Riparian Area Management Program
Abandoned Well Sealing Rebate Program
Habitat Enhancement Program

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

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Programs - Riparian Area Management Program

Program Objectives:

To provide landowners an incentive based, volunteer program with the intent of improving and restoring the ecological and economic benefits provided by a healthy riparian area on their land.


For the purposes of this program, the area defined as "riparian" includes transitional lands between a waterbody (e.g., lake, wetland, stream) and the surrounding upland.


Applicants must:
Landowners who have developed an "Environmental Farm Plan" through the Canada-Manitoba Farm Stewardship Program or "Growing Forward" will be given priority.

Eligible Riparian Area Management Program Project Types

1. Exclusion Fencing

Definition: The use of fencing to prevent livestock from accessing riparian areas.


  • Improve riparian conditions and wildlife habitat by enhancing plant cover, increasing bank stability, and decreasing soil erosion.
  • Improve water quality and fish habitat by reducing sediment and animal waste inputs.
  • Improve herd health and growth by ensuring the water they consume is safe.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This project is intended for the exclusion of livestock from riparian areas only and does not cover peripheral fencing.
  • Exclusion fence must be installed a minimum of 10 m (33 ft) from the water body.

2. Off-Stream Watering

Definition: The use of alternate watering systems to eliminate the need for cattle to pass through riparian areas and drink directly from a waterbody.


  • Improve water quality and fish habitat by reducing the amount of time cattle spend in a waterway/body.
  • Improve riparian conditions by preventing over-grazing which results in enhanced plant cover, increased bank stability, and minimizes soil loss.
  • Provide water that is reliable, of good quality, and easily accessible to improve livestock health and growth.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Livestock must be watering at the waterway/body.
  • Project must include livestock exclusion from the riparian area.
  • This program is not intended for system upgrades or renewal; the EIWD will only cost-share a new system.

3. Streambank/Shoreline Stabilization

Definition: The use of vegetative and/or other methods to prevent the erosion or deterioration of the bank(s) of a waterway.


  • Improve water quality and fish habitat by preventing bank erosion and downstream sedimentation.
  • Improve riparian conditions and wildlife habitat by establishing and increasing vegetative cover.
  • Prevent loss of property.

Terms and Conditions:

  • If cattle are present at project site, the inclusion of a riparian area exclusion system is required.

4. Buffer Strip Creation

Definition: The establishment of a vegetated strip along a waterway or waterbody that would serve to function as a riparian area.


  • Stabilize shoreline soil to prevent shoreline erosion and downstream sedimentation.
  • Trap snow to reduce peak flows during spring runoff, recharge groundwater, and cause a slower snowmelt.
  • Filter surface water flowing into the waterbody by removing nutrients, bacteria, and sediment.
  • Provide shade over the waterbody to limit water temperature changes.
  • Provide habitat for wildlife and fish.

Terms and Conditions:

  • In order to ensure effectiveness of the project, buffer strips must be a contiguous minimum of 10 m (33 ft).
  • If applicable, the project must include a livestock exclusion system.