Posted by: VBSPA | May 5, 2013

Municipal Amalgamation Article

An interesting article about the municipal amalgamation bill 33 form the Winnipeg Free Press.

Click here.

Posted by: VBSPA | May 4, 2013

Opposing Bill 33

Here is some information on how taxpayers can oppose Bill 33:
How to make a submission on Bill 33:
Members of the public can make a presentation or written submission to the Standing Committees of the
Legislature chosen to review the bill.
To present or provide a written submission to the Standing Committee, you must register with the Office of
the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, 204-945-3636. A written submission can be mailed, faxed or emailed
to the Office of the Clerk.
Keep in mind the Committee may not give much notice, and out of town presenters are sometimes asked to
present first.
More information on the Committee process is available:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/committees/index.html
Bill 33 can be accessed at http://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/40-2/b033e.phpThe Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
www.gov.mb.ca
After receiving First and Second Reading, a Bill goes before a Standing or Special Committee, or before a Committee of the Whole House for consideration. It is during this third stage, the Committee Stage, that the content of a Bill is reviewed in detail.

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

http://www.gov.mb.ca

After receiving First and Second Reading, a Bill goes before a Standing or Special Committee, or before a Committee of the Whole House for consideration. It is during this third stage, the Committee Stage, that the content of a Bill is reviewed in detail.

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Posted by: VBSPA | May 3, 2013

Forced Amalgamation by the Province- Bill 33

VBSPA is concerned over the forced amalgamation of the RM of Alexander and the RM of Victoria Beach and the future affect it will have on the progress we have on our Shoreline Management plan and work with Baird Engineering.

This is the link to Bill 33

 

Posted by: VBSPA | March 25, 2013

Shoreline Update from Baird Engineering

The Rural municipality continues to consider shoreline management a priority for  the community of Victoria Beach. The municipality plans to continue to develop a shoreline management plan. An update from Baird Engineering has been received and is available to all stakeholders. The update summarizes what has occurred up to this point in the investigation of shoreline of the Victoria Beaches community.

According to the RMVB Mr. Zuzek from Baird Engineering will be back this summer.

Please click here to read the report.

Stay informed keep up to date with what is happening in our municipality. Check out the RMVB website.

The web address is http://rmofvictoriabeach.ca/

Please click on the link to see Council’s response to the Province’s request for the municipalities to amalgamate.

RMVB Website link

By-Law #1539 – Use of Public Property – The climbing, playing, walking, driving or loitering on sand banks located in the RM of Victoria Beach is prohibited. The long-term storage of any items (boats, sheds, metals, garbage, etc.) on public/municipal property, including the face or slope of sandbanks and lakeshore, is prohibited without written permission of Council.

Bylaw 1539 is a new bylaw made by council to protect the natural environment of Victoria beach and to protect the fragile banks and sand cliffs in the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach. It does in fact include the sand cliffs. Please make sure you are aware of this bylaw and respect it.

Please help educate others about this bylaw and share it on your Facebook page or twitter feed.

Thank you!

Next council meeting August 21 st 7PM at the Alex Andersen sports club at Victoria Beach.

Posted by: VBSPA | August 9, 2012

Phase 2 passed by Council

At the last council meeting Phase 2 Summer 2012 Technical Investigation was passed by council.
Baird Engineering has been hired by council to move on to phase 2 of it’s study to assist Victoria Beach with building an effective Shoreline Management Plan. This is a 3 phase process. The goal of this plan is to give the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach a well thought out policy for dealing with any future shoreline projects and will provide technical advice for each specific area of Victoria Beach. From meetings that representatives from VBSPA have had with the expert from Baird and from the public meetings with Baird it is felt that there is a well balanced plan taking place which considers the longterm vision of Victoria Beach. We are very interested in continuing to hear options available to our beaches. Through discussions with Pete Zuzek of Baird it is felt that he is considering the importance of the beaches and the importance of private property along the shorelines.

There have been a lot of positive things happening this winter in regards to the protection of our shoreline. It is still vital that all community members stay tuned and focused on this important issue for it will define our community. At the public meeting when both Norm Brandson and Pete Zuzek spoke it was quite clear that we need to act on this to ensure our beaches are not lost and private property is protected.

