Manitoba has an abundant supply of surface water with many large lakes and thousands of smaller ones (chapter 2). However, much of the water is in the north or drains to the north where there is a sparse population. In the south dams and reservoirs have been constructed to conserve water in some areas, whereas in other places projects were designed to drain water from the land to make it suitable for cultivation. The province’s rivers offered enormous potential for hydroelectric power, much of which has now been exploited, starting with a small-scale project on the Little Saskatchewan River and progressing to large projects on the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Nelson rivers. Two thermal power stations at Brandon and Selkirk on the Assiniboine and Red rivers illustrate the need for an assurred water supply. Flooding has been a problem since the earliest days of the province, especially along the Assiniboine and Red rivers culminating in the 1997 “Flood of the Century” in the Red River Valley. Dams, diversions and ring dikes are used to divert the floodwaters to less critical areas.
The CBD of Morris is located along highway 75 11, (a busy transport route) particularly at the intersection with highway 23 12. It shows up as a lighter coloured area because of the presence of large buildings and the absence of trees. The town is laid out in a grid pattern harmonizing with the DLS system except a newer development in the south 13. In the southeast is a racetrack 14, the centrepiece of the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition. Held in July, it is the only professional rodeo in Manitoba and is part of the Canadian Rodeo Tour. To the west are a large grandstand 15 and several large buildings 16 that are probably exhibition halls. Note that the sewage lagoons 17 are outside the ring dike and therefore vulnerable to flooding.
Vertical colour air photo by Prairie Agri Photo
Flight height: lens focal length:
Scale: 1:10,100 (approx.)
Location: townships 4 and 5; Range 1 E
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62H Winnipeg
1:50,000 62H/6 Morris