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Winnipeg Free Press April 21, 2014

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Water droplets accumulate on a dandelion.

Long-promised legislation to phase out the sale and use of synthetic pesticides on lawns in Manitoba will be introduced Tuesday.

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh is scheduled to introduce the Environment Amendment Act (Reducing Pesticide Exposure) bill before Question Period begins in the afternoon. The bill has been on the government’s agenda for several years.

The province has said it plans to institute the ban in time for the 2015 lawn-care season.

The province has also cited studies that have shown "associations" between pesticide use and adverse health effects for bringing in the ban. Homeowners would also be granted a one-year grace period after the law is in place before facing any penalties.

Critics of the ban, including lawn-care companies, say there is no concrete proof their products— approved by Health Canada — are a risk to health.

The also say more friendly bio-pesticide lawn-care alternatives on the market are more expensive and less effective at controlling weeds.

PESTICIDE OR HERBICIDE?

A herbicide is a weed killer. A pesticide is a more general term encompassing herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

The Canadian Press April 21, 2014

SELKIRK, Man. - Areas of southern Manitoba are making preparations for rising rivers.

The crest of the Red River was near Ste. Agathe on Monday and should reach Winnipeg either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The City of Selkirk was taking measures to protect low-lying areas along the riverbank in Selkirk Park.

For a few anxious moments on Monday, the manager of the Marine Museum in Selkirk thought ice jams could create a flood.

Shay Nordal said in the morning, emergency measures officials were warning them a sudden rise in water could come within a couple of hours.

But Nordal said just as she went to check the situation, she realized the water had dropped, leading her to believe the ice jam must have broken a bit.

Just to be on the safe side, the museum has moved all its valuables to higher ground.

A high water advisory is in effect for streams in the Interlake, as well as the Whitemud River from Woodside to Lake Manitoba.

Other high water advisories include streams in eastern Manitoba, like the Whitemouth and Brokenhead Rivers which have seen rises. Also included is the Assiniboine River from Holland to Portage la Prairie.
The Portage Diversion remains in operation.

The Red River Floodway is not being used yet, but the situation is being monitored closely.

Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press April 22nd, 2014

The Red River crested overnight at Winnipeg and is now starting to recede at the James Avenue monitoring station.

At about 2 a.m. this morning, the Red River crested at 19.17 feet above normal winter ice levels at James Avenue, according to gauge readings. While this was slightly higher than a revised prediction issued last week, no additional Winnipeg properties were threatened by this level.

The river flow south of the city peaked at 55,200 cubic feet per second, provincial authorities said. That's about 40 per cent of the river's volume at the height of the 1997 "flood of the century."

The province did not operate the Red River Floodway apparatus this spring and does not plan to do so now. This could change if heavy rains in the southern Red River Valley create a second crest.

More precipitation is expected along the Assiniboine River drainage basin, but the province plans to rely on the Portage Diversion in the event Assiniboine flows increase significantly.

As of 10:30 a.m., the Red in Winnipeg had receded to 19.06 feet James. The crest of 19.17 approximates the peak of the spring flood of 2005 and is considered a moderate flood crest by Winnipeg standards.

Only three city properties required sandbag dikes as a precautionary measure this year.

North of Winnipeg, an ice jam at Selkirk has receded and moved north to the bridge at Highway 4, said Steve Topping of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation.

It is expected to remain there for up to 24 hours before moving north to Netley-Libau Marsh, he said.

While communities on either side of the lower Red River are protected, the town of Petersfield, along Netley Creek, has been alerted to be mindful of the potential for rising water levels due to an ice jam at the nearby marsh.

The Red River flows through the marsh to Lake Winnipeg.

Edmonton Journal April 22, 2014

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Map showing expected heavy rain areas.
Photograph by: Environment Canada, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - A high streamflow advisory has been issued for Edmonton and a large portion of West central Alberta.

Alberta Emergency Alert issued the advisory Tuesday morning. It says stream levels are expected to rise rapidly over the next 36 hours and that 1 metre to 1.5 metre increases in water levels are possible within the North Saskatchewan River, Athabasca River and Red Deer River basins. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Environment Canada is calling for heavy rain to begin in the Edmonton area early Wednesday morning with 30 to 60 millimetres by Wednesday night.

There is a special weather statement in effect for much of west central Alberta including Edmonton.

Environment Canada says the highest accumulations of rain are expected to fall west of Edmonton toward Barrhead, Whitecourt and Drayton Valley. Some areas may be particularly sensitive to flooding due to already high water levels from the spring melt. As the weather system approaches, warnings are likely to be issued later Tuesday.

The streamflow advisory says that with the forecasted rain overland flooding is a concern. Ice left along river banks as water levels fell last week may be lifted due to rising water, increasing the likelihood of ice jams reforming. The public should be aware of the potentially rapid changes in water level that may result. This advisory will be updated as required.

The public is warned to be cautious of the rising water levels and take appropriate precautionary measures and to take appropriate measures to avoid flood damage.

Updates to weather recasts and warnings can be found at http://weather.gc.ca/.

Updates to the high streamflow advisory can be found at http://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/.

Dave Stewart, The Guardian April 21, 2014

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Guardian photo by Brian McInnis Charlottetown city council

Water and sewer utility chair says two big projects on schedule

The City of Charlottetown will spend $475,000 this year to install another 1,000 water meters on homes.

Water and sewer utility chairman Eddie Rice said the program has been going well so far, with close to 900 homes already on the metered system.

“We had a great run at the start of people wanting to sign up because they’re seeing savings,’’ Rice said.

The councillor noted that while the program is mandatory in the sense that everyone has to be hooked up by the end of 2019, no one is being forced onto the system anytime soon.

“We’ve decided because it’s an election year,’’ Rice said, referring to the municipal vote in November to elect a new council, “and I’ll be perfectly honest, because it’s an election year we’re not doing mandatory (metering). We’re asking people to volunteer and we’ve gotten volunteers.’’

Water meters is one of a number of conservation measures the city has undertaken. Others include programs for rain barrels, toilet replacements and water conservation kits. The utility is also offering help for people who are buying water conserving washers.

Rice also said the sanitary and storm water separation project is on schedule for completion early in 2015.

The chairman is also happy with progress on the new water supply.

“We’re moving ahead at a pace that I’m happy with, not as fast as some people would like but at a speed which we’ve got control, and we’re creating employment over a longer period of time in the city.’’

This year, the utility will finish most of its work on the new well field at a cost of just over $2 million.

Rice said a financial

plan to address the remaining work involving a connection to the existing infrastructure and construction of a water storage standpipe is currently underway and will be presented to council in the next few months.

It will cost about $12 million, cost-shared by the three levels of government, to finish the new water supply.

“We’ve got our portion of it together pretty well. We are going to give you a report on where the rest of the money will be (coming from). We’re ready application wise for the feds and the province; we’ve got support from both in informal ways.’’

The provincial and federal governments are still working on signing an agreement that will see $440 million flow to P.E.I. municipalities over the next 10 years for project such as the capital city’s new source of water.

When the new source in Miltonvale is hooked

into the system, it will take pressure off the city’s only current source of water in Winter River.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

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