Kola, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced up to $8,000 through the Recreational Fisheries Partnership Program to rehabilitate Pipestone Creek near Kola, Manitoba to repair badly degraded stream banks and improve water quality. The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program forms a key component of the Government of Canada's conservation agenda to better protect and promote recreational fisheries.
"Due to recent floods, Pipestone Creek has suffered immense damage" said Maguire. "This creek has tremendous fishing opportunities and I am glad we are able to restore the banks and stop further erosion. I am also pleased our Government is partnering with the West Souris River Conservation District to improve the fishing habitat and shoreline so it can be enjoyed for generations to come."
The funding will be used to riprap the shoreline, install erosion control blankets and plant native seedlings. The total area of fish habitat to be restored is approximately 2800 sq/metres. By restoring the compromised fishing habitat and shoreline, this project will support more productive fisheries and by extension, increased fishing opportunities. The long-term benefits of the project will remove excess moisture from the soil, making banks more resistant to erosion. The new vegetation will filter out much of the overland flow of water, nutrients, sediment, and pollutants. This will protect water quality and promote groundwater recharge.
Dean Brooker, Manager of the West Souris River Conservation District said, "The Conservation District appreciates the time Larry took to help us with the project and visit with us. Once completed this enhancement project will reduce the amount of sediment entering the Pipestone Creek and improving the water quality that will benefit fish, wildlife, and humans."
The West Souris River Conservation District along with the Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth has identified a reach along the Pipestone Creek with a degraded stream bank. The creek has been hit with three extreme weather events since 2011 that caused extensive damage from increased stream flows. The Conservation District intends to move along the creek to rehabilitate other badly damaged areas until the creek flows into Oak Lake.
Healthy and sustainable recreational fisheries are of great social and economic importance to Canada. According to the 2010 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada, more than 3.3 million adult anglers participated in recreational fishing activities in Canada. These activities contributed a total of $8.3 billion to various local economies.
The program has been very successful, funding more than 280 projects and investing nearly $16 million since its launch in 2013. The program has excelled at bringing together like-minded partners and their resources to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat across Canada. As a result, the Government is extending the program to continue its support for the conservation of recreational fisheries across the country.
Maguire concluded, "I am thrilled that we are able to move this project forward. I want to extend my thanks to everyone from the West Souris River Conservation District and everyone from the Municipality who pours their heart and soul into the community. By working together we are getting results for Westman!"