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Chapter 16: Water Resources

16.24: Channelized Stream Near Laurier

Many of the small creeks draining off the east face of Riding Mountain have been straightened or extended to link up with rivers draining to Dauphin Lake in an effort to reduce the flood risk in the area. Shown here is part of the channel of Scott Creek 1 that flows from Riding Mountain (off the photo to the southwest) to Turtle River (off the photo to the northeast) which in turn flows to Dauphin Lake. When the photo was taken, the southwestern part of the straight channel 2 contained no water, the gravel in the channel bottom producing a light tone. PTH 5 3 runs north/south crossing Scott Creek in the northeast 4. Drainage ditches on both sides 5, necessitating numerous small bridges to gain access to the fields 6, parallel the road. The CN railway line 7 cuts across the southwest corner of the photo crossing Scott Creek on a bridge 8.

This area was covered by the waters of glacial Lake Agassiz that has left behind a thin layer of sediment through which the northwest/southeast lineations of the underlying Jurassic rock can be seen 9. Slightly different lineations near the centre of the photo 10 are probably relics of Lake Agassiz strandlines. Note also in the northwest of the photo a field that is partly cut; the dark-toned centre 11 contrasts with the light-toned swath on the outside 12. Careful examination reveals the swathing machine located in the northwest corner 13.

Figure 16.24: Channelized Stream Near Laurier

Figure 16.24: Channelized Stream Near Laurier

Figure 16.24

Vertical air photograph: A25800-180

Flight height: 9,700 feet; lens focal length: 152.034 mm

Scale 1:17,600 (approx.)

Date: July 5, 1981

Location: Township 21 and 22; Range 15WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62J Neepawa

                    1:125,000 MCR 207 Riding Mountain National Park

                    1:50,000 62J/13 Laurier