Rural Water Resources Planner: Manitoba

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General Information

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship is the provincial department responsible for the management of water resources in Manitoba. The department's website provides information on the areas where it is active: water quality, drinking water, resource management, licensing, regulation, policy, and fish and habitat.

Realtime Data / Runoff Forecasts

Levels, flows and forecasts for selected lakes, reservoirs and rivers are available at Manitoba Water Stewardship's Hydrologic Forecast Centre (Flood Response) webpage.

Flood Awareness

High water conditions, forecasts and maps are available at Manitoba Water Stewardship's Hydrologic Forecast Centre (Flood Response) webpage.

Drought Awareness

Manitoba Water Stewardship provides routine update reports of water availability and drought conditions at it's Water Availability and Drought Conditions webpage. 

Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives Ag-Weather Program provides current and seasonal meteorological reports.

Drainage Boundaries

A map of Manitoba watersheds and drainage basins is available at Manitoba Water Stewardship's Maps webpage.

Digital data for the delineation of drainage areas for various Manitoba drainage basins are available from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Agri-Geomatics data library.

Surface Water Data and Maps

Manitoba Water Stewardship's Maps webpage provides access to precipitation, soil moisture, snow survey, and flooded area maps.

Manitoba Water Stewardship also provides surface water condition information at its Forecasts/ Reports, River Conditions, Reservoir/Dam Operations, Lakes Info. webpages.

The Annual Unit Runoff of the Canadian Prairies, PFRA Hydrology Report #135, 1994 (PDF) was a study to evaluate the annual unit runoff for various exceedence levels across the prairies. Maps showing isopleths for the various exceedance levels are included in the report. 

Additional  hydrological information is available on the Hydrology page of our website.

Surface Water Quality

Manitoba Water Stewardship Water Quality: Rivers, Lakes and Wells webpage provides access to water quality information on the following topics: beaches, water quality management, and Lake Winnipeg and the publication Manitoba's Water Protection Handbook which discusses how Manitobans can contribute to the protection and improvement of local water quality.


Manitoba Water Stewardship water-related documents can be accessed through the Reports, Studies, Plans and Publications webpage.