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This article was published 10/7/2012 (3426 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Where are the obligations of stewardship?
It is beyond reason. I cannot understand the logic of the province, issuing a licence for an irrigation project that will draw water from the already fragile ecosystem of the Little Saskatchewan River.
Even in the driest of years, more than 50 per cent of the water released at the dam (Rivers Reservoir) is allotted for this project.
This is the one and only, made-in-Manitoba river.
With its headwaters at Riding Mountain National Park, it empties into the Assiniboine River a few miles west of the City of Brandon. I recall that when we had “dedicated” water stewardship ministers and under the leadership of then premier Gary Doer, they always stressed that we, as a province and a people, must do more to save and protect our water sources.
All 1.1 million of us have a role to play. In defence, proponents may call this irrigation project progress and development. I would call it, simply “exploitation of our water.”
Perhaps Premier Greg Selinger and the Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh were too busy reading all the comments from people about the controversial release of a small black bear and not fully aware of this particular activity taking place in the RM of Daly.
To the people of Manitoba, this is your water and your river.
It is in danger of being annihilated.
If you care, let the premier and minister know. You did it for Makoon.