Ducks Unlimited Canada
For over 70 years Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has worked to increase
Canadian support and funding for wetland conservation. They are actively viewed as Canada’s Conservation
Company, acting in every province and territory. To date, DUC has secured 6.1 million
acres of habitat through restoration, protection and management of wetlands and linked habitats. Other DUC
activities, which ensure their success, include: waterfowl and wetland research and educating the public.
In 2007, DUC recognized that
Lake Winnipeg stands a better chance with its wetlands left in entirety. DUC’s research
proved that wetlands act as a water filter; removing contaminants that lower the water quality and feed
blue-green algae. Two years later, in
2009, the federal government provided $400,000 worth of funding towards DUC’s research project in southwest
Manitoba. The federal government strived to understand the importance wetlands played in Lake Winnipeg’s
wellbeing. $379,800 of the $400,000 was invested in the Broughton’s Creek watershed; used to further the
development of a model watershed representative of the Manitoba Prairie Pothole Region. A monitoring network
will be created to assess the role of disconnected wetlands on the lessening the export of nutrients and
sediment from watersheds contributing to Lake Winnipeg.
DUC is fighting to stop the loss of wetlands in Manitoba. Between 1968 and 2005, twenty-one per cent of the
wetland area has been lost. The result of this is that Manitoba’s environment has been suffering deterioration.
The recently completed Phase I
of the multiphase research project at Broughton’s Creek has determined the impacts of wetland loss and associated
drainage activity in the watershed’s surrounding area.