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Public input requested on Manitoba water strategy


July 21, 2021
By Ground Water Canada

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The Manitoba government is seeking feedback from Manitobans on the development of a provincial water management strategy through an online public engagement page.

“Water is a key resource for Manitobans, the environment and the economy, and our government is committed to the careful management of this precious resource,” said Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen in making the announcement. “We encourage Manitobans to share their thoughts with us and recognize we must work together to sustainably manage water, while considering the impacts of a changing climate and growing economic and social needs.”

The last provincial water management strategy for Manitoba was completed in 2003. Much has changed over the last 20 years and a new water strategy will ensure effective and sustainable management of our water resources, the minister said.

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The province is seeking Manitobans’ thoughts on the proposed water strategy framework. This framework highlights the vision statement, guiding principles and key focus areas that will be the foundation for the water strategy.

The province announced $1 million in funding earlier this year to support development and implementation of the water strategy. The fund will be administered by the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) and the established fund oversight committee will review and approve projects and activities under the fund.

To add your comments on the strategy, visit https://engagemb.ca/. The deadline for feedback is Aug. 13.