Phase 2 Technical Investigation includes the following:
Measure Historical Erosion Rates
Wave and sediment Modeling
Estimate Future Shoreline Position
summarize Erosion Processes
Evaluate existing Shoreline Protection
Engage Stakeholders

VBSPA would like to thank council for the commitment to this issue and all their hard work in areas of the development plan and much more this spring and summer.

The next council meeting is August 21 st.

On Monday July 23 rd Council held a public meeting regarding shoreline and beach preservation both Norm Brandson from the Shoreline Advisory Committee and Pete Zuzek a geomorphologist from Baird Engineering made very informative presentations. Both presentations highlighted the importance of community involvement and the importance of both private property and the natural environment of the beaches at Victoria Beach. Some very important Information regarding the effects of revetments on beaches were made during the presentation. The following is a summary and highlights of the meeting.

Mr. Norm Brandson presented the Final Report of the Shoreline Advisory Committee. The final report is an impressive, thorough document of high quality. VBSPA would like to take this opportunity to thank the advisory committee for all their hard work throughout the year. Mr. Brandson pointed out that 20 meetings were held by the advisory committee in creating this document and the recommendations.

During the advisory committee’s work this year the committee had made some initial recommendations.

The following are the 4 initial recommendations are as follows:

1. Engage competent, neutral expertise on shoreline science to provide it with technical advice relating to shoreline issues in the municipality;
2. Make a formal presentation to the Clean Environment Commission hearings (announced but not yet scheduled) on finalizing Manitoba Hydro’s Water Power Act license to regulate Lake Winnipeg, setting out the RM’ s position on the implications of this regulation for flooding and erosion issues
In the RM;
3. Urge the province of Manitoba to actively exercise the jurisdiction it has over considerable stretches of shoreline in the RM to ensure that no ad hoc or unauthorized works are constructed prior to resolving outstanding shoreline issues; and,
4. Implement a moratorium on the construction of any non-emergency shoreline works in those areas under municipal jurisdiction.

The advisory committee’s final recommendations are;

Local government assume jurisdiction over all public shoreline in the Rural Muncipality of Victoria Beach.

The Municipality opportunistically acquires private shoreline on a willing sell- buyer basis.

Council contract independent technical expertise to assist in implementing a shoreline management planning process in conjunction with the development planning process; and in preparing a draft plan.

Council contract technical expertise to prepare a drainage management plan for the Rural Municipality.

An on-going public advisory committee be established that can provide community based advice to council on shoreline and beach management issues.

Council intimate a community based monitoring program to gather needed information on the physical processes that are impacting the shoreline of the municipality.

Council prepare a short term budget to fund the additional actions required to implement this reports recommendations and present funding options for public discussion.

Council hold a public annual State of the RM Meeting beginning this year, devoting the first meeting to a State of the Shoreline theme.

The Province of Manitoba, in situations where water levels have caused the inundation of property and these same levels have significantly contributes shoreline erosion, provide assistance to both groups of affected property owners.

The Province of Manitoba takes steps to bring some degree of uniformity to how shoreline management is practiced around the entire south basin of Lake Winnipeg.

Taken from pages 18-21 of the Community Perpspectives Community Solutions
Report of the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach Advisory Committee on Shoreline and Beach Management, June 2012

For the entire report please go to RMVB Website documents and downloads

Mr. Pete Zuzek of Baird Engineering was the second presenter of the evening. Mr. Zuzek of Baird Engineering has been hired by the Rural Municipality of Victoria beach to provide a neutral, unbiased technical advice with the mandate of protecting shoreline properties and preserving the beaches of Victoria Beach. On July 23 rd, Mr. Zuzek presented phase 1 of his study. The municipality is currently in the process of hiring Mr. Zuzek and Baird Engineering for Phase 2. In his presentation he emphasized the importance of science and process when protecting shorelines to ensure our communities beaches are preserved while private properties are given the protection needed. The erosion reality was also emphasized in that active and permanent intervention is the only way to protect the beaches and the private properties along the Victoria Beach shorelines. This protection needs to be done in a responsible well- planned, science based way in order to successfully protect all of our assets including beaches and private property along the shoreline.

