Lake Manitoba update: Feb. 25, 2018

It is another week where almost everything, river flows and lake levels, is down. The level of Lake Manitoba fell 0.04 ft to 811.82 feet. As the lake level falls, so does the outflow at Fairford, which is now 5,756 cfs. Inflow from the Waterhen River is also falling and is now 2,163 cfs. The gauge on the Whitemud is still offline. Lake St. Martin fell this week to 802.03 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is also down to 832.28 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is 742 cfs at Holland (up from last week) and 643 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir is down very slightly this week to 1,395.79 feet.

River update
Time: 09:30 AM February 25, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 742 cvs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 643 cfs
Waterhen: 2,163 cfs
Whitemud: gauge malfunctioning
Fairford: 5,756 cfs

Lake update
Time: 09:30 AM February 25, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.83 ft
Westbourne: 811.82 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.82 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.03
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.28 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1395.79 ft

Provincial Govmt open house in Winnipeg Mar 8th

The Province has announced an Open House concerning the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Destination Centre, Fort Garry (1824 Pembina Hwy). Information will be presented on the environmental assessment process and planned next steps for the project. All may attend either 2 -4pm or 6- 8pm. See original ad in the Winnipeg Free Press today (page A13)

Jack King

President, ALMS

Lake Manitoba update: Feb. 18, 2018

It is a week where almost everything, river flows and lake levels, is down. The level of Lake Manitoba fell to 811.86 feet. As the lake level falls, so does the outflow at Fairford, which is now 5,845 cfs. Inflow from the Waterhen River is also falling and is now 2,331 cfs. The gauge on the Whitemud is still offline. Lake St. Martin fell this week to 802.07 feet. The level of Lake Winnipegosis is unchanged on the week at 832.32 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine fell to 682 cfs at Holland and 718 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir rose slightly to 1,395.81 feet.

River update
Time: 11:00 AM February 18, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 682 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 713 cfs
Waterhen: 2,331 cfs
Whitemud: gauge offline
Fairford: 5,845 cfs

Lake update
Time: 11:00 AM February 18, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.86 ft
Westbourne: 811.87 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.86 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.07
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.32 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1395.81 ft

Lake Manitoba update: Feb. 11, 2018

Another week of slow and steady change. The level of Lake Manitoba has fallen slightly to 811.89 feet. As the lake level falls, so does the outflow at Fairford, now 6,092 cfs. Inflow from the Waterhen River is also falling and is now 2,499 cfs. The gauge on the Whitemud is still malfunctioning but it is still safe to say that it still at a trickle. Lake St. Martin rose this week to 802.11 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is also up this week to 832.34 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is still low, being 821 cfs at Holland and 805 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir rose for the first time in a very long time, and is now 1,395.80 feet.

River update
Time: 08:30 AM February 11, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 821 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 805 cfs
Waterhen: 2,499 cfs
Whitemud: gauge malfunctioning
Fairford: 6,092 cfs

Lake update
Time: 08:30 AM February 11, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.90 ft
Westbourne: 811.89 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.89 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.11
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.32 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1395.80 ft

ALMS puts in voice on environment review

Below is the letter ALMS submitted

Association of Lake Manitoba Stakeholders

To: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Association of Lake Manitoba Stakeholders (ALMS) represents resident associations, farmers and ranchers in communities bordering Lake Manitoba affected by the flood of 2011.

We believe that The Manitoba Clean Environment Commission should complete an independent review as mandated. Numerous public consultations have been sponsored by both the former and present government of Manitoba. Evidence of the effectiveness of the process and that the voice of communities was heard by government are the modifications of the proposed channel and access that were made. Given that these consultant reports are available the assessment should be expedited.

We cannot stress enough the importance of the Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel to the sustainability of our communities. This vital project must be completed to mitigate against future floods. The flood of 2011, again in 2014 and the near flood of 2017 indicates vulnerability. The enhancement of the Portage Diversion increases the capacity for inflow into the lake by approximately 6000 cubic feet per second above the 2011 rate. Lake Winnipegosis has seen historically high levels resulting in higher inflows into Lake Manitoba taxing the only existing egress at the Fairford Water Control System. Our concerns are well-founded.

We urge you to support the work done by two Provincial governments and encourage an expedited review by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission in order that this vital project be completed by the fourth quarter of 2021, as announced.

Sincerely,

Jack King

President, Association of Lake Manitoba Stakeholders

St. Laurent, Manitoba

Lake Manitoba update: Feb. 4, 2018

It has been another week of gradual change. The level of Lake Manitoba has fallen to 811.92 feet, down 0.05 feet from last week. Outflows at Fairford rose slightly to 6,533 cfs while inflow from the Waterhen River fell to 2,649 cfs. The gauge on the Whitemud is malfunctioning but it is safe to say that it still at a trickle. Lake St. Martin fell this week to 802.05 feet. Lake Winnipegosis is lower this week to 832.25 feet. Flow on the Assiniboine is up slightly but still low, being 777 cfs at Holland and 805 cfs at Headingly. The Shellmouth Reservoir continues to drop and is now 1,395.73 feet.

River update
Time: 11:00 AM February 4, 2018
Portage Diversion: closed
Assiniboine at Holland: 777 cfs
Assiniboine at Headingly: 805 cfs
Waterhen: 2,649 cfs
Whitemud: gauge malfunctioning
Fairford: 6,533 cfs

Lake update
Time: 11:00 AM February 4, 2018
Steep Rock: 811.94 ft
Westbourne: 811.90 ft
Mean level Lake Manitoba: 811.92 ft
Lake Manitoba desired operating range: 810.5 to 812.5 ft
Lake St. Martin: 802.05
Lake St. Martin desired operating range: 797.0 to 800.0 ft
Lake Winnipegosis: 832.25 ft
Shellmouth Reservoir: 1395.73 ft