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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta !.F rHBRIDGE HERALD-Monday, August i'hree rivers project would entail construction of dam, huge lake By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Building the proposed Three Rivers dam would be a major un- dertaking including creation of a 15- mile long lake The most advanced plans for the dam were drafted by federal engineers at the request of the Alberta government in the 1960's included a cost estimate of million which climbed to million by 1972 and would now probably top million. The PFRA engineers chose the Three Rivers site north of Pincher Creek irom several possibilities. They rejected a location to the northwest called the Livingstone Gap Site "Initial subsurface investigations at the Gap site indicated undesirable foundation conditions As a result. alternative sites were investigated and the Three Rivers site appeared to offer the best potential and was selected for preliminary study." they reported. The Alberta government is now carrying out its own evaluation. The Gap site may be back in the running as the technology of dam-building has progressed since the federal engineers did their work. Should the province eventually settle on the Three Rivers site for a major dam on the Oldman River, here is what the engineers said it would involve: would be located on the Oldman a short distance below its confluence with the Crowsnest and Castle rivers. main earth dam would be 1.- 400 feet long and reach a maximum height of 235 feet, an additional leet ol earth dike would be required, up to 135.000 cubic feet of water per second could pass its spillway and nearly 6 million cubic yards of earth would have to be moved to construct it. dam would create a lake 15 miles long. lake i would cover 5.800 acres, or more than nine square miles, would contain acre- iei't ot water; would be almost a mile wide at points; and would reach ;i depth of 215 feet. Creation of the take would require buying or relocating about 30 farmsteads It would be necessary to purchase all of the flooded acres, including about acres of cultivated land and pasture. About acres would require clearing. Five road bridges would have to be raised or replaced. A "con- siderable" amount of work would be required to ensure the safety of a long concrete bridge on Highway 3 over the Castle River. But by far the major expenditure oi the estimated million in reser- voir costs would be million to replace a steel railway trestle cross- ing over the Castle River with a rock embankment. Most costs cited in the study, including land and construction, have increased considerably since the study was conducted. DE L'AUTRE COTE "HJ MUR PAROLES ET DART PAR LES Prison Arts Foundation Reservoir lack may reach crisis here Southern Alberta irrigation district managers say lack of water storage will reach crisis proportions in only a tew years without a major im- poundment on the Oldman River. "From the viewpoint of some farmers, the despera- tion point has says secretary the Alberta Projects Rick Ross, treasurer of Irrigation Association. He manages the Lethbndge Northern Irrigation District, which has said it will grant no more permanent rights to water until more storage facilities are built With only one reservoir for emergencies, Keho Lake north of Lethbridge, the dis- trict will be one of the major beneficiaries of an impound- ment on the Oldman. "That storage will benefit Fort Macleod, Monarch, Lethbridge, Barons, Nobleford, Picture Butte, Iron Springs. Shaughnessy, Dia- mond City, Turin, Taber, all the towns Mr. Ross says. His comment foreshadows some major battles in the future as country and town vie for ever more precious water supplies. "They were almost in trou- ble last a federal of- ficial says. "If there is another hot year and low water, they could be in real trouble." "Hell, we'll think nothing of spending million on a little. stretch of highway but when it City Scene See Page 13 In urging the government to speed its consideration of an impoundment, he adds; "It is now a serious situation and it is going to reach crisis propor- tions in a lew years. We think it's time this was speeded up. There is water going down the tube that could be conserved." An official in the depart- ment ot environment in Lethbridge agrees with the need to move on an im- poundment. "If the irrigation districts took all they were allowed, it would be a pretty sick he says. This official wants any im- poundment reserved largely for low flow augmentation. That would ease sewage con- tamination problems for com- munities all along the river. comes to water, that would be considered a major catastrophe." complains Jake Thiessen. manager ol the St. Mary River Irrigation District. "The SMRID is the lifeline for all of Southern Alberta towns south of the Oldman River. Every town along Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat receives water from our system it's pretty damned important to have an assured water supply I don't think the government is giving it enough attention in terms of its importance." He says the district will have to curtail its operations next year but has plans for future impoundments. Proposed damsite The locations of proposed damsites on the Oldman River are shown above. "Critical" need for dam questioned by official Dam also proposed near Bow Island