THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SHORELINE AND BEACH MANAGEMENT HAS PRESENTED ITS REPORT TO COUNCIL FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED DURING THE SUMMER. THE REPORT ENTITLED WHAT YOU TOLD US – A REPORT ON THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROCESS IS AVAILABLE ON THE BEACON WEBSITE:
Please be sure to go to the site and download the report to get a full understanding of what they encountered, heard and concluded. (Note: This is not their final report.) It is well worth the read.
The following is an excerpt of their interim recommendations:
“The committee felt that the first two issues outlined below required urgent
attention and had strong community support, and the third, from our initial review,
was also worthy of action in the short-term from the Victoria Beach Council.
Therefore, although our final report will contain recommendations, we felt that
these three issues were time-sensitive enough to warrant our making three interim
recommendations at this early stage of our work, as follows:
1. There is both the necessity and urgency for the RM Council to hire
competent, neutral technical expertise to advise it – we concluded that this
function needed to be adequately funded to be effective, and that it seemed
to us unwise to rush into a shoreline pilot project as envisaged by the
agreement between the RM and Manitoba Water Stewardship, in advance of
having access to this technical advice. Therefore we have recommended to
the RM that it seek permission from the Province to allocate as much of the
agreement grant as is necessary to fund technical expertise.
2. It is important that the RM make a presentation to the public hearings of the
Manitoba Clean Environment Commission on the regulation of Lake
Winnipeg by Manitoba Hydro (the committee inferred this conclusion from
the widely held community view that Manitoba Hydro bore some
responsibility for shoreline issues while using the lake as a reservoir for
power production). We have recommended that the RM prepare a
presentation to the CEC hearings now in order to be ready when the hearing
dates are announced.
3. In examining maps of the municipality it was evident that the Province of
Manitoba has control over a significant amount of shoreline in the RM. We
believe it would be unfortunate if the Province allowed, either through
formal approval or lack of oversight, the establishment of permanent works
on this shoreline prior to council, assisted by competent technical advice,
putting in place a broader shoreline and beach management plan. Hence we
have recommended that the RM request the Province to actively pursue its
oversight of shoreline under its control to prevent such ad hoc actions.”
After hearing presentations, reading submissions and compiling the comments and information from the surveys the Shoreline Advisory Committee has put forward three recommendations to the RMVB council:
“we recommend that the RM Council approach the Province of Manitoba, on an urgent basis, seeking agreement to use as much of the grant as necessary to engage competent shoreline expertise to advise the council and community…” page 26
The committee recommended that council participate in the CEC hearings that will be scheduled for Manitoba Hydro’s final license in regards to the regulation of lake levels.
“The committee recommends that council formally confirm with the Province that they will not approve any permanent and/or non- emergency shoreline works while the RM is conducting it’s review, and the Province take whatever steps are necessary to monitor areas for which it is responsible to ensure that no such unauthorized work takes place” Page 29