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Old Posted Aug 26, 2019, 9:12 PM
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Saskatoon's weir has outlived its usefulness and should be removed

Hydropower proposal proved inefficient

by Paul Van Pul · for CBC SK Opinion · Posted: Aug 25, 2019 5:00 AM CT | Last Updated: August 25

The Saskatoon weir — in technical terms an "overflow dam" — was built in 1939 as a make-work project despite the fact that the Great Depression was pretty much over.

That makes this concrete wall 80 years old — and that age is showing.

When the dam was built, it was outside the built-up area of Saskatoon.

These days the weir has no particular use anymore, aside from being a silt trap. The day is coming that it is better just to tear it down.


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