Integrated Watershed Management Plans

Flooding, declining water quality, soil erosion, loss of wildlife habitat, streambank erosion, wetland drainage, lack of drought protection and increasing water demand are all common concerns for many watersheds in southern Manitoba.  As populations increase, so are demands for access to drinkable water.  Development and intense use of areas near watercourses contribute to water contamination and reduce the stability of sensitive river banks.  Uncontrolled drainage of fields and wetlands can increase runoff intensity and reduce base flows of streams in dryer months.  These things all occur in all watersheds, but to what extent?  How concerned should we be?  What can we do about it?