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Submission to the Clean
Environmment Commission Hearings on the Regulation of Lake Winnipeg by:
Frederik Veldink. Chair
Environment Committee of the Silver Harbour Property Owners Association (SHPOA)
Box 59, Arnes, MB, R0C0C0.
Tel 204 642 1543. email: email@example.com.
Dear CEC members,
Silver Harbour is located on
the shores of Lake Winnipeg, about 25 kilometers north of Gimli. The Silver
Harbour Property Owners Association (SHPOA) is strongly opposed to the granting of a
permanent license to regulate Lake Winnipeg to Manitoba Hydro.
This submission will focus
on the problems that SHPOA has identified and solutions to these problems.
Manitoba Hydro is allowed to
regulate the lake between 711 FAS and 715 FAS. At 715 FAS the lake level in the
South Basin can increase as much as 3 feet as a result of sustained north winds. This occured in
the fall of 2010 and in the summer of 2014.
1) At a level of 718 FAS the
combined effect of waves and wind causes significant erosion and damage to the
shoreline, including damage to the dikes that protect properties along the
2) During the spring and
summer of 2014 the total inflows exceeded outflows and as a result lake levels
steadily increased. During periods of high winds from the north we saw the worst erosion of
our shoreline in more than 20 years. EMO officials inspected the damage.
Manitoba Hydro did not appear to be proactive in this situation. It waited too long before
before releasing the maximum amount of water at Jenpeg.
3) SHPOA does not have
confidence in the way Manitoba Hydro determines lake levels. We feel that
Manitoba Hydro keeps the lake at the highest possible level to generate electricity for
4) When Manitoba Hydro
reports on water levels, it always talks about AVERAGE water levels. This is
deceiving. All the damage and erosion occurs during relatively short periods of
high water levels and high winds.
1) Reduction of the maximum
lake level from 715 FAS to 714 FAS. This will greatly reduce erosion and shoreline damage
especially during periods of high winds.
2) The creation of a NEW
independent body composed of representatives of all the stakeholders in Lake
Winnipeg such as Property Owners, Commercial and Recreational Fishers, Commercial and
Recreational Boaters, First Nations Communities, Municipalities, Manitoba
Hydro, The Lake Winnipeg Foundation and the Provincial and Federal Governments. Such a body can
administer and regulate the lake for the benefit of ALL.
1) The construction of a
"storm barrier" at the Narrows to prevent water from the North Basin
to flow into the South Basin. Such barriers have been constructed in Louisiana and in The
Netherlands and have been very successful.
2) Increase outflow capacity
by deepening and widening existing channels.
3) Increase the retention
capacity in the watersheds of the rivers that flow into Lake Winnipeg.
4) Increase the level of the
dikes around the South Basin.
5) Modify the shoreline
where possible to reduce the eroding effect of the waves.
6) Lower and fluctuating
water levels will have a positive effect on the marshes and thus on the water
quality of Lake Winnipeg.