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AHCD will provide technical and financial assistance for a variety of projects.
Some of which include:
* Pool & Riffle Structures
*Livestock & Equipment Crossings
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South West Manitoba Water Festival
2014 will mark the 10th Annual South West Water Festival hosted in partnership with Assiniboine Hills, Turtle Mountain and West Souris River Conservation Districts.
Held in the scenic Victoria Park at Souris in September, the Grade 5 & 6 students from these districts schools are educated on the importance of healthy watersheds. There are activities to engage the students in the day long event on water, fish and aquatic ecosystems.
The River Watch Program provides leadership experiences for students, teachers and citizens, promotes community understanding of the importance of watersheds, and contributes to a greater understanding of baseline water quality within the watershed. Water sampling is done on a regular basis throughout the open water season. In Manitoba, the program is delivered by the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, and locally by the South Central Eco Institute (SCEI).
Envirothon is an annual hands-on environmental education competition for high school students, designed to encourage team work, problem-solving skills, and public speaking skills while fostering an appreciation for current environmental issues.
Often referred to as the “Environmental Olympics”, Envirothon combines the exhilaration of team competition, the challenge of learning about environmental issues, and the experience of using this knowledge in hands-on activities. This approach to environmental education helps students to develop skills necessary to address environmental issues, such as team work, problem-solving, critical thinking, and public debate. This annual event is held in partnership with Assiniboine Hills, LaSalle Redboine and Pembina Valley Conservation Districts.
This event, which first started nine years ago at Rock Lake, has moved to various waterbodies in the District allowing schools further away to take part in this popular winter activity.
The attraction is an afternoon of ice fishing but there’s much more involved. Each school gets a separate day.The morning is all about learning; we discuss fish species, habitat requirements, regulations, and ice safety. The class then builds their own ice fishing rigs made from a willow stick, line, and hook. After lunch we head out onto the river or lake and try our luck at fishing.
WATER CONTAMINATION | FENCING PROJECT
Conservation District, First Nations
“We’re trying to reach out and involve all the stakeholders
so everybody knows what’s going on and to get their concerns
BY REBECA KUROPATWA
A First Nation in southern Manitoba has received assistance from a local conservation district to help solve a potential water contamination problem stemming from its livestock operation. The Assiniboine Hills Conservation District (AHCD) worked with the Swan Lake First Nation to make improvements to a reserve pasture near Carberry.
John Rigaux, land manager for the First Nation, said the band has raised bison since the 1970s. It also has feeder cattle and 20 elk. The Epinette Creek flows through the reserve, and the Assiniboine Delta Aquifer supplies water to communities such as Carberry and Glenboro, as well as to farmers for irrigation. The bison previously had access to the creek, “but we didn’t want the bison going into the creek and polluting it,” said Rigaux. He said the conservation district helped secure provincial funding. “We put up about two kilometres of fencing, dug a 20 foot well, have the pumps operated by solar panels. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all the fencing done before the winter, so the system needs to be completed this spring.”
Rigaux said the intention is to keep the bison out of the creek, provide more pasture area and improve pasture rotation. “The chief and council were very excited about it, as the First Nations realize we must form partnerships to better survive,” said Rigaux. “This partnership with the conservation district was the first time in Manitoba that a conservation district provided financial assistance to a First Nations people. So, we sort of broke new ground.” The AHCD provided most of the funding and expertise, while the Swan Lake First Nation provided the manpower as well as materials, equipment and in-kind contributions. “We’d approached the conservation district several times in the past and, actually, the policy they work under doesn’t include First Nations,” said Rigaux. “The province is looking to change the policy so they can include First Nations in their programs. We’re really pleased to have been able to accomplish our goal, and it also helped the conservation district accomplish what they wanted.” The project has also received support from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.
The First Nations also belongs to a watershed management board, which manages the watersheds to prevent pollution. Swan Lake First Nations is now working with the Pembina Valley Conservation District, local game and fish officials and the province to improve the quality of Swan Lake, which may include control structures to raise the lake levels. The Pembina River flows through the lake, and water levels are good in the spring. However, the water tends to drain out, leaving a shallow lake that doesn’t support fish. “We’re trying to increase or maintain water levels so it will be better for angling,” said Rigaux. “We’re trying to reach out and involve all the stakeholders so everybody knows what’s going on and to get their concerns and know what they’d like to see happen.”
Taken from the Western Producer - April 17, 2014 Edition - Available online at http://www.producer.com
DUC partners with Assiniboine Hills Conservation District to restore Local Wetland
April 25, 2014 – Brandon, Man. – A small 56-year-old wetland conservation project in southwestern Manitoba has received a new lease on life, thanks to co-operative efforts by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Assiniboine Hills Conservation District.
DUC and AHCD recently conducted repairs at the Woodtick project, located in the RM of Whitewater, to enable the project to continue doing what it was originally designed for; retaining water and preserving natural habitat.
Located about eight miles from Nesbitt, the Woodtick project was constructed in 1958, when DUC built a small dam across a creek in a wooded ravine and installed a sloped 18-inch culvert to hold back about four feet of water. The dam is located immediately upstream of a municipal road and keeps water away from the road, thus preventing it from getting saturated and damaged. The project’s landowner, Dan McIntyre, an avid conservationist, uses the land adjacent to the project to graze horses, and stocks rainbow trout in the project’s water. Over time, the project’s culvert became rusted and plugged with beaver debris. The dam was starting to erode, and water had overtopped the dam during a recent runoff event. This threatened to damage the road. Working together, DUC and AHCD removed the culvert with a backhoe and built a rock spillway to retain the water and make the project easier to keep clean. The AHCD contributed the costs of construction for this project, while DUC provided the engineering and supervision services.
“Wetland conservation and restoration is a huge challenge on today’s landscape. We are very fortunate to have great partners in conservation like the AHCD, to assist in the restoration of wetlands like the Woodtick project,” says DUC engineer Dave Dobson. “Together, we can always accomplish more.”
DUC actively encourages governments and private landowners to preserve wetlands in order to maintain natural habitat for waterfowl and wildlife, help reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality by reducing sediments and nutrients.
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Kosheluk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Phone: 204-467-3279 **Taken from the ducks.ca provincial news 2014**