By Marianne Curtis
Over the summer months, residents along the Seine River may see a kayak serenely traveling along its length as part of a project that will document the entire length of the river.
On June 1, the Seine-Rat River Conservation District (SRRCD) launched two projects.
The first, was that funding for riparian enhancement activities such as exclusion fencing, off-site watering and will planning for bank stabilization. A total of $75,000 has been earmarked for this project, with funding coming from the Manitoba Water Stewardship, Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund and SRRCD.
The second portion of the project will be a video and data inventory of the river that will be collected mile per mile, along the great lengths of the Seine River. From the confines of a kayak, data and video tape footage will be collected, then analyzed. Portions of the footage will be finally used in a documentary that will end up in classrooms for education purposes.
Cornie Goertzen, chairman for SRRCD expects that the project will go a long way in helping the conservation district determine ways of improving and cleaning up the Seine River, from it’s start in Marchand, to the outlet at the floodway.
“These projects are expected to greatly improve the quality of water in the Seine River,” stated Goertzen. “This is the biggest project undertaken by the conservation district to date.”
Christine Melnick, Minister of Water Stewardship was on hand for the official launch.
“This is a fine example of what happens when people act on what they want to do,” praised Melnick. “A lot will be learned from this project and it is a step to helping us understand water throughout the province.”
The video footage is being collected and compiled by Granger Media Group. The finished product will be a 26 minute educational film targeting grades 7 and 8. It will explore the history of the Seine River, human impacts, current rehabilitation efforts and a variety of ecosystems. It will be completed in November and shown in various schools with the possibility of airing on network television.
Catherine Gerardy, from the Seine-Rat River Conservation District will be spending several weeks paddling along the Seine River gathering information and video footage that will be used to determine actions needed to clean up the river .