Aug. 28, Steinbach Online:
The District Manager of the Seine/Rat River Conservation District is expecting issues like localized flooding to get a lot more attention through a consultation process announced last week by the Manitoba Government. The province wants input on practices like water retention and wetland restoration that involve giving farmers incentives to make environmental improvements.
Jodi Goerzen says there has been a long history in our region of draining land to make it productive for agriculture. But she adds this has led to a lot of localized flooding year after year. Goerzen hopes the consultation will lead to a new way of doing things.
“Rather than drain, thinking about; How can I look at alternatives to drainage? How can I do something sustainable, maybe hold some of that water back? And, what are options? Maybe there’s a payment for this, maybe there’s a program for this, maybe there’s something in the conservation district that we can look through and look for some alternative options to show people that there are really great alternatives that benefit both the landowner and the community.” Read more.
February 28, CBC News:
Recent mild weather in southern Manitoba is expected to raise Red River levels later this week, but not enough to prompt sandbagging in Winnipeg just yet, the city says.
In its first flood bulletin of 2017, issued Tuesday, the City of Winnipeg said the expected rise in river levels — an increase of eight to 10 feet toward the end of this week — is well within its standard operating protocol. It does not anticipate any properties will need to be sandbagged.
The possibility of spring flooding is on city radar, however, especially after provincial flood forecasters identified a major risk of flooding on the Red, lower Assiniboine and other rivers in southern Manitoba. Read more.
February 27, CBC News:
There remains a major risk of flooding this spring in southern Manitoba, despite the recent thaw that melted much of the snow upstream along the Red River drainage basin.
Provincial flood forecasters say they will be watching the weather closely over the next two months because the presence or absence of precipitation will determine the degree of flooding.
In the first formal flood outlook of 2017, Manitoba Hydrologic Forecast Centre director Fisaha Unduche said there remains a major risk of flooding along the Red River, Roseau River, Souris River and the lower portion of the Assiniboine River. Read more.
February 6, Saskatoon StarPhoenix:
Prairie municipalities preparing for a hotter future, with increasing spring floods and summer drought, need to invest in “green infrastructure” the head of Winnipeg’s Prairie Climate Centre says.
“Green infrastructure is the ability of the landscape, if well managed, to absorb the shocks of climate change, both flood and drought … Investment in green infrastructure is a critical form of climate adaptation,” said Hank Venema, an environmental system engineer who head the Climate Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Read more.