The first phase of a three phase process has just been completed by Pete Zuzek of Baird Engineering. Phase 1 is called Governance Review which includes the following
– Review Shoreline Regulations
– Establish long- term vision for the shoreline
-Establish linkages for Baird Technical Studies and Existing Regulations
– Engage Stake holders
from the PowerPoint presentation by Baird engineering

An important piece at Victoria Beach is that we need to develop a better more effective process for development along our shoreline. Currently the guidelines for building on our shorelines are not outlined properly and the Victoria Beach community lacks technical advice. With Baird Engineering a Shoreline Management Plan will be created looking at the variety of technical and community needs along the Victoria Beach shorelines. The Shoreline Management Plan will outline and provide guidance for property owners, contractors/ engineers, SETC and the RMVB council. The RMVB will be divided into areas and both technical advice and the community expectations will be outlined in the Shoreline Management Plan. Please refer to the power point slide for an outline of the future process for permission to build along the shoreline.
RMVB website

While establishing the long term Vision for the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) the draft development plan was consulted.
the vision used was:
-Well-planned Thriving Community
-Leader in Environment and Community Life
-Maintain and conserve natural spaces for future generations
-Strive for better quality of life reflected in its distinct natural setting

The Principal Aim of the plan will be to:
– Serve as a land use strategy.
– Maintain the unique history, character and lifestyle of Victoria Beach.
– 3.3.83 Respect the historical significance of Victoria Beach and establish access to natural areas and Lake Winnipeg.
– 4.4.4: Preserve those lands which provide recreational enjoyment.
From PowerPoint presentation by Baird engineering

The Erosion Reality was outlined at this meeting.
-Majority of the Shoreline within the RMVB are eroding naturally.
– much of the public reserve is gone.
– Homes are threatened.
– Beaches are at risk.
– Active and permanent intervention is the only way to protect front row homes and our local beaches.
From Power Point presentation by Baird Engineering
The Reality of Revetments
During the presentation and after during a feedback session It was clearly stated that revetments should not be placed behind beaches. Revetments are used by Baird to protect property along water that does not have beaches or to protect structures like nuclear power plants that are along shorelines. revetments are built clearly to protect back shore property only.
Revetments deny the replenishment of the sand to the beach which, at Victoria Beach comes from the banks. A small amount of sand comes from another source but, further studies are needed to figure out where this source is from. Through the testing and samples taken from the bottom of the lake near Victoria Beach it was learned that the lake bed is primarily clay. The clay begins about 100-150 meters out from the sand beaches. There is not an abundance of sand out there for our beaches. It was clearly stated that revetments will result in the scouring of our beaches.
Another key issue that was explained during the presentation was about downcutting. Downcutting is a Natural process of erosion that occurs under water where the sand meets the clay in the lake. Downcutting is increased at the base of a revetment eroding in front of the structure and eventually underneath the revetment. This would directly exult in the lose of beaches and the failure of the revetment structure.

Successful Erosion mitigation projects that Baird Engineering has done throughout the world were shown. This was to demonstrate the full process and to show samples of what has been done successfully by Baird Engineering. At this point in the phases Mr. Zuzek could not necessarily recommend anything specific especially with the great variety of shorelines that are in the municipality. The entire process needs to be followed and studied closely to ensure success. He emphasized throughout the process stakeholders will be consulted and engaged to ensure the communities priorities are considered throughout.

According to council there is still approximately $40,000 left from the $100,000 grant from the government last year.

It is important that all stakeholders stay involved in this process to ensure the needs of our community remain in place.

To see the entire PowerPoint presentation and review the reports visit RMVB website documents and downloads

Posted by: VBSPA | July 18, 2012

Draft Development Plan- First Reading

At the July 17th Council Meeting held at Victoria Beach the draft of the Development plan was presented at this meeting. An error was made on the map of Victoria Beach from the Provincial Planning office. The map indicated that it was residential land right to the water’s edge rather than protected public land. Council is fixing this immediately and the map will be revised to show protected public land.

It is important to review this new draft document and send any feedback about the document by July 24th in regards to any comments or concerns to council.

You can contact Council via phone 1-204-774-4263 or toll free 1-800-513-3839 or email council directly.
Please refer to the documents and downloads on the RMVB website for further information.
There is a very important meeting on July 23 rd to mark on your calendars. Pete Zuzek of Baird Engineering will be presenting in regards to shoreline protection. it will be held at 7 PM at the Sports Club on Pine Road. This is a very positive step and direction for our community. Please try to attend and stay informed to the future of our beaches and shoreline. This positive direction is a direct link to all those who spoke up, wrote letters, emails and made phone calls last year.
In addition Norm Brandson will be presenting the final RMVB Shoreline Advisory Report.

