Why was Manitoba not represented at this meeting on the flood response on the Souris River?
If there are going to be additional flood control structures put in place, there are candidates in Manitoba to consider in SW Manitoba. It is bad planning that Manitoba is not a full and equal participant in these discussions.
Beyond reducing flood risks, Manitoba has an added stake in these discussions due to the presence of irrigated lands along the Assiniboine River. More water control structures could produce more reliable supplies of irrigation water during droughts and reduce the pressures on the Assiniboine ground water aquifer. A lot of potato production and processing jobs are dependent on that water and anything that can be done to increase its availability would be a good thing.