INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL RESOURCES
FRAMEWORK PLAN (NRFP)
The complex nature of the Red River Basin has resulted in challenges to effective, integrated land and water management. As such, the Red River Basin Commission has developed the “Natural Resources Framework Plan” - a framework plan will aid in achieving a basin-wide approach to integrated natural resource management, and provide a framework for overcoming political barriers. The three main barriers identified:
1. Solutions to local problems have unintended consequences in other areas of the basin; therefore, a basin-wide approach is needed.
2. There are diverse natural resource issues and challenges that are of concern to basin residents. Integrated natural resource management is a tool that will help address this issue.
3. The existence of multiple political jurisdictions at federal, provincial, state, and local levels complicates decision making and cross-boundary cooperation. Overcoming political barriers to water management will take continual work on the part of all stakeholders.
This plan is not a regulation to be enforced by the Red River Basin Commission. It is a GUIDE to be used by ALL entities in their decision making processes. It is a guide to use when making choices for activities on the land, and in making decisions that have an impact on our water. It is a guide to move the Basin forward with a unified purpose and a unified voice. The NRFP is fully intended to be a living document that will remain relevant to the real needs and priorities of the citizens of the Basin and will serve as an effective guide to the application of the public’s resources to achieve comprehensive integrated watershed stewardship and management.
NATURAL RESOURCES FRAMEWORK PLAN
NRFP EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
NRFP ACTION AGENDA
RED RIVER BASIN MAP