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Manitoba Opposition calls for more wetlands to prevent flooding

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Opposition leader is calling for more money to maintain wetlands to reduce the risk of flooding.

Tory Leader Brian Pallister says the province should expand pilot projects that give rural landowners cash incentives to keep wetlands healthy.

He says the federal government, the private sector and community groups have pushed the program and the Manitoba government should make it provincewide.

Wetlands can hold back water from rushing into streams and rivers, reducing the likelihood of flooding.

The government says it is already taking action.

It points to a $320-million plan announced in June to promote wetland protection and toughen drainage licensing.

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