One man who should know is not convinced that a major impoundment on the Oldman River is as critical as irriga- tion farmers make out He is Jay Purnell, director of irrigation for the provincial department of agriculture. It is his job to help farmers make better use of the water that is available If farmers and irrigation FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIOGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. HOOVER POT LUCK SLOW FAST MULTI COOKER 5 quart capacity. Roasts, bakes, slow cooks. Thermostat control. Reg. 54.95 SPECIAL 45 88 Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN districts would improve their efficiency, he says the need for a major impoundment could be delayed several years. "Many are efficient users now, but many more im- provements could be Mr. Purnell says. "We are offering services to assist farmers to improve their irrigation systems." His office is also providing information for the environ- ment department's studies of an impoundment. "But we have got to look at both ends the supply end and the use end Overall system ef- ficiencies, including those of the farmers, are much lower than they should he says. Dugouts, better levelling of land, re-use of water and metering are all elements that irrigationists must consider, he says. "It's earier for the farmer to say, 'Let's build a million dam, 'than to manage his own water beter and that's exactly what he says. As the province ponders creation of an expansive lake at the fool of the Rockies, anotner lake is being proposed further to the southeast. The St. Mary River Irriga- tion District is looking at a six mile lake up to 100 feet deep in Forty Mile Coulee, south of Bow Island. It has already commission- ed an engineering study which puts the cost of the lake at million. The concept is enthusiastically supported by Jake Thiessen, manager of the irrigation district. He says it would not only enable the district to expand in the Bow Island Medicine Hat area but also offers much potential for recreation in an otherwise lake poor region of the province. The engineering study, com- pleted last November, also includes a lower level reser- voir, which would require pumping installations, at to million But it lists several advan- tages to the more expensive scheme: It would permit elimina- tion of the Forty Mile Coulee siphon, which will likely re- quire replacement in 10 to 20 years. Considerable recreation and wildlife benefits could be anticipated with development of the acre foot storage complex and it might also provide water for towns in the Foremost area. Milk prices examined The Alberta Public Utilities Board has yet to receive a brief from the dairy industry on establishment of a system that will allow fluctuations of milk prices according to changes in production costs. Fred Trofanenko of Edmonton, a member of the board, told The Herald in a telephone interview today he would like to see all briefs prior to the board hearing in Red Deer Aug. 26 and 27, but all views on the subject will be heard, he promised. The economics branch of the Alberta department of agriculture has oeen studying a type of formula pricing for milk for some time, he said. This was part of the March board hearing. During the spring session of the Alberta legislature. Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner suggested more attention be paid to a system of milk pricing that would allow price changes according to production cost changes when needed. The present system calls for a complete hearing of the board with both producers and processors compiling briefs about production costs with a final decision made by the board following presen- tation of evidence. Mr Trofanenko said the Red Deer hearing will explore for- mula pricing but the board wants to hear all other aspects of calculating producer prices. Bureau hears complaints An experiment by the Calgary Better Business Bureau to gather complaints against businesses and distribute consumer education leaflets in Lethbridge has been an unofficial success, Walter Mathews, a bureau representative said Saturday. He was in Lethbridge Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a mobile information office to hear complaints and give informa- tion to people in Lethbridge. More than 40 complaints were heard by BBB Personnel dur- ing the three days the unit was in Lethbridge at two major shopping centres. The bureau is a consumer education operation that is owned by member business firms. It helps people with advice before a person purchases goods, and investigates complaints and frauds. "We are trying the mobile unit on an experimental basis because we feel there is a need for this type of service outside the major Mr. Mathews said. The results of the experiment will be taken back to the bureau's board of directors and they will decide whether to con- tinue the service on a regular basis. Most of the Lethbridge .complaints centred on the high cost or poor service in television repairs, dental bills and investments, he said. From behind closed doors Behind closed walls and cells, art becomes an open doorway to mind and spirit. Lee Brocklesby, 522 12th St. B N., gazes at a Prison Arts 74 collection which was displayed Saturday at Centre Village Mall. The paintings were done by inmates of Canada's adult correctional institutions, sponsored by the Prison Arts Foundation, Brantford, Ont. The