Upcoming Council Meetings to attend… August 7th at 1:00 at the RMVB office August 21st at 7:00 pm at the Alex Anderson Sports Club on Pine Road and Ash.

See you at the meetings!

Posted by: VBSPA | May 16, 2012

Bylaw 1539 Passed by RMVB

A recent bylaw was passed by Council to  help regulate the use of public property and to help in the protection of the environment as well as, to protect  the stability of the cliffs around Victoria Beach.

Click here to read bylaw 1539.

https://vbspa.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/by-law-1539.pdf

Posted by: VBSPA | May 15, 2012

May 15th Agenda for the RMVB Council Meeting

Click here to check out the latest agenda for the May 15th Council Meeting.

Posted by: VBSPA | January 20, 2012

January 10, 2012 Victoria Beach Council Meeting

The council meeting minutes for January 10, 2012 are now available.

Please click here for the latest minutes. 

It is important that we continue to stay informed. Check out the Important Dates for future council meetings.

Please check out a recent resolution passed by the RMVB by clicking here.

Posted by: VBSPA | October 24, 2011

October 21st Pictures of the Beaches

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Click here for a recent resolution passed by the RMVB.

Posted by: VBSPA | October 7, 2011

Thank you for your Attendance

Thank you for attending the VBSPA’s first general meeting on September 4th. There was a great turn out and we appreciated everyone’s involvement and feedback. If you have provided your contact information to us, we will be contacting you in the near future. In the meantime, please click on the link below to join now and take action link to be added to VBSPA’s membership list and receive all the current information.

Join Now and Take Action

Click on the link to see the VBSPA general meeting minutes.

Posted by: VBSPA | October 6, 2011

Public Meeting Minutes of VBSPA from September 4th

VBSPA General Meeting

Date: September 4, 2011

Location: Victoria Beach Clubhouse

Executive Attendees:

Andrew Smith, Phil Murray, Mike Mason, Barb Hansford, Al Keith, Trish Mason

1.      Andrew Smith presented an agenda, covered the rules of order and introduced the executive to the crowd of approximately 120 people.

Agenda

Introductions

Who and what VBSPA represents

Summary of events since last October

Where we are now

Summary of Advisory Hearings

Reasonable Options

What next?

Question Period

Read More…

Posted by: VBSPA | October 4, 2011

Recent Resolution for RMVB

September Picture of Arthur Beach

Please click below for a recent resolution passed at a RMVB Council meeting in regards to shoreline management at Victoria Beach.

 New Resolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association Membership and Informational Meeting

When:  Sunday, September 4th at 10:00 am

Where: VB Clubhouse 

This meeting is open to all VBSPA members and non-members wishing to learn more. Topics will include an introduction to VBSPA, the Executive and our Mission, Vision, Values and Goals. We will also provide a summary of events to date and a report on the Advisory Committee hearings that occurred in July and early August.

Click here to join now and take action!

Please consider taking a hour on the 4th to meet other VBSPA members and learn more about your association and its activities.

Check out another upcoming event!

Posted by: VBSPA | August 19, 2011

Our History Speaks

The importance of the beaches are evident at Victoria Beach throughout its history. It is what the founders of Victoria beach built the community  around and a reason the community flourished.   Note the quote taken from  the Victoria Beach News July 27th, 1926.

“Victoria Beach is dotted with the most alluring coves and bays where children and their elders disport themselves and lie close by in the sand. Few spots have such fine sand and granular qualities”

–taken from the Victoria Beach News July 27, 1926

Please check out the the document Recognizing the Past : Embracing the Future Development Plan Framework.

Resources Regional Planning.ca

The creation of the Victoria Beach Development Plan will continue this summer at Victoria Beach. The organizer hopes that this will be a positive and constructive endeavour for our beach. The open house will be on Saturday, September 3rd at the Senior Scene 10:00 am- 1:00pm.

Posted by: VBSPA | August 11, 2011

Did you know that…

Did you know that the last 2 paragraphs of the Lake Winnipeg Shoreline Management Handbook cautions against building revetments on dynamic beaches?

“A properly designed, constructed and maintained revetment structure can effectively stop erosion at the water’s edge for a period of time. Application of this approach requires careful consideration of the lake bottom erosion. A revetment can also be used to protect shorelines from storm wave run up damage, and can be designed to provide this protection even under extreme conditions. However, a revetment will not provide any recreational benefit to the shoreline, and may in fact reduce access and result in a reduction of existing beach deposits. Read More…

Posted by: VBSPA | August 5, 2011

Did you know that..

