© Carter Haydu
Temporary dike and water pump clear water from the damaged CPR Dam, so as to allow repairs to the local infrastructure.
The CPR dam replacement has hit a brick wall.
In order for a dam replacement to take place in Wakamow Valley, the City of Moose Jaw needs to obtain land control of all possible affected properties in accordance with federal law. To get land control, the city needs approval of 100 per cent of the 20 residents upstream of the dam site to sign off land control to their properties.
But after a meeting Wednesday night between the city engineering department and the landowners, shoreline resident Rick Klein said the city doesn’t want to give residents any say in how the dam operates.
“As long as the city’s operating the dam and we don’t have any say in policy, there’s just nobody who’s going to sign it,” said Klein on Thursday, adding that he can’t speak for everyone. “We all want a new dam. We all want proper water levels, but we want to properly control it and have policies in place that protect the valley, protect the existing dam and the one new one they’re going to build so it doesn’t get damaged.”
Klein said he was quite surprised by how the meeting turned out. Unless there is a change and the city decides to give the affected residents a say, he said no one will agree to it. Even if only one person does not agree to it, the city cannot build a new dam.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.