Posted March 14, 2019
The city could soon direct its water and waste department to spend $100,000 on a marsh restoration project, with the goal of improving the health of Lake Winnipeg.
Council’s executive policy committee voted in favour of the grant Tuesday, a motion that will require a council vote.
If approved, the money would help fund a pilot project to restore the Netley-Libau Marsh, which will also be funded by the Mayors and Reeves of the South Basin ($50,000), the Community Spirit Fund of Brokenhead First Nation ($7,000), a Federation of Canadian Municipalities green fund ($125,000), Lake Winnipeg Basin Program ($125,000), the Winnipeg Foundation ($20,000) and the federal Eco-Action Fund ($70,000).
The project would rely on the provincial Amphibex fleet.
When healthy, the marsh is expected to help filter out algae-promoting nutrients that otherwise pollute Lake Winnipeg.
The motion also calls on the water and waste department to explore additional “cost-effective” ways to help clean up Lake Winnipeg.
Council still hoping for $40 million from province
The City of Winnipeg is making another attempt to claim millions of dollars in roads funding from the provincial government.
Winnipeg’s preliminary 2019 budget reduced roads spending from its original forecast, alleging the city was forced to limit repairs after the province failed to pay $40 million worth of 2018 capital grants for city roads.
By contrast, the province has repeatedly claimed that it made good on all of its financial commitments to Winnipeg.
Council’s public works committee recently passed a motion that again calls for the money to be paid. It also calls on the province to commit future funds to local road renewal in Winnipeg.
Mayor Brian Bowman said Tuesday that he’ll support that motion at the next executive policy committee meeting, where he hopes to add in an amendment that calls on the province to detail exactly how it concluded all roads funding was provided.
“To date, we have not received details of how they’ve arrived at their conclusion that they have met the $250-million commitment (for roads over five years),” said Bowman.