Saskatoon slopes

The picture perfect views along the riverbank are a stark contrast from the cracking and slumping occurring in Saskatoon's riverside neighbourhoods.

According to U of S hydrologist Cherie Westbrook, this is caused by the weakening and erosion of sand layers on top of the riverbed. More so, this type of sloping and slumping is inevitable along riverbanks.

"This is what happens to riverbanks," said Westbrook, who is also a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. "These areas were designated as areas we shouldn't be developing because things like urbanization only compound the problem."

She added that within the last 100 years, Saskatoon has had about 100 such slides—indicative of a larger problem.

See more at CBC Saskatoon.
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