Did you know that an extensive study was done on Lake Winnipeg in regards to shoreline erosion by a group of Coastal Engineers and the information was compiled in a guide called  the Lake Winnipeg Shoreline Management Handbook.

Read More…

Posted by: VBSPA | August 5, 2011

Manitoba News Release-Emergency Channel Construction

A Manitoba News Release was sent out July 26, 2011 in regards to the emergency channel being built between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.
EMERGENCY CHANNEL CONSTRUCTION PROCEEDING TO LOWER LAKE MANITOBA, LAKE ST. MARTIN LEVELS

The Manitoba government will start construction on an emergency channel out of Lake St. Martin immediately, and Lake Manitoba outflows through the Fairford River water control structure will be unrestricted throughout the winter, as recommended by independent engineering firms KGS and AECOM. If construction can be completed by this fall, levels on both lakes would be lowered before spring run-off begins, reducing the likelihood of flooding in 2012.

Posted by: VBSPA | August 3, 2011

The Most Important Thing you Can do this Summer

Monday, August 8th at 7:00 pm will be the last of three public hearings for the Shoreline Management Advisory Committee  at Victoria Beach. It  will be held at the Senior Scene.  The most important thing you can do this summer is to either send in a written submission or present at these hearings to ensure all stakeholders and concerns are heard. The submission does not have to include a solution. It can be your stance on shoreline management and protection of the natural beaches at Victoria Beach. These meetings have been very respectful places where all stakeholders can share their views on the future of our shorelines and beaches at Victoria Beach.

Submissions should be sent  by email to the municipality at vicbeach@mts.net with “ADVISORY COMMITTEE” in the subject line, or by regular post to 303-960 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0R4. Submissions needs to be in by August 8th, 2011.

Please check the Victoria Beach Beacon for further information on sending in a submission or presentation.

We also encourage people to attend this meeting to ensure that you stay informed and are aware of what is going on in our municipality.   Please click on our Important Dates page for dates as well as, Council Meeting dates

Please email us at vbspa@mymts.net if you would like to become more involved. We have an amazing group of volunteers and are always happy to welcome more. We value our members input and questions. If you have any feedback or information please let us know.

Join us and take action!

Posted by: VBSPA | July 27, 2011

Did you know…

That according to the Draft Provincial Land Use Policy for Manitoba, it is not permitted to alter more than 25% of a shoreline lot.  The policy reads “To ensure the protection, retention and, where required, rehabilitation of riparian areas, the following conditions apply to development along waterways or water bodies:….. that docks, pathways, boathouses, or other alterations within riparian areas be kept to a minimum and not comprise more than 25 percent of thelength of the lot’s shoreline and incorporate best management practices…” http://www.gov.mb.ca/ia/plups/draft.html#_Toc220145176

Read More…

Posted by: VBSPA | July 25, 2011

Did you know…

That the Province of Ontario does not permit building on dynamic beaches (such as we have at Victoria Beach).  The Province of Ontario’s Provincial Policy Statement reads “Development and site alteration shall not be permitted within:the dynamic beach hazard” http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page1485.aspx#3.1

Posted by: VBSPA | July 23, 2011

Did you know…

Did you know that several Manitoban environmentalists have urged the Government of Manitoba and the people of Manitoba “to order a temporary halt to all new developments affecting wetlands and shorelines until it can develop a rational, consistent policy—founded on  sound, scientific principles to ensure the development is done responsibly and sustainably,  without compromising the benefits we receive from natural, healthy shorelines and wetlands”, referring to shorelines as “nature’s kidneys”.

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough

University of Manitoba

Vicki Burns

Community Foundations of Canada

Dr. Pascal Badiou

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Bruce Smith

Lake Winnipeg Foundation

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association recommends and encourages everyone to become informed about erosion, shoreline management and beach preservation. It is important to know the facts.
Please keep checking back to the VBSPA webpage. We will continue to post information and links.

We also recommend visiting the Preserving Victoria Beach web site. It provides  important and factual information on erosion and effects of structures such as revetments.

