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Free Press: Informative Article On Retreating From The Shoreline

There is an informative article in the Winnipeg Free Press today discussing how more and more that the only real way to deal with erosion is to vacate. A difficult concession and one with sad repercussion for those owning property. None the less, it is increasingly the solution of choice since shoreline erosion is virtually impossible to stop.

“Up and down the California coast, some communities are deciding it’s not worth trying to wall off the encroaching ocean. Until recently, the thought of bowing to nature was almost unheard of.”

“buffers may protect the base of cliffs, and the land and property behind them, but they often exacerbate the problem by scouring beaches, making them narrower or even causing them to disappear.”

“…after futile attempts to curb coastal erosion — a problem that is expected to grow worse with rising seas fueled by global warming — there is growing acknowledgment that the sea is relentless and any line drawn in the sand is likely to eventually wash over.”

“entire villages have been forced to move to higher ground or are thinking about it in the face of melting sea ice. Hawaii’s famous beaches are slowly shrinking and some scientists think it’s a matter of time before the state has to explore whether to move back development.”

“Several states along the Atlantic coast have adopted policies meant to keep a distance from the ocean. They include no-build zones, setbacks or rolling easements that allow development but with a caveat. As the sea advances, homeowners promise not to build seawalls and must either shift inland or let go.”

“…the scenic Great Highway is under assault from the Pacific. Erosion has inched closer to the roadway each year, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues girding segments with broken-up rock, a costly temporary fix that has had limited success.”

“People who want to build new oceanside construction agree not to build a seawall if their homes become threatened in the future.”

Here is the link to the full article:



Lake Winnipeg Needs Protection

Here is an excellent video that provides further evidence of what man made interactions with Lake Winnipeg has caused:  CHOKING LAKE WINNIPEG.    Be it shoreline structures, chemicals, community development or sewage; the list goes on and on. 

It is time the Province took control of Lake Winnipeg to both protect it and restore it to what it once was.

password:  choking

***Thanks to Scientia Productions Website  for their permission to share this documentary.

Eastern Beaches Conservation Coalition Website

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.

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:

REVISED: CBC’s The Nature of Things : “SAVE MY LAKE” Sunday April 3rd 7pm

Due to the horrific disaster in Japan, the Nature of Things has bumped up its documentary on earthquakes.  As result, the documentary “SAVE MY LAKE” on what is happening to Lake Winnipeg and the dire consequences as a result will now be aired Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm..

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