Pembina Valley Conservation DistrictBy admin
Pembina Valley Conservation District
Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) was officially established by Order In Council (cabinet resolution) on October 2, 1989; the CD covers approximately 1.2 million acres (1994 sq. miles) and is located in southwestern Manitoba. The original members were the Rural Municipalities of Lorne, Louise, Pembina and Thompson; they have since been joined by the villages/towns of Crystal City, Manitou, Pilot Mound, Cartwright and Morden (2007) and the RM of Roblin (1997) and the RM of Stanley (2003). Pembina Valley was the sixth CD to be formed in Manitoba since 1972, there have since been twelve more additions.
The primary reasons for forming the CD involved concerns with the loss of valuable topsoil through wind and water erosion in the area. Water shortages for local farmers, and erosion of municipal roads, have also been persistent problems. The establishment and operation of a CD has provided local landowners with technical and financial assistance, to participate in the kind of soil and water conservation programs that they feel are needed.
Some of the CDs programs are: small dam construction, backflood gates, grassed waterways, abandoned well filling, water testing, forage and salinity seed programs, gully and streambank stabilization, tree planting, pasture pipeline plow rental and dugout pumping equipment rental.
The CD is currently working on an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Pembina River along with the Assiniboine Hills and Turtle Mountain Conservation Districts and Manitoba Water Stewardship.
The CD owns Binney Interpretative Nature Preserve located 2 miles west and 2 miles north of Manitou. This park is open to the public so you may go “Critter Dipping” from our boardwalks, go bird watching, look at all the different types of wild flowers, have a scenic view from our lookout tower or just have a picnic and enjoy this natural setting.
The CD is currently developing the Alexander Ridge Park located on Highway #23, 3.5 miles west of Miami. The Trans Canada Trial goes through this park; there is a viewing tower to overlook the gorgeous Pembina Escarpment and a picnic area.