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Tertiary project granted licence

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 07/30/2018 11:45 AM

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Though provincial delays threatened federal funding earlier this year, the pieces are now falling into place for the RM of La Broquerie’s $4 million lagoon expansion project.

At a meeting last week, council heard the new tertiary cell project had secured an environmental licence from Manitoba Sustainable Development.

The licence, dated July 6, was initially expected to arrive in April, but archaeological concerns stalled the project while a $28,000 soil assessment was completed along the banks of the Seine River.

With regulatory hurdles behind them, council awarded a $2.8 million earthmoving contract to Ste Agathe-based H. Baudry Construction Ltd.

Council previously gave a $560,000 design and administration contract to Winnipeg-based engineering firm WSP.

Reeve Lewis Weiss said construction will commence immediately, and was confident crews will finish this year, though the planting of nutrient-absorbing bulrushes and cattails may wait until next spring.

The new 115-acre aerated wetland treatment cell, located south of the La Verendrye Golf Course, is intended to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus levels in wastewater discharged into the Seine River.

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