ca
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.
Remote 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
Contact us for more information on how to apply!
• To construct stone crossings on intermittent or permanent streams to reduce sedimentation from livestock crossings;
• To protect surface water quality; and
• To protect fish habitat.
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
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.
Objective: Seed forages on saline soils (i.e. along roads, borders of fields and surrounding wetlands) within the Souris River Watershed District – East Souris River Watershed to address the growing concerns associated with salinity.
• Quantity of seed is limited to 20 acres per farming operation.
• Priority will be given to targeted areas
• Valid Environmental Farm Plan is required
Deadline: January 22, 2021
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.
Pollinator Habitat - Mixed Grass Prairie region
Program Objective: Establishment of pollinator habitat in the mixed grass prairie region of Manitoba through the establishment of planting native plants, tame forages and shrub/tree shelterbelts. The objective is to provide valuable habitat for pollinators who are at risk.
Maximum of 50 acres of Pollinator Seed available.
Environmental Farm Plan required.
Deadline to apply: February 19, 2021.
Wildlife Habitat - Hay and Forage Seed
PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the program is to restore and enhance habitat in the
Souris River Watershed District (SRWD) by assisting producers in the establishment of tame forages and shrub/tree shelterbelts. These practices provide a number of benefits including enhanced habitat for at risk pollinators and waterfowl.
Maximum of 50 acres of seed available.
Deadline to apply: February 19, 2021.
TMCD owns several pastures in the district that may be available for rent for a 2-3 year period.
Burrowing Owl Recovery Program Partner
For information on the program visit: http://www.mborp.ca/