Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 02, 2008 14:15 ET

Government Takes Action to Watch Red River Water Levels: Upgrades to Local Monitoring Station to Help Protect our Communities

SELKIRK, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - Member of Parliament James Bezan and Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar, on behalf of Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro Greg Selinger, announced today an investment of $40 000 to establish and upgrade water monitoring equipment along the Red River in Selkirk.

"Our Government is taking action for the people of Selkirk and Manitobans all along the Red River," said Mr. Bezan. "Today's announcement will provide Manitobans and our Government with the right tools to protect our environment and more accurately forecast water levels and potential flooding. This will help save lives and protect our communities, homes and property."

"This is an important step as we upgrade equipment that allows Watership Stewardship staff to better monitor water levels and flows so we can gauge how best to preserve this precious resource," said Mr. Dewar. "Our goal is to ensure Manitobans maintain an abundance of high quality water to meet present and future needs. Data from the new equipment will be very useful to water managers for a variety of purposes such as monitoring Ice jams at Selkirk, determining inflows to Lake Winnipeg and determining the magnitude of Red River flows through Winnipeg and via the Red Floodway."

The federal and provincial governments will each contribute $20,000 toward the cost of the upgrade. This new equipment and technology will give Manitobans access to real time information on the internet about water levels and flow rates in the Red River. This information is an essential tool for flood forecasting, for industry, local residents and for water quality research and knowledge. Manitoba Hydro also uses the information from this station in operations at its thermal generating plant at Selkirk.

"Manitoba Hydro is pleased to partner with the federal and provincial government to add this equipment at Selkirk," said Bob Brennan, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro. "It will report on water flows on the Red River and enable us, with great accuracy, to meet our licence requirements for the operation of the Selkirk Generating Station."

This announcement builds on the action the Government of Canada has already taken to protect and preserve Manitoba's water. Actions like investing $18 million to help clean up Lake Winnipeg and banning high concentrations of phosphates in household products to reduce blue-green algae growth in Lake Winnipeg.

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