Reminder: Open House on Lake access and Boat Launch/Marina Group is on Thursday, January 28th @ 7:30pm

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we have organized a “virtual” open house on Thursday, January 28th at 7:30pm.

The two topics of discussion are:

1)the need for safe access to the Lake for the RCMP rescue boat, as well as recreation; and

2) the Portage and District Boat Launch Group(PDBLG) plans for the boat launch and marina.

We are organizing the Open House and inviting political representatives from the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government to attend so we can discuss the issue and see about a permanent resolution.

The Boat Launch Group will also be providing an update on their activities, plans, funding and timeline in regards to relocating the Boat Launch and the building of a small marina.

We welcome any interested DBA members to attend. The event will be COVID-19 friendly, and hosted on Zoom.  Please note we are restricted to 100 attendees so we are using Eventbrite to manage the “tickets”

If you are interested in attending, and are a member of the DBA, you can register by clicking on the link below:

Once you have registered, a link and password will be sent to you a day before the event begins to the email you provide in your Eventbrite registration. (Note: If you do not register, or do not provide an email, we will not be able to send you a logon to the zoom session).

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Winter DBA Update

Hi Everyone,

As the snow falls, the Lake has started to build its crust of ice, its hard to believe that we’re almost through 2020. Trusting everyone is safe and healthy. What an interesting time we are living through.

Your DBA has been busy since the July AGM, and as many of us are “locked up” wanted to provide you with an update on the things that have been happening!

Strategic Plan Survey: We were very happy to see so many people answer the survey. The Executive has been reviewing the responses, and are now preparing our 3-5 year plan.

New Executive Members: Laird Cole was elected at the AGM, and joined the DBA Executive in July to represent the East Beach, replacing Kim Espey. We’d like to thank Kim for her service to the DBA, especially around her help with kids activities at the annual BBQ. Daryl Check resigned in August, and we are pleased to announce Melanie Moran has replaced Daryl as our West Beach representative. We’d like to thank Daryl for his hard work on organizing the records of the DBA, getting our accounting in order, and driving the whole process around the new constitution.

New Executive Officers: We’ve created two new officer roles for the DBA, a Secretary and a Treasurer , replacing the formerly combined Secretary/Treasurer role. Excited to announce Doug Ross is our new Secretary, and Eric Olson our new Treasurer. We also developed “job descriptions” for each of these roles.

Operating Plan for the year: For the 2nd year in a row, we’ve developed an operating plan to help organize and drive our activities towards the longer term Vision and Guiding Principles we shared in our Strategic Plan Survey. Our plans for this year include:

  1. Establishing the Trails and Recreation Facilities Committee – Led by Doug Ross, we’ve worked on the terms of reference and Doug will be organizing the first meeting soon, Ideas for this year include show snow trails and the redevelopment of the Tennis Court area(see below);
  2. Establishing the Social Committee – Led by Melanie Moran and Kelly Tomalin, we’ve developed the terms of reference and a first meeting will be held soon. Ideas for this year include some organized sports, Sunset photo contest, events for kids and more activities for all of us to enjoy.
  3. Waste and Recycling Temporary Committee – As many of you know we’ve been challenged to find a permanent home for our waste and recycling. To find a solution, Eric Olson has agreed to chair a group to work with the RM to find a solution before the Spring;
  4. Electronic Records – We’re modernizing the DBA, and all minutes, committee records, financial records will now be stored “on line” so they can easily be accessed by the Executive and future generations;
  5. Tennis Court Redevelopment – We’ve submitted a funding request to redevelop the old tennis court and playground area. If the funding is successful, we hope to have a multi-purpose court area for the kids and adults to enjoy. We’re also looking to clean-up the fencing, remove the old equipment, and possibly install some more facilities so everyone can enjoy the area. Stay tuned – as we’ll be looking for help!
  6. Supporting the Boat Marina and Boat Launch – Our strategic planning survey showed strong support for this project, and we’ve been working with the group and the RM to help bring this project to reality. Stay tuned for updates.
  7. Community Centre – The strategic plan survey showed strong interest in creating a location where people can gather for sports, meetings, interpretative events, and more. We’ll be looking to put together ideas for this in the Spring.
  8. Encouraging Food and/or Store options at Delta – We’re going to be talking to vendors to see about trying to get a food truck and possibly more out at Delta for this summer;
  9. Continue to build relationships with the RM, the Province, Delta Waterfowl, the UofM and the greater community – we’re going continue to work with other levels of government and organizations to keep our strong relationships and continue building our community of which we can all be proud.
  10. More Info on what we’re doing – we’re going to start publishing the approved DBA Executive minutes so everyone has better insight into work we’re doing on their behalf. Hopefully this will be helpful for everyone and continue to provide better insight and transparency into what we’re doing.
  11. Mailing Address – We’ve actually got our own mailing address now! Thanks to our new secretary, Doug Ross, the DBA now has it’s own mailbox! You can find our mailing address on the website!
  12. Monthly Meetings – In August of 2019, we started the practise of regular monthly meetings in order to help get more improvements done for all of us to enjoy. This year’s executive is just as enthusiastic as last years, and I’m happy to report that we’re continuing to build on last years momentum!

