“Located in southeastern Manitoba, the Seine River Watershed is approximately 2,509 square kilometres in size. The Seine River has its headwaters in the Sandilands Provincial Forest, near the village of Marchand. The river meanders northwest to the town of Ste. Anne where the Seine River Diversion channels a portion of the flow west to the Red River. Between Ste. Anne and the Red River, the Diversion is joined by a number of tributaries, including Youville, Drain, Manning Canal and St. Adolphe Coulee. From Ste. Anne, the Seine River continues northwest, passing under the Red River Floodway through the Seine River Siphon and joins the Red River in Winnipeg.”
The SRRCD has been approved as the Water Planning Authority to begin the process of developing an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Seine River Watershed. We are among the first five Conservation Districts to begin such a plan.
Manitoba Water Stewardship is the main partner in this initiative. They, along with other provincial and federal government departments will provide technical and financial assistance to the plan. For more information and planning documents visit the Manitoba Sustainable Development IWMP site.
The Watershed Management Planning process will meet the requirements identified within the Water Protection Act, and will include a State of the Watershed Report, Watershed Health Report Card, and a Source Water Protection Strategy. A Watershed Planning Advisory Team (WPAT) comprised of local stakeholder representatives from rural municipalities, cities, academic institutions, agricultural organizations and other groups within the watershed, has been created and is part of the planning process. The WPAT will assist with some of the tasks identified within the planning process, mainly to identify issues, challenges, and opportunities, and is an integral part of the overall success of the IWMP.
Currently, the WPAT is involved in reviewing the draft plan, with the assistance of the technical sub-group committee. The membership of this sub-group is comprised of agencies holding watershed science information. The WPAT will then hold public consultations to get feedback on the draft plan from local residents. Please plan to attend one of these public consultation meetings.