Waterways Program

Save Our Seine is working with the Louis Riel School Division to deliver a hands-on education program related to water. To learn more about how you can participate in Waterways, start by viewing this short video produced by Harry Bell at the LRSD.

Getting Started in the LRSD Waterways Program

Save Our Seine is happy to share its expertise regarding the Seine River and will support Waterways in any or all of the following ways.

  • Teacher training and support
  • Classroom presentations about the Seine River and its wildlife (warm-ups)
  • Assistance with guided walks along the river trails with your class
  • Assistance with delivery of in-class components (water quality testing, invertebrate identification)
  • Assistance with field trips to the Seine River (our extra volunteers can help with river activities)
  • Follow-up with your class after the field trip (summarizing and interpreting the data that was collected, assistance with data entry to share results with others)

We look forward to working with you and your class to increase awareness of the value of neighbourhood Waterways.

Update on Riel Community Committee Public Hearing on June 26, 2014

Thank you to everyone for their concern and to those who wrote letters to their Councillors and attended the Public Hearing. This did make a difference.

The Riel Community Committee approved the Precinct K development plan on June 26, 2014 with a few amendments. The minutes of the meeting are available on the City Clerk’s website at http://winnipeg.ca/clkdmis/DocSearch.asp?CommitteeType=RC&DocumentType=M

To accommodate the Seine River areas a motion was passed to recommend a secondary  plan that would extend along the Seine River from Ward Avenue to the floodway and overlay the Precinct K plan. This motion will go forward to City Council for approval, likely  Wednesday July 16.

We hope this secondary plan is approved and will be able to protect the Seine River area. As this plan will not be fleshed out until Council approves it and then directs city staff to move on it, is not clear yet what it will look like. It will provide an opportunity for SOS to work directly with the City and hopefully a serious long term plan for a conservation area and a connecting pathway from Bishop Grandin and Bois des Esprit to the floodway.

Time will tell what this plan is able to achieve. Progress will have to be monitored as previous plans have gone unheeded.

Thank you for your interest and please continue to support the preservation and enhancement of greenspace and natural areas along the Seine River.

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Thanks to two Bois-des-esprits “forest guardians” for building and installing two new wood duck nest boxes along the Seine River. These volunteers also removed three old plastic nest boxes that had deteriorated in the sun. The new nest boxes have a hinged side to make it easy to clean out the old nest in the late fall and add a fresh 5-inch layer of wood shavings.

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How Much Green Space Is Enough?

Everyone agrees that green spaces enrich our lives. We all want to live and work close to a park or green space. Unfortunately, we don’t always agree on the definition of green space or how it should be used. Seniors may enjoy a patch of lawn with a flower garden, tree, and bench where they can sit in the sun or shade. Parents want sports fields and playgrounds for their kids. Cyclists and walkers prefer greenways that allow them to move safely around their neighbourhoods and the city. Apartment-dwellers may want a garden plot to grow their own vegetables. Dog owners crave places to exercise their dogs. Home buyers often want to live beside green spaces that will extend the look and feel of their own yards. Nature-lovers crave wild spaces – a forest, prairie, or wetland where they can experience serenity and the sights and sounds of wildlife without leaving the city.

Can these different needs be met to everyone’s satisfaction inside Winnipeg? We will see as the planning for Precinct K progresses. Precinct K lies south of Island Lakes and Royalwood. It is bounded by Lagimodiere (east), the Perimeter (south), and the Seine River (west). Planning for the development of this 547-acre parcel of land is in full swing. One issue that could be decided as early as April 7th relates to the amount and type of green space Precinct K will retain and where it will be located.

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Winnipeg requires at least 10% of the land proposed for development to be conveyed to the city for public purposes other than streets. Will the minimum amount of land dedication be enough to meet the diverse green space needs of the community without sacrificing the naturally and culturally significant lands along the Seine River? Or, should the amount be larger? Consider for a moment that the Bois-des-esprits Forest in Royalwood is 78 acres in size. Preserving this hidden gem required significantly more land than the minimum 10% land dedication. Will the plan for Precinct K call for the preservation of high-quality forest along the river plus enough upland for a public trail that links to the Bois-des-esprits? Will the plan enhance the Seine River Greenway as linear park of regional significance for the SE quadrant of the city? Time will tell.

The public forum on April 2 that was mentioned in the article in The Lance has been postponed. If you would like to be notified of the new date and details once they have been confirmed, please contact saveourseine@gmail.com.