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IISD’s Response to Manitoba’s Proposed New Water Rights Regulations to Protect Wetlands and Make Drainage More Sustainable in the Province

The Government of Manitoba has proposed drainage regulations to ensure no net loss of wetland benefits while streamlining the drainage permitting process.

In our responses to these regulations, we focus on protecting Manitoba’s wetlands—an integral part of our landscape.

Among other recommendations, we argue that in order to preserve their great value, no licences should be issued to drain semi-permanent and permanent wetlands in Manitoba; that regulations on sub-surface tile drainage must stipulate closure dates to prevent downstream spring flooding and negative water quality impacts; and that all information about applications for drainage permits should be made accessible online.

Read the document for all of IISD’s recommendations to the Government of Manitoba and our suggestions for next steps.