July 10, National Post:
The City of Winnipeg is having discussions with the province about the possibility of loosening environmental restrictions related to $795 million in upgrades for the North End Wastewater Pollution Control Centre.
And that’s got the mayor of the Rural Municipality of Gimli worried.
Randy Woroniuk says he’s concerned that a compromise could spark irreversible damage to Lake Winnipeg.
Right now rules mandate a hard cap on the level of ammonia that can be discharged daily.
Winnipeg finance chair Scott Gillingham says if that was changed to a rolling monthly average, it could save Winnipeg taxpayers $30 million.
However, Woroniuk says any increase in ammonia could cause more toxic algae blooms to form, damaging the lake and the local economy.
“The people in Winnipeg making this decision, these are your constituents that are coming to recreate at our beach,” he says. “So you’re going to ruin their recreational possibilities, because you don’t want to raise taxes for them.” Read more.