Even the Progressive Conservatives in MB aren't very "conservative". I just spent half the morning sending emails to government MLA's on their proposed drainage policy that allows drainage if you pay $12,000/acre and they give it to Duck's Unlimited!!! Talk about sickening, giving money to those idiots to be able to use our own land!
Changes to 3 diff pieces of legislation have been in the works for quite some time. Approx 18 months ago their was a public consultation into what changes /amendments should be made. This covered drainage regs, Conservation Districts and watersheds and an ALUS program if I remember correctly. Now this is the public consultation on the final document.
The proposed chges in so far as wetlands drainage are not new. Thru the licensing process getting a license to drain a permanent wetland would be difficult. Federally thru Dept of Oceans and Fisheries they had this type of system years back. If a person was to do work on a wetland, river, creek etc that negitavely impacted it then the person would have to do some form of mitigative work to offset the damage either onsite or on another location. RM had to deal with this numerous times. Whats new is that now a $ value can be put on it and basically handed of to another agency. I'm assuming DU,CD etc.
Govt's at all levels are getting pressure from all sides to manage / regulate drainage and land use. Their is a lot more emphasis being placed on wetland preservation, water retention and reducing water flows. The damage caused to private property ( land,farm buildings,crops, homes, fancy cottages built in flood zones at lake level etc) and public infastructure ( roads, culverts, bridges etc) by flooding is huge. Private insurance doesn't cover most of this and Govt's at all levels are broke and cannot afford to keep paying millions out in emergency programs and Disaster Assistance Funding. This is not only a problem in Manitoba but the rest of Canada and worldwide. Govt's are now stuck dealing with the problem created by years of poor land use planning, bad property development esp along lakes / rivers and insufficient water / drainage infastructure that has not kept up to current needs. Prov and municipal drainage infastructure that was built 1940 -60 was not designed to handle todays flows and unfortunately has not been upgraded or maintained to deal with todays agricultural and urban needs.
A lot of the other proposed chges I think will streamline the permit process to do Minor drainage and culvert/crossing works for farmers and RM.
Unfortunately the reality is that their will be more regulation and cost.