collection has been on tour across Canada since June 24 and ends Oct. 29. Public hearings set for tonight Two public hearings, one on a proposal to close 4th Street S. at 6th Avenue and the other on a proposal changing the zoning of a triangle of land at 3rd Avenue and 32nd Street S will open city council's meeting tonight at 8 The closure of 4th Street to through traffic at 6th Avenue is made necessary by the 6th Avenue bridge interchange be- ing constructed at Scenic Drive A centre median on 6th Avenue will block through traffic at 4th Street. Following the hearing, which is to give anyone affected by the change a chance to be heard, council will give second and third readings to the closure bylaw. The city also wants to change the zoning from public reserve to industrial oi a 3- acre lot of land at 3rd Avenue and 32nd Street S. It was apparently designated public reserve years ago to be primarily used lor parkland, but the city now feels it could be better sold and used for industrial pur- poses Csurka kids win gardening contest Bus passes to expire The city "blue" bus passes for senior citizens expire Aug. 31 and new ones may be picked up at the Information Lethbridge office in the Yates Centre. The passes are issued to persons who are 65 or older and have lived in the city one year or more, those 60 or older with a medical treatment card, people registered with the CNIB in Calgary; a department of veteran affairs recipient or a senior citizen lodge resident. PENNER'S PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 Certified Dentil Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2122 Accident and explosion cause injuries; lost in robbery A Lethbridge man is hospitalized in satisfactory condition today after he was injured Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a car at 13 St. and 6 Ave. N. Bill Mezei, 1102 19 St. N., received a broken thigh bone and ankle in the accident which involved a car driven by Gwen Vaselenak of 1043 16 St. S. Damage was estimated at Kathy Allen, of Anaheim Calif., was slightly injured Satur- day when an explosion occured at Moore Esso, 3 Ave. and Mayor Magrath Drive, as her husband was having the propane bottle refilled on their motor home. Police said an attendent was filling the bottle but a pilot light on the Allen's stove was still on, contributing to the ex- plosion. There was no estimate of damage. Mrs. Allen was treated for minor burns and released. A break-in at Yamaha Sales and Cycle Sunday evening netted thieves about Police said today the thieves entered the building by break- ing a back window and crawling through. The thieves ransacked tho office and took about in change. Footprints were found on the floor of the shop and police are investigating. Two wrecks injure five Two three-vehicle accidents near Pincher Creek Sunday caused about damage and five minor injuries Pincher Creek RCMP said today. The first accident occured two miles east of Cowley about a.m. Involved were drivers Keith Becker of British Colum- bia, Daniel Jensen of Lundbreck and John Kasper, B.C. Mr. Jensen received a broken ankle in the accident and damage was estimated at police said. The other weekend accident, about seven miles east of Brocket, injured four and caused about damage. Drivers Terry Wowk of Saskatchewan and Gordon Macpherson of B.C. were injured as were Macpherson vehicle passengers Dan Howe and Ken Macpherson. The other driver involved, Alice LeGrandeur of Lethbridge, was not injured. Journalism workshop set How to organize information, write news reports and produce club newsletters will be discussed in a three-session writing workshop series to be held at Women's Place, 605 10th St. S., Monday, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. The first session which begins at p.m. will focus on the preparation of simple news items. The Aug. 19 session will deal with newsletters and at Aug. 26 session participants will put their knowledge to use by preparing a complete issue of Up, the Women's Place newsletter. New PA system installed A public address system is being installed in the Coaldale and district sportsplex arena. Tho system was donated by Smith's Color TV and Appliances in Coaldale in memory of Herman Smith who died earlier this year. A brother-sister team took first and second place in the Lethbndge and District Horticulture Society junior vegetable garden competition Thursday. John Csurka, 532 20th St N., won first place and his sister. Elizabeth, was award- ed second place in the com- petition in which more than 20 young gardeners entered the event for those younger than 16 years. The two gardens were called by judge Jim Archibald, 2510 15th Ave. S. Third place in the vegetable competition went to Lorri-Jean Enns, of Sun- nyside. Local youths in the com- petition had to grow eight different vegetables, including corn, tomatoes and carrots. The vegetables were planted the week of May 10 and were judged on quality. variety, cleanliness and arrangement. Also judged Thursday were the junior flower garden entries tor those under 16- years-old. First place in the flower garden event went to Linda Poch. 1706 14th Ave. N se- cond was Kelly Henderson. 1208 Lakewood Road, and third. Robert Christie, 1026 24th St N MIKE Extra wear For Every Pair 371 -7th Street South ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S. 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