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Concerns raised about Lake Manitoba water management

Angela Brown Portage Daily Graphic

While it has been a year since the 2011 flood devastated the Central Plains area, the high water levels of Lake Manitoba are still an issue of concern for community members and property owners.

A committee has been meeting to discuss the long- term levels of Lake Manitoba.

"This is one of the four committees that was struck ... back in February who have been calling for a review of what happened in the flood," said Portage la Prairie MLA Ian Wishart. "One committee in particular is supposed to look at the future levels for Lake Manitoba. A lot of people should be interested in this, particularly the cottage owners and the farmers around the lake."

He said there has been some discussion about maintaining the water from the lake at higher levels than what it has been at in the past.

"That is certainly not what most of (the area residents) want," said Wishart. "I know from talking to most of them."

The Association of Lake Manitoba stakeholders had a meeting with the Province recently as well on the issue.

"They were in a meeting with some of the government officials last week as well," said Wishart. "I talked to them after that and they didn't really get what they wanted in terms of information."

See more in Portage Daily Graphic.

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