Aug. 11, Winnipeg Sun:
A proposal to address drought in the U.S. by shifting water into the Red River Valley has sparked fears of invasive species and added pollution in Manitoba.
But those who support the Red River Valley Water Supply Project say it would send only treated water up to Canada and much less of it than a previous failed proposal envisioned.
The State of North Dakota has budgeted up to $30 million for the project, including $17 million for planning and permitting, and $13 million for construction, pending approvals. Duane DeKrey, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in North Dakota, said the project still awaits several approvals but he’s optimistic construction will be permitted. Read more.
Aug. 10, Winnipeg Sun:
A Manitoba Liberal leadership candidate is lobbying to stop billions of litres of diluted sewage from flowing into the Red and Assiniboine rivers each year.
River Heights MLA Jon Gerrard says the province, which regulates Winnipeg’s water, must commit to a $2.3-billion to $4.1-billion plan to eliminate Winnipeg’s combined sewer overflows (CSOs).
The City of Winnipeg submitted a master plan to reduce the overflows to the province in December 2015 but the province has yet to mandate which option the city must pursue. Read more.
Aug. 5, Winnipeg Sun:
Combined sewer overflows dumped another 9.2 billion litres of diluted sewage into Winnipeg rivers last year.
And those lobbying to clean up the endangered Lake Winnipeg say action to stop those spills must happen now.
“It’s very, very concerning because every time there is a combined sewer overflow that means more phosphorous and nitrogen getting into the river and up into Lake Winnipeg. The phosphorous can get deposited in the sediments of the lake and be available in future years,” said Vicki Burns, director of the Save Lake Winnipeg Project. “So, the longer we wait to correct this problem, the harder it’s going to be to fix it.” Read more.
July 28, CTV News:
The province sent out a warning Thursday evening about algae and elevated levels of E. coli at some Manitoba beaches.
A water sample taken at West Grand Beach showed levels of E. coli in the water exceeded provincial guidelines.
Algae advisories have also been posted for the Rivers Reservoir, Killarney Lake, and Pelican Lake near Ninette and Pleasant Valley.
Beachgoers are advised to avoid contact with green algae, swallowing lake water, swimming with an open cut or wound, and eating fish from the lake that appear unhealthy. Read more.