Letter to the Editor,
Lake of the Prairies under the jurisdiction of the Manitoba government is managed more like a reservoir than a lake.
The water levels at the Lake of the Prairies goes up and down like a yo-yo. For years I have tried to determine who controls the discharge at Shellmouth dam.
In the past I’ve been told that Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg, Brandon, and Portage control the water levels at the Lake of the Prairies. No one wants to take responsibility for the discharge of water at the Shellmouth dam and the draining of the Lake of the Prairies.
Today the lake level is nearly that of this past winter. Currently the lake level is at least 10 to 14 feet below spring levels.
This large fluctuation on the lake has immense impact on the shoreline, the fisheries, and the cottagers. If this uncontrolled discharge continues, there will be a bigger fish kill this coming winter than what we witnessed last winter.
Low lake levels discourage cottage development and tourism.
It is time that the Manitoba government start treating Lake of the Prairies like a lake and not like a reservoir for the city of Winnipeg.
The development of the local economy was initiated to compensate the region for the lost of farmland when the lake was created back in the late 1960’s.
The cottage development throughout the lake depends on a healthy fisheries and normal water levels throughout the year. Treating this lake like a reservoir will eventually kill off the multi-million dollar economy associated with this lake.
Are you concerned enough to contact your MLA?
Inky Mark, former MP