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January 2019

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Blue iris in a wetland

UPDATE: the deadline to provide feedback has been extended to Jan. 26.

Manitoba Sustainable Development is currently seeking public input on a draft regulation governing water drainage that will impact wetlands across Manitoba.

The government’s stated goal is to streamline the approval process for routine drainage/water retention work and provide enhanced wetland protection through a new requirement to compensate for wetland drainage. However, as currently presented, the proposed amendments will not protect wetlands and in fact, are more likely to accelerate their destruction.

Wetlands are...

Dear LWF supporter,

Lake Winnipeg needs your immediate help.

In Decembers’ e-update, we encouraged you to take part in Manitoba Sustainable Development’s public consultations on proposed regulatory changes impacting drainage and wetland protection.

Since then we’ve conducted a thorough review of the Water Rights Regulation – and we are very concerned.

Wetland habitats provide a diversity of valuable benefits, including filtering algae-causing phosphorus from the water which flows through them. Protecting these threatened ecosystems protects Lake Winnipeg.

In June 2018, the guiding principle of no net loss of wetland benefits was enshrined in provincial legislation. As currently presented, however, the Water Rights Regulation does not adhere to this principle – and in fact, is likely to accelerate wetland destruction.

Please join us in advocating for sensible drainage regulations that will actually protect Manitoba’s threatened wetlands and improve water quality.

Click here to learn more and see an example of an effective submission.

The deadline for feedback on the Water Rights Regulation is Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Submissions can be emailed to drainage@gov.mb.ca.

Thank you for taking action on this very important issue,

The LWF team

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LWF's office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Louis Riel Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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