Sunday, July 24th at 11:00 am will be the first of three public hearings for the Shoreline Management Advisory Committee that will be held at the Senior Scene. VBSPA encourages all concerned stakeholders to either send in a written submission or present at these hearings to ensure all stakeholders and concerns are heard.

Submissions should be sent  by email to the municipality at vicbeach@mts.net with “ADVISORY COMMITTEE” in the subject line, or by regular post t 303-960 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0R4.

Please check the Victoria Beach Beacon for further information on sending in a submission or presentation.

We also encourage people to attend these meetings to ensure that you stay informed and are aware of what is going on in our municipality.  Please click on our Important Dates page for future dates as well as Council Meeting dates.  Representatives from VBSPA will be in attendance at all of these meetings.

Please email us at vbspa@mymts.net if you would like to become more involved. We have an amazing group of volunteers and are always happy to welcome more. We value our members input and questions. If you have any feedback or information please let us know.

Join us and take action!

Posted by: VBSPA | July 18, 2011

Did you know…

The Shoreline Management Handbook produced by the Government of Manitoba says that it is “not intended as a substitute for professional engineering services needed to properly design protection works.  The services of a competent coastal engineer should be retained to carry out shoreline protection design specific to the site being protected in order to reduce the risk of failure and to evaluate any effects on neighbouring properties.” – Page 3 Shoreline Management Handbook

Lake Winnipeg Shoreline Management Handbook

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association recommends and encourages everyone to become informed about erosion, shoreline management and beach preservation. It is important to know the facts.
Please keep checking back to the VBSPA webpage. We will continue to post information and links.

We also recommend visiting the Preserving Victoria Beach web site. It provides  important and factual information on erosion and effects of structures such as revetments.

Posted by: VBSPA | July 14, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you to all those that came out and helped clean up Connaught Beach on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011. After  a storm in October many areas of Connaught beach were blocked by trees and debri. A great big thank you to the 50 people who came to lend a helping hand. They brought out chain saws, work gloves and shovels.  Due to waves and high water we were only able to do a section of the beach.

Posted by: VBSPA | July 13, 2011

RMVB Council Advisory Committee

The RMVB has set dates for public hearings for the advisory  committee on shoreline and beach management. They will be held at the Senior Scene on the following dates:

July 24th, 2011  at 11:00 a.m.

July 28th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

August 8th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

A Shoreline Protection and Beach Management questionnaire will be delivered to residents at Victoria Beach.
For further information on the submissions or the questionnaire visit the Victoria Beach Beacon.

Posted by: VBSPA | July 6, 2011

Government News Release

Manitoba News Release
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July 5, 2011
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION TO CONDUCT FULL, PUBLIC HEARINGS ON MANITOBA
HYDRO LAKE REGULATION: BLAIKIE

The Clean Environment Commission (CEC) will hold public hearings on Manitoba
Hydro’s Lake Winnipeg regulation final licence request, Conservation
Minister Bill Blaikie announced today.

Read More…

Posted by: VBSPA | July 6, 2011

Did you know…

State of Lake Winnipeg Report

On July 4, 2011 the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada released the State of Lake Winnipeg report. The report, led by Manitoba Water Stewardship and Environment Canada, is a collaborative effort by many researchers from government, universities, and non-governmental organizations and is the first comprehensive assessment of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of Lake Winnipeg since intensive lake monitoring began in late 1990s.

The State of Lake Winnipeg report serves as a reference to measure progress towards reducing nutrient loading, will help in the assessment of the overall health of the lake, and also provides key information to support current and future research on Lake Winnipeg. The report is available as both an extended technical report and a highlights report. We have attached the highlights report for your information. The full report can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/waterstewardship/water_quality/state_lk_winnipeg_report/index.html

VBSPA

Posted by: VBSPA | July 4, 2011

Did you know…

Did you know that the shorelines along Lake Winnipeg are riparian areas which environmentalists have described as the “kidneys” of the lake, as this is one of the ways that the lake cleans itself… part of the puzzle of how to clean up the lake is protection these riparian areas from development (see the Open Letter to the Government of Manitoba, http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~ggoldsb/openletter.pdf and the Manitoba Land Use Policy draft, Section 5/B/5 regarding riparian areas: http://www.gov.mb.ca/ia/plups/draft.html#_Toc220145176 )
Posted by: VBSPA | July 3, 2011

Did you know…

Did you know that … 

” the natural shoreline has four components, beginning underwater and extending upland (farther than you would think). Shoreline experts call these four components the littoral zone, the shoreline, the riparian zone, and the upland zone, and each plays a critical role in keeping your lake healthy. As important as these separate zones are however, it is vital to remember that the shoreline is a natural progression – each area transforms into the next in a gradual, almost seamless transition. Altering any portion of this region affects the whole, diminishing its ability to support life on the lake.”

