Penner Water Retention

~15 miles southeast of Steinbach


  • Provides water supply for livestock
  • Reduces flooding downstream
  • Reduces nutrient loading to the Manning Canal
  • Increases aquatic and wildlife habitat
  • Builds on-farm resiliency to climate change
  • Increases carbon storage


  • 22 acre-feet* of water stored
  • 65 cm depth of water
  • Open Culvert allows passive flow through the berm
  • Cell grid and geotextile matting reducing erosion and allowing travel across spill wa

*an acre foot of water is equivalent to having 1 ft deep water spread across 1 acre of land

Project Overview

The Penner water site is ideal for retention. A 800 meter berm was placed across a low lying area on the property. A cultvert and a rock and gravel-reinforced spillway allow for passive flow. . During peak flows downstream flooding of rural homes and agricultural land is reduced.