Just last year, Beaconia, a sister community on the south basin of Lake Winnipeg, was in a much similar situation to the one Victoria Beach finds itself in now. They too had their shoreline being altered by a private citizen. In this case a trench was dug. The results were a disaster for its community. It quickly learned that you cannot simply alter shorelines on Lake Winnipeg without dire consequence. They also found to their dismay that they could find little help to protect it when requesting the Province of Manitoba or its RM for guidance and intervention. They too have built a website to publicize their situation.

Please visit it and see their story.

http://www.ebconservation.ca/index.php

Let`s make sure Victoria Beach does not become the next example of what can happen.

 “Ironically, in regards to Beaconia beach and marsh, the SDPAB and the RM appear to have had no qualms in ignoring the applicable regulatory and legislative obligations, including planning Bylaws, that they themselves are mandated to enforce. ”  

They too are also championing the cause that the Province needs to create a body to oversee, supervise, research and impose penalties to protect the shorelines and habitat of this precious natural resource that Lake Winnipeg is. To bring to a halt this senseless and irresponsible destruction and alterations of the shoreline and its habitats.

“Published Jan 15th, Vicki Burns, co-ordinator of the Lake Winnipeg Watershed Initiative, said Friday’s meeting should be the first step in the province taking the lead on a more uniform approach to shoreline protection on Lake Winnipeg…Burns said besides preserving beaches and shoreline, the province also needs to get a better handle on development around the lake.”

They too want the Province to take action and stop shoreline development until more stringent regulations can be determined:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/groups-citizens-urging-cottage-development-freeze-113572094.html

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