– The Shoreline Primer, Prairies Edition – produced by the Government of Canada
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/regions/central/pub/shore-rivages-pr/04-eng.HTM

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association recommends and encourages everyone to become informed about erosion, shoreline management and beach preservation.
Please keep checking back to the VBSPA webpage. We will continue to post information and links.

We also recommend visiting the Preserving Victoria Beach web site. It provides  important and factual information on erosion and effects of structures such as revetments.

Posted by: VBSPA | June 30, 2011

Did you know…

Did you know that to maintain a healthy shoreline, the recommendation is “DO NOT replace the shoreline with a hardened surface like rip rap or breakwall”
– The Shoreline Primer, Prairies Edition – produced by the Government of Canada
http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/regions/central/pub/shore-rivages-pr/04-eng.HTM

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association recommends and encourages everyone to become informed about erosion, shoreline management and beach preservation.
Please keep checking back to the VBSPA webpage. We will continue to post information and links.

We also recommend visiting the Preserving Victoria Beach web site. It provides  important and factual information on the detrimental effects of revetments and shoreline structures on beaches.

The creation of the Victoria Beach Development Plan will continue this summer at Victoria Beach. The organizer hopes that this will be a positive and constructive endeavour for our beach. The open house will be on Saturday, September 3rd.  This is the Development Plan for which the Framework was created http://www.regionalplanning.ca/home/?page_id=135

www.regionalplanning.ca

“Victoria Beach has been rated as one of the top 10 freshwater beaches in the world and during engagements, residents identified the health of the beach environment as their priority issue. Erosion and algae blooms require significant attention. Because preservation and management of the natural environment are central to the identity of Victoria Beach, future land use and development decisions should minimize negative impacts on the environment and enhance the natural features of the municipality.” Page 17

“Structures along the water’s edge and the removal of vegetation tend to accelerate erosion – causing a loss of habitat, loss of land, and an increase in algae-causing nutrients in the water.” Page 41

“Manitoba’s Provincial Land Use Policies (PLUPs) recognize the sensitivity of riparian areas – the ecologically productive land by the water’s edge, that is prone to erosion. The province recommends restrictions to the use of this land, to minimize pollution and to limit developments to a 30 meter setback from the high water mark. It is also recommended that no more than 25% of the length of the water’s edge be developed, and that loss of vegetation be restored if possible. Victoria Beach will need to engage in a well-planned and coordinated effort to address erosion.” Page 41

Manitoba News Release

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June 2, 2011

PREMIER UNVEILS PLAN

TO SAVE LAKE WINNIPEG

The Government of Manitoba will take new action to protect the province’s

water and save Lake Winnipeg, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

“The stakes are too high and the time to take action is now,” said Selinger.

“Lake Winnipeg is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and it’s

in trouble.  We must take the steps necessary to preserve the lake and make

it safe for generations of Manitobans to enjoy.”

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Posted by: VBSPA | May 31, 2011

King Edward Stairs

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Posted by: VBSPA | May 24, 2011

Arthur Revetment May Long Weekend 2011

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Posted by: VBSPA | April 28, 2011

Victoria Beach

Victoria Beach is a small and unique community and peninsula found on Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, which has always valued its natural environment and beauty. Our community places a high value and importance on its beautiful beaches and lake. We believe that conservation of the natural environment is a number 1 concern of Victoria Beach citizens. Victoria Beach depends upon its beaches and the health of the lake to survive as a community. The protection of our beaches and shoreline properties is fundamental for the survival of our community as a whole. Through reading and research we keep coming back to this quote which is found in a community plan, “Recognizing the Past: Embracing the Future Development Plan Framework” , from the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach April 2010

“Victoria Beach has been rated as one of the top 10 freshwater beaches in the world and during engagements, residents identified the health of the beach environment as their priority issue. Erosion and algae blooms require significant attention. Because preservation and management of the natural environment are central to the identity of Victoria Beach, future land use and development decisions should minimize negative impacts on the environment and enhance the natural features of the municipality.” Page 16

