Box 1740
Gimli, Manitoba  R0C 1B0
Phone: 204-642-7578
Fax: 204-642-7581

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The EIWD has been working with the Province of Manitoba and the International Water Institute (IWI) to develop tools utilizing LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), a highly accurate elevation model collected from a plane using lasers. These tools help prioritize conservation project locations and assist in water management.

LiDAR was collected in the Icelandic River/Washow Bay watershed in 2011. The EIWD has worked with our project partners to analyze this data to help provide watershed residents, resource professionals, and local, provincial and regional official’s relevant land and water information.    

The below maps and links to download the .KMZ file can be viewed using Google Earth. Each map is a layer that was built utilizing International Water Institute (IWI)/Red River Basin Decision Information Network System. 

The first step to utilizing LiDAR for water management and conservation projects is to Hydro-Condition the LiDAR data.  This refers to the process of editing the LiDAR DEM (Digital Elevation Model) to remove barriers to water when we run our simulations.  When LiDAR is flown it does not "see" a culvert underneath a driveway which causes a barrier in our water flow simulation.  These 'barriers' change the way that the simulated water flows.  This does not accurately represent real life water flow and conditions.  In order to make the simulation more accurate to real life conditions, we edit the LiDAR data using our culvert inventory, local knowledge and site visits. 

Stream delineation

Stream catchment Areas

Non-Contributing Areas

Wetlands of O5SC

Total Nitrogen Loading Leaving the Landscape in O5SC

Total Phosphorous Loading Leaving the Landscape in O5SC