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.
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.