There is no person in our group who does not empathize with the cottagers along Sunset who are facing the prospect of imminent erosion to their property. We believe that by combining input with expert knowledge of best practices, many options can be reviewed with a view to saving the beaches AND protecting property. A unified plan and policy needs to be put into place. A plan that considers the uniqueness of our entire community and all the stakeholders. There is a great concern that all the plans were not contiguous and will in turn negatively effect nearby properties. We are now faced with a remarkable opportunity to do this right, setting the example and setting precedent throughout Victoria Beach and the entire South Basin of Lake Winnipeg for other shoreline development. Take Action and Join Now!

Posted by: VBSPA | July 26, 2013

Feedback needed to save our beaches by August 6th

Members of the Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association were pleased to be able to be in attendance at the council meeting on July 23rd where 2 representatives from Baird Engineering spoke about their findings from extensive scientific studies that they had been done at Victoria Beach over the 2011-2013 years. Also, on July 24th members of the community were able to meet with these 2 experts at an Open House to discuss and ask questions.

Council and Baird are asking that community members provide immediate feedback in regards to priorities and options for the beaches and shorelines. Council has requested that this information be sent in no later than August 6th. It is important that we stand up and let them know how important our beaches and shoreline are and what our needs are at Victoria Beach for our beaches. A copy of the form can be found at the RMVB web page.(Listed below)
Comments can be sent to the Victoria Beach municipal office. You may also hand in your written comments to the information booth at the parking lot.

Please be reminded to provide your feedback and include within your feedback that all of the beaches are important and need to be maintained in perpetuity.

feedback can be sent to the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach in person; or
Via mail to: 303 – 960 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0R4
Via Information Booth in Victoria Beach
Via Fax: (204) 774-9834
Via email: vicbeach@mymts.net

For those that were unable to attend the meeting the presentation will be posted on the RMVB website (rmofvictoriabeach.ca)

It was excellent to hear first hand where the sand came from and how it moves, in our little corner of Lake Winnipeg. Information was taken from as far back as the 1940s using data collected as well as using aerial photographs of our shoreline. One of the most important findings of course was where does the sand come from for our beaches? The studies that Baird has completed have concluded that most of the sand for our beautiful beaches does in fact come from the banks, not from a long shore drift from Elk Island. These finding give us the proper direction we need to move forward with options to protect our beaches. Baird was also very clear that any revetment building on the beaches or blocking of the banks will in fact cause us at Victoria Beach to loose our beaches.

Baird Engineering has come up with options for each reach of our municipality to help both preserve our beaches and protect our shorelines for further erosion. Options included beach nourishment (sand replenishment) with the hope to find sand within the RMVB and to quarry it ourselves to cut the cost. The building of rock groynes along the beaches or underwater breakwaters along with the beach nourishment to hold in the sand and break wave action for the shoreline was also included in these plans. The beach nourishment, breakwaters and or groynes would provide adequate protection to shore front properties and would continue to give us the beaches that are desired and important to our community at Victoria Beach.

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association continues to advocate that all beaches at Victoria Beach should be protected in perpetuity.

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association believes that no revetments should be built on any beach at Victoria Beach as it is now a known fact that revetments will in fact cause the beaches to be lost.

The Victoria Beach Shoreline Protection Association continues to be committed to protecting and preserving the beaches and shorelines at Victoria Beach for future generations.

Feel free to pass on this information to other concerned Victoria Beach community members.

Posted by: VBSPA | July 24, 2013

July 24 th Open House for Shoreline Management

A very informative presentation was made at the council meeting this evening regarding shoreline by a representative from Baird Engineering. Pete Zuzek was back at Victoria Beach with some very interesting scientific findings and information about our beaches and shorelines. One of the important findings is that the sand we find on our beaches primarily comes from our banks. A variety of possible solutions was discussed. Pete Zuzek will be available at the senior scene from 10-3 July 23rd at an open house to discuss further, get more feedback and answer questions. Please make sure to come out. Feedback is required regarding the future shoreline plans as soon as possible.

The Annual General meeting for the Victoria Beach Cottage Owners Association will be held on Sunday, September 2nd at 2 PM at the Seniors Scene on Ateah Road. The Victoria Beach Cottage Owners Association is excited to see everyone out at the meeting.

Everyone is welcome to the meeting.

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