La Salle Redboine Conservation DistrictBy admin
LSRBCD was established in 2002. 37,000 residents reside within the
7,000 km2 of agricultural land, located in south-central Manitoba. Currently the district occupies the RMs of Victoria, South Norfolk, Portage, Grey, Macdonald, Cartier, Dufferin, and the portion of Ritchot west of the Red River. It also includes the City of Portage la Prairie and the towns of Carman, St Claude, and Treherne.
Abandoned well sealing, water retention, gully erosion repairs, and pasture management are staple programs delivered each season. Reduction of sedimentation and associated nutrients from the soils eroding into the La Salle River, Boyne River and other waterways as well as slowing surface water flows are among the District’s core programs. Flood control water retention for local supply and wildlife habitat with the added value of nutrient and sediment capture is a focus for significant portions of the District.
Partnerships with our school divisions and colonies assist them in delivering their curriculum with local examples. Educational wetlands and natural areas have been developed for use by schools and the public to improve their understanding of the connection between the environment and human impact.
Increased commercial and recreational fishing opportunities are anticipated from improvements to Delta Marsh and other important wetlands along Lake Manitoba. With more aquatic organisms and submerged vegetation, waterfowl production will be enhanced for local and visiting birdwatchers and hunters.
The La Salle River Integrated Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2011, and is now in the implementation phase. The plan is a guide to issues and problems put forth by landowners and stakeholders in the watershed and contains recommendations on methods of dealing with those issues. The Stephenfield Lake Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2005 and has been in the implementation stage for a number of years.
– The Cypress River Wetland Interpretive Trail (#2 Hwy at Cypress River).
– Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge (9 km south of Treherne on #242)
– St Claude Wetland Classroom – under development (#2 Hwy at St Claude; #240 south 0.5 km at railroad tracks)