The Cooks Creek Conservation District was formed in 1979 to address local soil and water conservation issues. The District lies east of Winnipeg and includes the majority of the Cooks Creek Watershed which discharges into the Red River Basin as well as parts of the Carr’s Creek and the Lower Seine River watersheds, which both flow into the Red River Floodway. The District covers a large amount of the Rural Municipality of Springfield and smaller portions of the municipalities of Taché, Ste. Anne, Brokenhead, and Reynolds.
The Mandate of the District is to encourage and support ongoing management of conservation practices that enhance and maintain quality of life and to help build sustainable communities through integrated land and water management.
The District offers numerous water and soil based conservation-programs. The main focus is surface water management.
An Eastern Upland area and a Central Lowland area distinguish the topography and soils of the District. The highest point in the District is located in the southeast with an elevation of 304 meters above sea level. The lowest point in the District is located in the northwest with an elevation of 234 meters above sea level. The topography also indicates the drainage pattern within the District. An extensive man-made drainage system services the agricultural lands in the District. The district was given the mandate to maintain and improve the existing provincial and municipal drainage when it was incorporated on September 1, 1979.
Both the spring melts and summer rainstorms combine with the clay-based soils of the region to create a number of water-related issues to local residents. Economical flooding of cropland is the most severe of these problems, but rural residential property is often affected too.
To address various water-related problems, the Cooks Creek Conservation District has looked at the watershed landscape with considerations to the water-detention structures in the headwaters.