At the March 15th council meeting a proposal for sandbags was submitted to the RMVB for King Edward and Alexandra and was apparantly passed by council. The group proposing must now get permission from the Province to proceed.

It is not known what the specific details are.  However, 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.”

It is therefore important to contact  RMVB council to request full information and disclosure on what this sandbag proposal is.  Ask questions and show your concerns.  (a good reference:  https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/64/)

As well, please contact the province’s Conservation Ministry. (Whom the group will now need to get permission from.) Be sure they know that you propose only the small temporary sandbags should be allowed and not huge massive ones.  Ask them questions as well.  Be sure they know all the things to look into with sandbags re their construction, environmental impact when degrading, maintainance, liability etc.  Don’t assume they will if we don’t ask.

Be sure to use the Pilky quote in your letter, email or phone call and direct them to the full letter here.  https://preservingvictoriabeach.wordpress.com/coastal-geologist-letter-to-victoria-beach/

As well, remind the NDP of their slogan on their website:   “Our many rivers, lakes and parks make this province a great place to live. And I want to ensure all Manitobans can enjoy them for generations to come.” Greg Selinger

http://todaysndp.ca/clean-air-land-water-all-manitobans

If we do not deal with the situation at Victoria Beach swiftly, intelligently and with a strong environmental science, we are likely the last generation to ever enjoy these amazing beaches as the many generations before us have.

Time again is of the essence. As the spring flooding becomes more and more of an issue for the Province we risk being lost in the cacophony.

Please call or write council and the Province today!  Don’t underestimate the power of what we all have been sending.  It has been very effective in getting our message across.  Each email or call helps. Don’t let them take us off the radar. 

Bill Blaike: 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

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

R. M. of Victoria Beach vicbeach@mymts.net  204-774-4263     

Thanks for helping preserve the beaches at Victoria Beach!

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