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The province is looking at six options to add more capacity to the already existing Fairford River Water Control Structure.

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The province is looking at six options to add more capacity to the already existing Fairford River Water Control Structure.

The public will get its first explanation of six options for a new outlet for Lake Manitoba at an open house in Ashern on Sept. 18.

The three-hour open house starts at 5 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The province said in a bulletin that it will present the preliminary results of its Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Conceptual Design Study and take public feedback.

Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton has said the province is looking at six options to add more capacity to the already existing Fairford River Water Control Structure to allow more water to flow out of Lake Manitoba in high water years and into Lake St. Martin.

At the same time, the province would also build a permanent outlet from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg.

Ashton has said the Lake Manitoba outlet would not become operational until the Lake St. Martin channel was built.

The Selinger government has faced criticism following this summer’s flood that it has been too slow to build the Lake Manitoba outlet in the wake of flooding in 2011.

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