What Our District Is All About
The Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) was officially established by Order in Council (cabinet resolution) on October 2, 1989, after four years of negotiations between local municipalities. The original members were the Rural Municipalities of Lorne, Louise, Pembina and Thompson; they have since been joined by the villages/towns of Crystal City, Manitou, Pilot Mound, Cartwright and Morden (2007) and the R.M. of Roblin (1997) and the R.M. of Stanley (2003). Pembina Valley was the sixth CD to be formed in Manitoba since 1972. There have since been twelve more additions.
With the announcement of Municipal Amalgamations in 2014, the PVCD's partners have changed somewhat. Our urban partners were kept intact, with the addition of the Villages of Somerset and Notre Dame de Lourdes. The Municipality of Pembina, R.M. of Stanley, R.M. of Thompson, Municipality of Louise, R.M. of Lorne, Cartwright-Roblin Municipality and City of Morden are all still members.
The primary reasons for forming the Pembina Valley Conservation District involved concerns with the loss of valuable topsoil through wind and water erosion in the area. Water shortages for local farmers, and erosion of municipal roads, have also been persistent problems. The establishment and operation of a CD has provided local landowners with technical and financial assistance to participate in the kind of soil and water conservation programs that they feel are needed.