Special Thanks: There are many people who help make Delta what it is, and we’d like to thank a few of them.

Rick Henderson: A special shout out to Rick Henderson for all the things he does to help out at Delta. From keeping the Welcome sign flower box looking beautiful, to walking out in the boat channel to mark depth, and even running the snowplow in the winter, Rick is truly part of the “heart” of Delta. Thanks Rick for all you do.

Alan Owens: Alan has been working hard to keep the public campground looking beautiful and also trimming the road allowance all summer long. Thanks Alan for working all summer long to keep our community looking great!

Kelly Tomalin: The guy who keeps our sanitation running year-round is Kelly Tomalin.  Not an easy job, and come rain or snow, when the bin is full, you’ll see Kelly running down with his truck to grab our waste and run it to the RM dump for all of us. Thanks Kelly!

Well, that’s the update for now. All the best for the season, and stay safe,

Scott

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Reminder: Your input to Delta’s Strategic Planning Survey – deadline for input is this Friday

One more thing to put on your “to do” list for this week is to fill out our strategic planning survey.

Where would you like your DBA to focus in future? More trails? A community Centre? Activities for kids? What’s missing from life before the flood?

In order to properly prepare our plan, we need your input. Below is a link to a survey tool that we are using to help us gather your ideas and suggestions. The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete.

Please encourage each of your family members to participate as well. We need to build a plan that is relevant to each generation – young and old.

To begin the survey click the link here:

https://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/8fVgB2

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Waste and Recycling Committee

The DBA has established a Waste and Recycling Committee the Terms of Reference are attached.


The committee members are Eric Olson Chair, Kelly Tomalin and Scott Greenlay.


The Committee is currently searching for a new location for our Waste and Recycling transit site.


We are working cooperatively with the RM of Portage to find a new location.

The criteria the committee has used to evaluate the new location is as follows:
• The location that does not affect any DBA members enjoyment of their properties.
• Development cost of the new site.
• Ongoing maintenance of new location.
• Year round access to the site.
Using this criteria we have evaluated several sites with the RM and will have a final decision before spring.

Eric Olson, Chair, Waste and Recycling Committee

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Membership Update: Lake access, the Boat Launch Group joins the DBA, and an Open House

Hi all,

Hard to believe in a few months the ice will be melting and our thoughts will be turning to summer.

As you may recall from our 2020 AGM, two major topics of discussion were: 1)the need for safe access to the Lake for the RCMP rescue boat, as well as recreation; and 2) the Portage and District Boat Launch Group(PDBLG) plans for the boat launch and marina.

I am writing to you to provide an update and to invite members to attend a meeting on January 28th @ 7:30pm

First, to the issue of safety and maintaining access for water rescue. We are organizing the Open House and inviting political representatives from the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government to attend so we can discuss the issue and see about a permanent resolution.

Second, at that meeting, the Boat Launch Group will also be providing an update on their activities, plans, funding and timeline in regards to relocating the Boat Launch and the building of a small marina.

You may be wondering why we are discussing both at one meeting. The two are related. There is no point relocating the Boat Launch if the issue of access to the Lake isn’t addressed. We are also worried about a loss of life happening if the issue of boat access isn’t addressed.

Third, I am very happy to advise that the PDBLG has become part of the DBA. As you can appreciate it’s much more efficient for all of us if we have the DBA and PDBLG approaching development at Delta in a coordinated manner.  As part of the DBA’s ongoing efforts to have good governance and transparency, we developed a set of terms of reference for the committee, and are included as a PDF below. We are hopeful that with the PDBLG joining the DBA as a committee, it will also help with communication and coordination with all of us who live and play at Delta.

Lastly, in terms of the Open House, in addition to the politicians and members of the Boat Launch group, we would also welcome any interested DBA members to attend. The event will be COVID-19 friendly, and hosted on Zoom.  Please note we are restricted to 100 attendees so we are using Eventbrite to manage the “tickets”

If you are interested in attending, and are a member of the DBA, you can register by clicking on the link below:

Once you have registered, a link and password will be sent to you a day before the event begins to the email you provide in your Eventbrite registration. (Note: If you do not register, or do not provide an email, we will not be able to send you a logon to the zoom session).

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Wishing you the best for 2021

From all of us with the DBA, wishing you and yours the very best for a safe and healthy 2021.

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Delta Nature News December 2020

WHY REINDEER?

By Doug Ross

“On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen.  On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen!”

