The RM of Portage is the drainage authority for all lands in its jurisdiction with the exception of natural waterways and Province of Manitoba designated drains. This policy establishes guidelines and conditions for the drainage projects on land in the Municipality.

Surface Drainage Policy PW-06

Land owner requests for improvements to municipal, provincial or Highway drains should be made to the appropriate ward councilor or to the RM of Portage by completing and submitting the Drainage Works Request Form a minimum of 6 months prior to the project start date. The license application must cover no less than 1 mile in length and have a minimum of 2 miles downstream landowner permission in writing. See the attached Schedule C for the Application for Private Drainage Works.

All requests received will be reviewed by the Councilor of the Ward. The Council of the RM of Portage establishes an annual municipal drainage works plan to be funded as part of the municipal budget. Additional municipal drainage projects may be added as time and budget allow. Private drainage works will not be performed nor funded by the municipality.

R.M. of Portage la Prairie Beaver Bounty

The Fees and Charges Policy outlines the amount that will be paid for the removal of nuisance beaver.  The Councillor for the area must determine that there is a drainage concern caused by a nuisance beaver. 


Concerns that are received regarding a beaver issue are directed to the Councillor for the area.  Upon determination that there is a drainage concern cause by a nuisance beaver the Councillor will then contact a licensed trapper to remove the beaver.  Upon receiving proof that the beaver has been removed the Councillor will submit to the accounts payable department the name and contact information of the trapper that is to receive the beaver bounty.

Beaver Dam and Lodge Removal Guide




To learn about tile drainage, watch these webinar videos provided by the Red River Basin Commission

RRBC Winnipeg YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4jRwMH-CbgYM6pQh1EpsAQ )

• Webinar 1 - How Tile Drainage Works - February 21, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5pITwn0w_o&feature=youtu.be

• Webinar 2 - Down Stream Impacts of Tile Drainage - February 28, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7mSkY0lgKo&feature=youtu.be

• Webinar 3 - Tile Drainage, the Watershed, and the Environment - March 8, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj43Hbii7DU


• Webinar 4 - Policy and Local Government Considerations - March 16, 2017 17  https://youtu.be/S_RrvoX2tKE