Pulling the plug

FTLComm - Regina - Monday, October 20, 2003 Images by: R. W. Shire
Regina has begun the daunting project of dredging Wascana lake. The work began this morning as they pulled the plug and began the process of emptying the shallow manmade lake in the middle of the provincial capital.

Through the decades since this lake was dug the lake bottom has been steadily rising with the addition of silt and plant matter that has accumulated. About two decades ago the weed growth was regularly harvested but in the last five years the biomass has risen to such an extent that the lake truly stinks.

The water will be soon gone from the lake, once the winter sets in and the bottom freezes when heavy equipment will begin the excavation removing up to eighteen feet which will be moved East of the ring road to form a hill.

Mr. Shire was on hand this morning and captured these images of the draining process. In most cases he has a long shot combined the same shot as a telephoto. To see the full size ten inch wide image click on the small image below.


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