Archive for March, 2011

ROCK WALL ALLOWED TO STAY FOR NOW

 http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Rock-barrier-at-Victoria-to-remain-in-place-for-now-118921049.html

Hopefully this revetments life will be short term (though we all know how court cases can be dragged out) and the damage to the beach will be temporary and eventually repairable.  Only time can tell.

And please do not forget that the province still has the sandbags to approve or disapprove for King Edward and Alexander.  (that has been accepted by council and forwarded to the province.)

To insure the province fully understands the rammifications of the sandbags, be sure to let your appropriate authorities know.  Here is link for that:

https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/64/

ARTHUR/PATRICIA REVETMENT GOES TO COURT.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie has stated the Arthur matter has gone to court.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/breakingnews/Victoria-Beach-118784419.html   

(Be sure to read the affadavits on the side of the article.  The Conly affadavit is a very interesting description as to what the RMVB was doing.)

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/cottagers-act-to-keep-beachfront-barrier-118826189.html

National Park Service Coastal Geology

More scientific research to consider: 

From the National Park Service (US).
“Shore parallel structures include seawalls, bulkheads and revetments. These structures are designed to protect coastal property not the beach fronting the property. Development permits are relatively easy to obtain in many states because seawalls may be built above the high water mark, and they are relatively inexpensive (when compared to beach nourishment). However, seawalls may accelerate erosion on the beaches fronting properties they are intending to protect. Wave energy is reflected off of the seawall rather than absorbed by a soft sediment shoreline. The increased wave energy and sediment source trapped behind the sea wall often decrease the sediment supply near the seawall, increasing erosion on adjacent beaches. Therefore, alternatives to these hard structures are strongly encouraged and actively sought by the NPS.”
 

NEW! SANDBAGS APPROVED AT COUNCIL MEETING March 25th

Todays council meeting was quick and to the point.  There was no discussion.  The following resolution was passed.

They now need the Province to agree for it to go forward.  Be sure to tell your Province how you feel.

Remember what Pilkey wrote to Victoria Beach:

I would caution against use of experimental or temporary structures. One approach used in SC and NC has been to allow giant sandbags (provided they are removed after a couple of years), but enforcing the removal requirement has proved almost impossible and it turns out sandbags have the same impact on beach loss as concrete seawalls.

https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/coastal-geologist-letter-to-victoria-beach/

Bill Blaikie: NDP Minister of Conservation mincon@leg.gov.mb.ca 204-945-3730
Fred Meier: Deputy Minister dmcon@leg.gov.mb.ca 204-945-3785

Melnick – minwsd@leg.gov.mb.ca
Premier Selinger – premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

Manitoba Water Stewardship
Box 11 – 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg MB R3J 3W3 1-204-945-6398
wsd@gov.mb.ca

Greg Dewar, Selkirk MLA greg.dewar@leg.gov.mb.ca

“Whereas Sunset Boulevard is a municipal road, title to which is held by the Crown in right of the Province of Manitoba;

And Whereas the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach has the direction, control and management of municipal roads within its boundaries;

And Whereas Council has reviewed a proposal for a temporary shoreline protection project consisting of super-sandbags being placed on a portion of Sunset Boulevard that may remain for two or three years for the protection of lots adjoining Sunset Boulevard from the effects of shoreline erosion while long-term measures are considered;

And Whereas it is desirable that those works do not affect the right of the public to use Sunset Boulevard as a public walkway, that the construction or placement occur in accordance with a proper design, and that the owners affected assume responsibility for the cost and maintenance of the proposed project;

And Whereas Council understands that the Crown may issue a permit specifying conditions for the use of the land for the project;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved That Council accepts the construction of the temporary shoreline protection project on a portion of Sunset Boulevard between 327 and 361 Sunset Boulevard inclusively on the basis that:

(a)        The project will not materially and significantly affect the ability of the public to use Sunset Boulevard as a public walkway; 

(b)        The temporary shoreline protective project consisting of super sandbags will be constructed in accordance with the design and approval of Mr. Dean Gould, P. Eng. or another engineer approved to the satisfaction of the Municipality; and

(c)        That the repair and maintenance of the temporary shoreline protective project consisting of super sandbags will be at the sole cost and responsibility of the adjoining property owners who are the direct beneficiaries of the temporary protective construction.”

Should you have any questions please contact your council:

Karin Boyd kpreval@mts.net   Bruce Morrison cityvber@mts.net     Tom Farrell tfarrell@granite.mb.ca

Kathy McKibbin kathyvb@mymts.net    Penny McMorris vb.mcmorris@gmail.com     R. M. of Victoria Beach vicbeach@mymts.net

CAO: Raymond J. Moreau
Address: 303-960 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Ph: (204)774-4263
Toll Free: 1-800-513-3839
Fax: (204)774-9834
www.rmvb.ca

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And be sure to answer the poll questions to let them know your thoughts.

https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/poll-on-revetments/

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Various Poll Questions on the Erosion Situation at Victoria Beach:

We will be offering a number of polls over the next while.  Please feel free to participate and check back regularly for new ones.

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To See Or Participate in the Polls (click here)

Please click here to access the polls.

https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/poll-on-revetments/

URGENT: SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING FRIDAY MARCH 25

Council has just announced it is holding a special council meeting March 25th at the municpal office 303-960 PORTAGE (at Lipton)  at 10am to discuss a proposal for sandbags for King Edward and Alexandra.

http://www.victoriabeachbeacon.com/rmvb-public-notices/special-council-meeting.html

As we move forward, it is imperative that council and the community investigates and considers proposals together.  To openly engage each other with all the factors important both environmentally and safety/maintenance wise in any future beach front construction.

To this end we suggest you email your questions and comments to council as soon as possible and also to  attend the meeting in person.

Sandbags can have a very heavy impact on the environment of a beach and we cannot tread lightly.  As professor and coastal geologist Pilky advises in his open letter to Victoria Beach: “I would caution against use of experimental or temporary structures. One approach used in SC and NC has been to allow giant sandbags (provided they are removed after a couple of years), but enforcing the removal requirement has proved almost impossible and it turns out sandbags have the same impact on beach loss as concrete seawalls.”

Many of the community are not against temporary sandbags.  Rather, the desire is to be sure the right choices of temporary sandbags will be made. 

Here are some questions and concerns we feel should be considered with any sandbag proposal:

https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/64/

Here are the council emails:

Karin Boyd kpreval@mts.net

Bruce Morrison cityvber@mts.net

Tom Farrell tfarrell@granite.mb.ca

Kathy McKibbin kathyvb@mymts.net

Penny McMorris vb.mcmorris@gmail.com

R. M. of Victoria Beach vicbeach@mymts.net

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