This the cry that is said to echo through the frosty clear air each Christmas Eve as Santa guides his team of reindeer to each and every rooftop throughout the world.

Did you ever stop to ask, “Why Reindeer? Why not horses, or oxen, or yaks, or sled dogs?”  You might say its because these reindeer can fly.  That’s true, but probably Santa decided to have reindeer pull his sleigh first, and then gave them the magic power of flight to help speed up the long Christmas Eve journey.  Why then did Santa choose reindeer?  I have thought carefully about this question, have done some research on reindeer, and here are my findings…

Santa Clause lives at the North Pole, a very cold and inhospitable place. In fact, much of the far north is cold and a very difficult place to live. Horses and oxen could not find enough food to live there, and they would probably freeze during the cold winter days or nights. Reindeer, though, have always lived in the frigid north, and because of that they are well adapted to the snow and cold. And that is exactly the kind of sleigh puller that Santa required.

Reindeer have short compact bodies covered with long thick hair. The hair is hollow giving the animals extra insulation and warmth. Their compact bodies help to hold in the heat as there is less surface area exposed to the cold.

The reindeer’s ears are short, broad and well furred.  This keeps them closer to the body with less surface area exposed to the cold air.  Imagine how cold a donkey’s long, short haired ears would get if donkeys were to live in the arctic.  The reindeer also has a short furry tail.  Generally, long thin tails with short hair are found in warmer climates.  For winter warmth, most often short and furry is best.  The nose or muzzle of the reindeer is blunt and is also well furred so they don’t freeze.

During the winter the reindeer must constantly walk on the snow.  In order to keep their feet from freezing, they grow extra long hooves, their foot pads shrink, and tufts of hair grow thickly to protect those foot pads.  Not only is the cold a challenge, but the animals might sink into the snow while walking.  To aid them in walking on the snow, the reindeer’s elongated hooves act like snowshoes.

The barren north lands do not have a lot of vegetation, so what do reindeer eat? The answer is mainly lichen…a low greyish green type of vegetation that is combination of an algae and fungi.  Often called “reindeer moss”, not many other animals other than reindeer can survive on it.  Reindeer are also able to find nourishment in willow and birch twigs, or dried grasses.

As you can see the reindeer is perfectly suited to Santa’s northern home.  Santa has a very strong “sled puller” that can get enough food from the land, and is able to stay warm even in the coldest arctic weather.

 Are there reindeer in Canada other than Santa’s herd? Reindeer are from northern Europe and Asia.  They have been domesticated in places such as Finland where they are used for food, clothing, and for travel.  In northern Canada ((even in northern Manitoba), we have a very close “cousin” called the caribou.  Although caribou have never been domesticated, they are basically the same animal as a reindeer, and they too have provided food and clothing for many of Canada’s northern people for generations.

 So now when you hear the tap of the reindeer’s hooves on your roof top, you will know why they are perfectly suited as Santa’s Christmas helpers.

Caribou, like this one from Churchill, Manitoba have the same scientific name (Rangifer tarandus) as Reindeer. This one was eating (called browsing) on willow twigs. Yummy

Some other “Nature Nuggets” about caribou and reindeer:

  • Both male and female grow antlers.  In most other deer species, only males have antlers.  These antlers fall off and regrow each year.  The male loose their antlers in November, while the females keep theirs until after their young are born in May.
  • Reindeer and caribou have very specialized hairy noses.  The nose warms the cold outside air before it reaches their lungs.
  • Caribou and reindeer have an excellent sense of smell helping them to find food under the snow, or to avoid enemies.
  • Caribou in Canada’s north have been known to travel in herds of thousands of animals as they move to find food.
  • A caribou head is the animal seen on a Canadian quarter for years.  It is a tribute to how important caribou are to the people of Canada’s North.
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New Recycling Procedure – Please “Bag” your Recycling prior to placing in Recycling Trailer

Hi Everyone,

We’re changing the way we handle our recyclables moving forward.

We’re having real problems with items blowing out of the recycling trailer and causing litter and debris to be deposit all around the Delta Waterfowl property, as well as properties all along Cherry Road.

Effective immediately, we are asking that all recycling be bagged in clear plastic bags prior to being placed in the recycling trailer.

Thanks so much for your cooperation

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Boat Marina – Latest Design Drawings

Hi everyone, we’re very excited to share the latest drawings for the Boat Marina. These were shared by Rick Henderson and show the current concept drawings for the Marina.

A PDF of the above drawings can be downloaded and viewed by clicking below:

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RM and Far East Beach Subdivision Update

Portage Online ran an article today interviewing RM of Portage la Prairie Deputy Reeve Garth Asham on the Far East Beach Subdivision.

You can read more by clicking on the link located here: https://portageonline.com/local/rm-talks-delta-beach-subdivision-progress

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