In 2013 the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District welcomed the residents of the Roseau River Watershed to our district! See Proposal – Seine-Rat River CD Expansion into Roseau River (PDF)
Although the Roseau River was new to the Watershed District, watershed planning and water management were nothing new to the area. Prior to joining the SRRWD, residents and local government in the Roseau River Watershed had already participated in the creation of several very important resource planning documents, habitat classification schemes and water quality monitoring efforts that can be found here.
As a first step after welcoming the Roseau River Watershed, the SRRWD in partnership with Manitoba Sustainable Development has started the process of drafting an Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) for the area.
Please contact our Vita office if you are interested in any of our programs.
The SRRWD’s expansion into the Roseau River Watershed also included opening a second office in Vita. This office houses our Watershed Tech Dorthea Gregoire. Residents and landowners are encouraged to drop by the office (RM of Stuartburn building at 108 Main St N) or contact her by phone 204-425-7877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since opening the Vita Office staff have been busy implementing programming across the watershed. During the summers of 2014 and 2015 summer staff inventoried all drinking water wells in the watershed offering free water testing (for coliform bacteria and E. coli) to all participating residents. During the summers of 2016 and 2017 SRRWD partnered with local municipalities to conduct a surface water assessment which included compiling an inventory of all municipal culverts in the watershed and using this data to hydro-condition LiDAR based elevation models that are being used in the development of several GIS based products including PTM App (more information coming soon!).
We’ve also been collecting water quality data along the Roseau River as well as along Pine Creek, Sprague Creek and the Jordan River. All of our data is posted on South Central Eco Institute’s website. To locate our results simply navigate to our watershed (Roseau River Watershed) and select one of our sites to visit. The SRRWD is has also been partnering with local schools to collect data on the communities of macro-invertebrates that live in our waterways (data coming soon!). Schools or groups interested in partnering in hands on learning and data collection are encouraged to contact our Vita Office.
Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District also offers all of its regular programming to the residents and landowners of the Roseau River Watershed.
Maps of the Roseau River Watershed and its natural resources