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NDP introducing pesticide ban legislation tomorrow
Winnipeg Free Press April 21, 2014
Long-promised legislation to phase out the sale and use of synthetic pesticides on lawns in Manitoba will be introduced Tuesday.
Preparations underway as rivers rising in parts of southern Manitoba
The Canadian Press April 21, 2014
SELKIRK, Man. - Areas of southern Manitoba are making preparations for rising rivers.
Red River starting to recede; currently no plan to operate floodway
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.
Heavy rain and high water predicted for Edmonton and west central Alberta
Edmonton Journal April 22, 2014
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/.
Charlottetown to install 1,000 water meters
Dave Stewart, The Guardian April 21, 2014
Water and sewer utility chair says two big projects on schedule
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.
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