Our Philosophy

The Lake of the Prairies Conservation District is committed to addressing the provincial priorities, as outlined in the Manitoba Water Strategy, and governed by The Water Protection Act. Although our main focus as a conservation district is water quality, we continue to abide by the mandate of the provincial CD program, which is to promote the sustainable use and management of land, water and related natural resources.

The Watershed

A watershed is comprised of the geographic area drained by a river and its tributaries. Therefore, by definition, a watershed is sensitive to the effects upstream land use activities have on downstream residents and natural systems. The whole system is connected environmentally, economically and socially through this concept as the ramifications from one area’s land use choices can be detected in downstream areas. LPCD uses this concept as its reference point for both district boundaries and programming and services The district seeks to identify areas and land use activities that demonstrate high risk for negative impacts on downstream water quality and quantity.

Soil’s Impact on Water Quality

Soil health is dependent on successful nutrient and organic matter management. However, anthropogenic nutrient sources have the potential to contaminate surface and ground water. As well, soil erosion can result in sediment deposits in watercourses, thereby affecting water quality.

Forestry’s Impact on Water Quality

The removal of trees from landscapes reduces water infiltration and soil cover which combine to leave soil vulnerable to net nutrient and material loss. Potential ramifications can include decreased water quantity and quality available for natural and human systems. Specifically, riparian trees and brush mitigate nutrient movement through surface and hyporheic zones, trap sediment and create productive wildlife corridors.

Fisheries and Wildlife’s Impact on Water Quality

Food, water, cover and space are essential elements of wildlife habitat. The destruction of valuable habitat (i.e. clearing bluffs, draining sloughs and rerouting water courses) not only contributes to declining wildlife populations, but also affects water quantity and quality on the landscape.

Lake of the Prairies Conservation District is therefore adopting a holistic approach to addressing the provincial priorities, realizing that the health of our district’s soil, forestry, and fisheries and wildlife resources ultimately impacts ground and surface water quality. This philosophy is evident in the our goals and objectives and in our approach to program delivery.