GFM Network News


The Alameda reservoir in southeastern Saskatchewan, one of three water control structures in the Souris River system that some communities downstream say could do more in terms of flood mitigation.

Souris river: feast or famine

Evaluation of Souris River’s flow data has begun evaluation in earnest, but the sheer number of scenarios promises enough data to drown in, and not everyone agrees on priorities

Lynn R. Kongslie is used to watching his ranch near Towner, North Dakota, go under water, but that doesn’t lessen the sting each time it does. Like many ranchers in the area, Kongslie believes he knows who to blame. Saskatchewan’s three major control structures along the Souris River are sore topics in Towner, Minot and

Souris River study team seeks public input

Water engineers need to hear adjacent landowners’ particulars on how the river’s flows affect them

A team of researchers is seeking input from landowners along the Souris River about the condition of the Souris River and how its flows are affecting them. The responses will help the International Souris River Study Board, which has posted an online questionnaire, as it reviews the operating rules and eventually makes recommendations that best


A small sign in the foyer of the Riverside Holiday Inn in Minot, North Dakota reminds visitors how high the water reached in 2011 when the Souris River flooded to its highest levels since at least 1881.

International Souris River Study Board seeks public input

Study board aims to recommend ways to reduce flood risk along the 700-km river

An upcoming study will make recommendations on how to reduce flood risks along the Souris River. That’s the goal of the International Souris River Study Board (ISRSB) which, over the next two years, will look at different options for improving the 1989 international agreement between Canada and the U.S. Its efforts aim to improve the

Greg Steele, Before Brandon exhibit guest curator, displays a replica paddle styled similarly to what would have been used by voyageurs during the fur trade in the Brandon area.

Before Brandon was the Wheat City

Brandon was established as a city in 1882, but trading outposts along the Assiniboine River predate that mark by decades and are the subject of a museum exhibit at the Brandon General Museum and Archives

In most tellings, Brandon is a city that appeared from nowhere, fuelled by agricultural settlement. In 1881 it was a single shanty, and just 12 months later it was the province’s first western city, the Wheat City. Local history buffs will recount how rail plans were moved 50 kilometres south in the 1870s, in line

Turtle Mountain Conservation District manager Yasmine Wruth takes tour members through a five-year-old bank stabilization project south of Deloraine June 28.

Turtle Mountain Conservation District puts its best foot forward

The Turtle Mountain Conservation District toured the public around some of its recent 
and long-standing projects as part of the biennial event

It was a once-in-two-year chance June 28 as participants lined up for a look behind the scenes of the Turtle Mountain Conservation District during the biennial bus tour. “We just wanted to focus on the Waskada Creek area,” district manager Yasmine Wruth said. “We couldn’t do the entire area, but we focused on the southern


Lake Winnipeg, June 2017.

New report paints dire picture of Canadian freshwater systems

Watershed Report is a first-time assessment of all 25 of Canada’s watersheds

The long-held view of Canada’s fresh water as both clean and abundant is being challenged by a new report detailing the threats facing this country’s lakes, streams and rivers. The World Wildlife Fund-Canada’s Watershed Report, a national assessment is a first-ever attempt to document the state of Canadian watersheds, including its 25 watersheds and 167

A washed-out road closes Provincial Road 346 south of Highway 2 April 4.

Waters rise in the west as Red River subsides

Attention turned back to southwestern Manitoba as the Souris and 
Assiniboine rivers were expected to crest simultaneously

Flooding was on the decline in parts of Manitoba late last week, but the Assiniboine River was on the rise. Simultaneous peaks of the Souris and Assiniboine rivers raised concern downstream. Flow into the Portage Reservoir was expected to reach 41,000 to 44,000 cubic feet per second April 12-14. The region between Portage la Prairie

Assiniboine River, Souris River to soon peak at Portage Reservoir

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 13

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows are beginning to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows in the Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Ice is still in place on northern rivers and tributaries. A high water advisory is in place for the Carrot River near


Flood watch in effect for Portage, flood warnings for all Souris River areas

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 11

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows are beginning to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows in the Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Ice is still in place on northern rivers and tributaries, while most rivers in southern Manitoba are ice free. As of this

Overland flooding subsides, Assiniboine River flows rising

Manitoba Flood Bulletin No. 12

Province of Manitoba – Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre reports overland flooding and tributary flows continue to subside across parts of southern Manitoba. Flows on the Assiniboine River are continuing to rise. Ice is still in place on northern rivers and tributaries. A high water advisory is in place for the Carrot River near The