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Delta getting dug out

By Clarise Klassen, The Graphic

The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie received plenty of input regarding re-development of Delta Beach. (Portage Daily Graphic file photo)

The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie received plenty of input regarding re-development of Delta Beach. (Portage Daily Graphic file photo)

Work continues to repair the damage done to the Delta beach area by the flooding in 2011.

At its last council meeting, the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie approved a $34,425 bid by Meseyton Construction for the dredging of the boat launch area at Delta.

“The only reason they’re doing this is because of the flood of 2011,” said Coun. Terry Simpson. “With all the high winds we had out there, it brought the sand out of the lake and into the canal, so there’s not enough room for the boats to launch in the channel to get out into the lake.”

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation also recently tendered out the cleanup of the shoreline along the south side of Lake Manitoba.

They’ve tendered out for cleaning up on Delta,” Reeve Kam Blight said on Aug. 13. “I do believe it closes the middle of next week. Hopefully, we will see some action from the province in that regard in the near future.”

The RM didn’t wait for the province to clean the public beach area ahead of the August long weekend.

“We did employ the services of a contractor to clean up the public beach portion from the fish and branches to make it a more usable state for people when they come out in the summer time,” said Blight. “That has been completed.”

The fish he referred to were a large number of dead carp that washed up along the shoreline. The province tested the fish and issued information about the presence of a koi herpesvirus in the carp, asking the public’s help in removing and disposing of the infected fish.

“It’s in really good shape now compared to what it was three weeks ago,” said Coun. Simpson, adding he and Reeve Blight were out at Delta beach at that time. “It just reeked; it stunk.

“I went out a week later and it was altogether different. The seagulls were lined up there and it was a feast!”

Manitoba Water Stewardship’s Fisheries Branch said the fish herpesvirus could not be transmitted to humans, but affects common carp, koi and goldfish. The first case found in wild carp in Lake Manitoba was spotted in 2008.

Delta consultation

The public input in late June and July on plans for the RM of Portage’s public beach and campground at Delta has been collected.

“We’ve just received a draft report on that which we’re going to be closing the door discussing right now. We haven’t had a chance to get to it yet,” Blight outlined on Aug. 13, adding then councillors will meet with consultant Michelle Holland.

“I will say it’s been an excellent response and feedback from people taking the time to complete these surveys and pass along their comments. We really appreciate people taking the time out to help us out with this matter.”

The beach and campground were completely destroyed by the 2011 flooding, providing a clean slate for the RM to redevelop. Councillors chose to hire a consultant to get public feedback on what they wanted to see be put into the public recreational space.

A development plan should be complete before the end of the year.


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