A group trying to control water levels on Whitewater Lake, between Deloraine and Boissevain, is heading in a slightly different direction.
Deloraine-Winchester Head of Council Gordon Weidenhamer chairs the group and is worried about flooding this spring. "With our project not in place, I'm worried about the wet fall, heavy snow cover and what is coming in the spring of 2017.”
Following the floods of 2011 and 2014 the group was formed by the councils of Deloraine-Winchester and Boissevain-Morton.
Some groups and individuals have voiced concern over the proposal and its impact on the area.
“We were looking at using Elgin Creek and Medora Creek as outlets for the water. Due to time limitations and the possible expense we decided to just use the Medora Creek as an outlet.” The water would eventually end up in the Souris River.
It is all subject to approval from government.
Weidenhamer says it is crucial to have support from people living downstream along the Medora Creek. “The plan would have those people involved in any decisions to release water down the creek.”
The controlled drainage would operate when water goes above 1,628 feet above sea level, the historical spill point.
Weidenhamer figures the lake is 1,633 feet above sea level and covers up to 8,000 acres of land and about half of that is prime agricultural property. “We are getting set to take out plan to government and I hope we can meet with officials to get a plan in place as soon as possible.”