The Municipality of Rhineland is embarking on a surface water drainage study, with the goal of creating a new plan for the area. Reeve Don Wiebe says the effort sprang out of a lunch and learn a few weeks ago with Dr. Henry Venema, C.E.O. and Senior Engineer at Strategic Systems Engineering based in Winnipeg.

"There are several low areas in our municipality prone to flooding from extreme weather events like last year," explained Wiebe. "For example, last year a farmer lost about sixty, seventy acres of edible beans after a five inch rain, because water could not drain from his area quickly enough. This represents a significant financial loss. There are a few other areas, but that's just one example."

Dr. Venema suggested the collection of LIDAR data for the municipality would be a great next step.

"And we can use this to define retention areas, and also then we can use it to redesign the network of ditches to hold more water," said Wiebe.

Wiebe says council has engaged with the Pembina Valley Watershed District, asking for support for a study, as well as applying for a Manitoba Building Municipality Capacity grant to help pay for a drainage plan study.