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Chapter 16: Water Resources

16.60: The Central Part of the Red River Plain

The photo shows part of the excessively flat Red River Plain through which the Red River 1 meanders northwards passing east of St. Jean Baptiste 2 and Morris 3. Two abandoned channels can be seen east of Morris 4. Much of the drainage to the Red River from the west has been channelized. Furthest south the Plum River 5, which enters the Red 6 below St. Jean Baptiste, is joined by the straightened Deadhorse Creek 7. To the north, Kronsgart Drain is channelized in the west 8 and eventually wanders into the Red 9. Furthest north, the Morris River 10 is joined by Shannon Creek that is channelized in the west 11.

Morris is located at the intersection of north/south trending PTH 75 12 and east/west PTH 23 13. In the south PTH 75 bypasses St. Jean 14. The CN railway line follows the river 15 passing through both Morris 16 and St. Jean 17, whereas the CP line 18 passes through Morris 19 and then leads off to the southwest 20. A ring dike 21 has been built around Morris to protect it from flooding.

The long lot system of land division is practised along the Red resulting in long narrow fields 22, whereas the DLS system with its characteristic square sections is practised east 23 and west 24 of the riverbank zone. Although it has no topographic representation, it should be noted that the principal meridian of the DLS system 25 runs through this area.

Figure 16.60: The Central Part of the Red River Plain

Figure 16.60: The Central Part of the Red River Plain

Figure 16.60

Vertical air photograph: A21744-31

Flight height: 22,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 88.611 mm

Scale: 1:82,300 (approx.)

Date: July 25, 1970

Location: Township 3, 4 and 5; Range 1W and 1 and 2E

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62H Winnipeg

                    1:50,000 62H/6 Morris