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Once highly productive pastures along the Upper Assiniboine River near the Shellmouth Dam are now saturated with water after years of repeat flooding.

Frustrations rising along the river’s edge

Producers operating in close proximity to the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to St. Lazare are struggling to stay afloat

It happens ever year, no matter how wet or dry conditions have been. Water lays in the pastures and fields along the Upper Assiniboine River downstream from the Shellmouth Dam. Cliff Trinder, who runs a cattle operation with 32 miles of river frontage near Russell, describes the situation as “a mess” and says it’s high

Three options on the table for flooded farmland

A study commissioned by the province and released this past January identified three main possible solutions to flooded farmland down stream from the dam. “One was the addition of the spillway gates, buying out lower-laying agricultural lands that are subject to frequent flooding and they also looked at constructing linear dikes down the river,” MIT’s


Province increases Shellmouth Reservoir outflows

Decision makes room for forecasted runoff, water levels to rise from two to three feet

Province of Manitoba – The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that outflows from the Shellmouth Reservoir will be increased today by an additional 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) down the Assiniboine River to better manage reservoir water levels. Outflow from the dam was increased last week from approximately 1,900 cfs in

Ten thousand acres of farmland along the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to St. Lazare will soon be flooded. Stan Cochrane, president of the Assiniboine Valley Producers Association says the affected farmers should be compensated and the Shellmouth Reservoir needs to be better managed.

Timing of reservoir release means no flood compensation for farmers

The Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to St. Lazare is expected to rise two to three feet the Manitoba government says

Farmers along the Assiniboine River from the Shellmouth Dam to St. Lazare are calling for compensation as the province begins to increase water flow from the Shellmouth Reservoir. Stan Cochrane, who farms near Griswold, told the Keystone Agricultural Producers advisory meeting here April 21 that affected farmers won’t be reimbursed for damages from the province’s

Province advises spring run-off has started in Manitoba

Red River peak expected to move from Emerson to Winnipeg in next ive to six days

Province of Manitoba – The Hydrologic Forecast Centre at Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that spring run-off due to snowmelt has started in most of the southern, southwest, southeast and Interlake regions. Above-freezing temperatures earlier this month in southern and central Manitoba, adjacent provinces and the United States have led to an early spring melt.  The


Assiniboine River Basin Initiative a good first step

But 'there be dragons' to tame for it to be a success

Those who attended the meeting in Regina that established the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative deserve credit for their effort. Their determination to come up with a plan to address land and water issues within the basin should be welcomed by all, but the obstacles they face are many. The biggest by far is the poor

Summer flood bulletin #4

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation advises that weekend rainfall across much of southern Manitoba has resulted in flooding and record flow levels on 13 southern Manitoba rivers and streams, washed-out roads and some localized evacuations. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a high to severe wind warning for Lake Manitoba, the South Basin of

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh reveals the province’s new surface water management strategy.

Changes to drainage regulations on tap

Government is promising an end to red tape for farmers looking to complete minor drainage works, 
while increasing fines for illegal drainage

Manitoba farmers will be consulted on changes to drainage licensing as part of the province’s plan to restore Lake Winnipeg and better prepare for periods of drought and flooding. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh revealed the province’s new surface water management strategy in Winnipeg last week, which allocates $320 million to the initiative


Province says Shellmouth flooding couldn’t have been prevented

Farmers downstream maintain that province’s “blame it on the rain” position doesn’t hold water

This year’s flooding of cropland along the Assiniboine River downstream from the Shellmouth Dam couldn’t have been prevented, according to the province. “The Assiniboine Valley producers are farming vulnerable, low-lying Assiniboine Valley lands. In the 2011 and 2012 flood years, the inundation of crops was a natural occurrence,” according to a new report by the

Blame the ditches for downstream woes, says border farmer

Ducks Unlimited expert says many farmers aren’t obtaining drainage permits 
because “it’s much easier to dig the ditch and then beg forgiveness later”

If farmers along the Assiniboine River are wondering where all that water came from this spring, Peter Onofreychuk believes he has a pretty good idea. On a giant aerial photo unrolled on his kitchen table, the farmer from MacNutt, Sask., shows where drainage ditches have been dug on land upstream from him by a 12,000-acre