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Slave Falls Hydro Dam Project (Pointe Du Bois)

Posted on: August 20, 2020  |  

Manitoba Hydro is planning new work to address deteriorating concrete at some of the Slave Falls dam structures starting as early as fall 2020.  This will require a new portage route.

According to Hydro’s Website any plan for Slave Falls is likely to require work over multiple years and may involve a 1 to 2 metre (about 3 to 6 feet) drop in water level between Slave Falls and Pointe du Bois generating stations, as early as fall 2020. While any reduction in water level will be temporary, it may need to continue for an extended period to accommodate the work.

The re-routing of the Portage may affect people other than Pointe Du Bois residents
The potential dropping of the water level 3-6 ft for up to 3-5 years will definitely affect Pointe Du Bois residents.

For more information on the work, click the link below.

slave_falls_water_levels_information_sheet

Manitoba Hydro’s engagement letter is available at the link below.

Slave Falls – Engagement Letter

The first survey sent to residents and stakeholders is at the link below.

NewPortageSurvey Invitation(1)

There will be a second survey sent out to stake holders in next few weeks to get input on how the locals will be affected (including financial impact)

The photos below are from a recent tour with Kerry Davies, WCA President, Wayne Ewasko,  MLA for Lac du Bonnet, Hydro representatives (Tony Calvo, Zach Regiec, and Dale Hutchison) , WCA Director from Pointe Du Pois Genevieve Grant & her husband Buzz, and Dave and Diane Thusberg from the Pointe du Bois Cottage Association.

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