Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger was joined last week by Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), to announce joint funding to build the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels.
This development program will help protect residents and communities in the Lake Manitoba basin from the impacts of chronic flooding.
The project consists of the construction of an additional outlet channel from Lake Manitoba to Lake St. Martin and the conversion and enlargement of the Lake St. Martin emergency outlet channel.
This includes the construction of a permanent structure at the start of the Lake St. Martin channel, as well as an enhancement of the outlet channel.
The project also involves the construction of a permanently engineered channel with an outlet to Lake Winnipeg, bypassing Dauphin River First Nation. The permanent structure will significantly reduce the economic burden that chronic flooding has had on the Province of Manitoba.