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Reeve slams province for not taking flood threat seriously

Sifton Reeve Rick Plaisier wants the premier to light a fire under his officials and 
deal with the threat posed by increased drainage in Saskatchewan

Fearing a repeat of 2011’s unprecedented flooding in the not-too-distant future, reeves representing southwestern Manitoba municipalities are demanding a meeting with Premier Greg Selinger to find out what is being done to prevent it. “What are they doing about water coming in from Saskatchewan?” asked Rick Plaisier, reeve of the RM of Sifton. “Are they

Step In The Right Direction

Our hats off to Pembina Valley, Assiniboine Hills, and Turtle Mountain conservation districts, which have recently completed the Pembina River Integrated Watershed Management Plan. Thirty years ago, it was considered a real accomplishment when a group of neighbouring municipalities joined together to form a conservation district. After all, they were committing to co-operate on some


Why Some Floods Last Longer

We’re getting used to more frequent floods in the Red River basin. But, now, in some parts of the basin, we’re also faced with flood waters staying around longer. They call it “duration.” We can understand high waters at the peak of a flood. But it’s getting to be weeks now, and waters are still

Wetland Drainage Increases Spring Flooding, Research Shows

It’s a long way from Broughton’s Creek in southwestern Manitoba to Lake Winnipeg smack in the middle of the province. But to Pascal Badiou there is a relationship between this tiny rivulet in Prairie pothole country and the condition of one of Canada’s largest freshwater lakes. There’s also a connection between the history of the

Report Urges New Approach To Water Management

“If you drain, you might be shooting yourself in the foot.” – HANK VENEMA, IISD Manitoba needs a new water policy, with watershed management as the cornerstone, to prepare for the coming impact of a changing global climate, a newly released report says. The strategy should emphasize conserving water on the land instead of draining


U. S. “Dead Zone” Smaller But More Severe

The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, an area choked by low oxygen levels that threatens marine life, is smaller than expected this year but more deadly, the U. S. government said July 27. The zone, caused by a run-off of agricultural chemicals from farms along the Mississippi River, measured about 3,000 square miles