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Title: Artificial land drainage in Manitoba: history, administration, law
Authors: Elliott, William P.
Supervisor: Not Available.
Examining Committee: Batt, B.D.J. (Delta Waterfowl Research Station) Sawatzky, H.L. (Dept. of Geology) Conway, E.J. (MB Dept. of Mines, Resources and Environmental Management) Newton, W.R. (MB Dept. of Mines, Resources and Environmental Management)
Graduation Date: 1977
Keywords: wetland preservation
slough drainage
drainage procedures manitoba
land drainage
prairie farm rehabilitation administration
water drainage
drainage law
Manitoba watercourses
Manitoba wetlands
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1977
Abstract: A history of the development and organization of artificial land drainage in Manitoba and the involvement of statutory authorities in land drainage is reviewed. The Department of Mines, Resources and Environmental Management Water Resources Division, conservation districts and municipal governments divide jurisdiction and responsibility over watercourses in Manitoba. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration and the Manitoba Department of Agricultural Technical Services Branch provide conditional assistance to farmers contemplating slough drainage. The Agricultural and Rural Development Agreement and the Fund for Rural Economic Development Program contain comprehensive drainage programs in Manitoba. The common and statute law concerning drainage is reviewed. Legal drainage procedures for individuals, rural municipalities, conservation districts and the Province of Manitoba are outlined. In addition, procedures for obtaining drainage assistance from the Manitoba Department of Agriculture and the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration are also presented. Many statutory provisions concerning drainage in Manitoba are obscure and inconsistent. Clarification of these provisions is sorely needed before drainage law can be used as an effective tool in a wetland preservation effort.
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