Prairie Watersheds Climate Program (PWCP)
The Prairie Watersheds Climate Program (PWCP) is led by the Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW) and delivered by Manitoba’s Watershed Districts and the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW).
The PWCP provides up to $40 million in financial support, through OFCAF, to producers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to accelerate their adoption and implementation of on-farm beneficial management practices (BMPs) to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, support production efficiency, sustainability and resiliency on their farm operations. To assist producers with their adoption of new BMPs, the program offers producers resources to support BMP implementation and provide BMP design recommendations.
The three BMP streams in the PWCP program are:
1. Improving nitrogen management:
o for example, agronomic services to develop farm-specific nutrient management plans, equipment modifications for fertilizer application in fields, and soil sampling and analysis.
2. Increasing adoption of cover cropping:
o for example, payment-per-acre to cover adoption or related costs such as seeds and equipment. Cover crops are plants, like clover and alfalfa, that are planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of being harvested.
3. Expanding the adoption of rotational grazing:
o for example, agronomic services to develop grazing management plans, interior cross fencing, water system infrastructure, legume and forage seeds. Rotational grazing is the practice of containing and moving livestock through pasture to allow forage plants to recover, deepen their root systems and improve soil health.
PWCP Information Webinar Video can be found here
** Application forms are fillable pdf(s) that can be either printed out and handed in to the office or emailed to email@example.com***
All applications must include a Professional Assessment Form to be approved. Please call the office for more information.
Nitrogen Management- Equipment Upgrades & Split Fertilizer Nitrogen Management - Fertilizers Substitutes and Manure Nitrogen Management- Legumes Nitrogen Management - Nitrogen Management Plan, Soil testing & Soil Mapping Nitrogen Management- Nitrification and Urease Inhibitors Cover Cropping Rotational Grazing Professional Assessment Form
Cover Crop Program
This program is designed to encourage and assist producers to implement a cover crop as part of their crop rotation for their fields. The program will fund $35/acre for the establishment of cover crops. Producers are required to sign a one year agreement to ensure that the crop has a minimum 60 day growing period, is multi-species, to not disturb the living roots of the crop and leave the crop for winter kill until it can be worked into the soil the following spring. Approved applicants are allowed to graze, hay, or cut the cover crop, but cannot disturb the roots. Producers can apply every 3 years on the same field.
Application Due: July 14, 2023Cover Crop Application 2023
Seeding erodable land into forage and pasture. Landowner is eligible to apply for a maximum of 100 acres. Application must be made between September 15 and June 15 each year. Once application is approved, a purchase order is sent to the landowner and certified seed can then be purchased from a company of their choice. Invoice must be submitted for payment by June 15. The District will provide assistance $35/acre.
Application Due June 15, 2023Forage Application
Pasture Management Program
This program was created to help producers with the establishment costs of reducing the pressure of livestock on waterways and promote better pasture management. Approved projects must demonstrate watershed benefits to the surrounding riparian areas. There are funds to help with Alternative Watering Systems, Well Development, Riparian Fencing, and Livestock Crossings.Pasture Management Application
To stabilize natural water courses on steep slopes and prevent soil erosion on adjacent lands. Board covers 75% of construction costs and the landowner contributes 25%.Grassed Runway Application
Abandoned Well Sealing
The WWD provides the materials required for the disinfecting and proper sealing of the well(s) and arranges the rental and contracting of any equipment necessary for excavation. The cost share for the project is 25% landowner and 75% district.Abandoned Well Capping
Repairs to eroded areas where water has created damage to a waterway or adjacent field. Board covers 75% of construction costs and landowner contributes 25%.Gully Stabilization
Pasture Pipeline Plow
The WWD offers to partner with producers in establishing off-site watering via buried pipeline in pastures. Program includes use of equipment and technical support at a cost of $100/day.Pasture Pipeline Plow
The WWD will assist landowners in the construction of small water retention projects. The purpose of the program is to encourage water conservation. The Board will consider projects with multiple benefits as opposed to dams with a single purpose such as watering for livestock.Water Storage Application
WWD ring dykes are for yardsites only, agricultural land is not included in this program. The maximum project cost of $3,000 to be cost-shared 75% sub-district and 25% landowner. All project costs above $3,000 are to be covered by the landowner. Ring dykes are to be adjacent to, or directly affected by District drains. The landowner is responsible for maintaining and repairing the ring dyke as needed.Ring Dyke
GROW Natural Habitat Program
This program is designed to keep natural areas intact that are at risk of being converted to cropland. This includes the Temporary Wetland incentive program for wetlands located on annual cropland and the incentive program to keep permanent cover on the landscape like woody vegetation. Also this program includes restoring natural features like native grasslands and wetlands. Call the office for more information.
The WWD enters into an agreement with the municipality to post undeveloped road allowances for wildlife habitat. Signs marking the corridor are placed at each end. Landowners can apply to the municipality to use the road allowance for pasture, etc.
Conservation Corridor Planting
In partnership with local municipalities, the District enhances or undertakes plantings to provide buffer strips and increase habitat.
A variety of programs are offered to promote conservation awareness and education to youth in the District. Examples include tours, in-school presentations, public and school library magazine subscriptions, and tree planting initiatives.
The District will assist landowners in setting aside suitable wildlife habitat areas and provide signage. The WWD will also assist in establishing and enhancing wildlife areas via tree planting and demonstrations. The landowner agrees to notify the District if land use changes.Wildlands Preservation Agreement