A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with the staff at the Winnipeg office of the Red River Basin Commission( RRBC). Robin Gislason and Sara Perlmutter filled me in on the work being done across both sides of the border to promote watershed stewardship and management. This is no simple task given that there are 3 American states , South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota as well as the province of Manitoba in Canada who all share the Red River Basin.
Here are some of the things they told me about the Red River and the work of the RRBC.
“From its source at Lake Traverse in South Dakota, the mighty Red River flows north through North Dakota, Minnesota and Southern Manitoba to Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world. It meanders through the fertile, flat valley of the former glacial Lake Agassiz. The Basin’s unique topography contributes to the frequent flooding experienced by the communities in the Basin. Water quality and drought are also key concerns within the Basin.
Land and water resources are crucial to the health of our economies, the resilience and prosperity of our communities, the health of our fish and wildlife, and the well being, health and enjoyment of everyone who lives, works and visits the Basin. The Red River Basin is a special place and keeping it that way requires that people share the responsibility for its future. The Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) has been bringing people together to move common Basin goals forward for over two decades.
Current RRBC projects include a SharePoint site (an inventory of Basin water projects) (under “RRBC Basin Inventory”) and a Success Story Blog which highlights particularly unique and successful water and land management projects in the Basin .”
Sounds like there could be a productive link between community foundations in the Red River Basin and the sub-committees spread throughout the basin. We’re all working to ensure healthy communities and the Red River connects many of us.