WINNIPEG — A five-year contract to prevent ice-jams in Manitoba has been awarded to Winnipeg Environmental Remediations Incorporated.
“Manitobans are smart shoppers and they expect their government to do the same,” said Ron Schuler, infrastructure minister, in a press release. “Open and transparent tendering processes allow us to go to the open market so we can benefit from competitive and sustainable pricing while maintaining the quality of services that Manitobans expect and deserve.”
The company provides comprehensive environmental services, general contracting and civil earthworks to a variety of industries in both the private and public sectors throughout Canada and the United States.
The province began its ice-jam mitigation program in 2006 to reduce the risk of flooding caused by ice-jams on the lower Red River and several other rivers by cutting and breaking ice each spring.
Crews do this with remote-controlled ice-cutting units and three Amphibex icebreakers that slice and break approximately 28 kilometres of ice on the Red River from Selkirk to Netley Marsh for an approximate width of 100 metres.
Ice-jams are also broken up on the Icelandic River at Riverton and at the outlet of the Portage Diversion.