In Manitoba and in the Lake Winnipeg basin, the climate has always been variable, with times of high spring runoff, unpredictable high rainfall and droughts—and climate change is exacerbating the issue.

For the past decade, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has been working on multi-functional wetlands to address flooding, drought, and nutrient issues in the Lake Winnipeg Watershed.

The work has demonstrated that managed wetlands utilized for water retention, also provide a whole suite of stacked benefits. Capturing and reducing nutrient loading, enhanced wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and a sustainable biomass crop that can be harvested for sustainable energy use to offset the use of fossil fuels.

Learn more in the recently released brief “How to Best Manage Water Retention Sites to Protect Manitoba’s Environment”.

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