Water Cannon blasts 2,000 gallons per minute

LANGHAM, Sask. — Large-scale drainage of prairie sloughs and potholes can cause serious flooding issues downstream. Hydrologists concerned with soil moisture depletion say most remaining wetlands cannot be economically drained, nor should they be. However, a dozen or more shallow little nuisance ponds scattered across a half-section field affect not only seeding operations but also […] Read more

Water legislation passed in Sask.

The legislation to support Saskatchewan’s agricultural water management strategy has passed third reading in the legislature. Bill 44 was passed without amendment and paves the way for the creation of two advisory boards in place of the Water Appeal Board. One board will provide advice on policy development and the other will be a technical […] Read more

Conservation districts under-used

How are you using your local conservation district? 
Or let’s rephrase: are you using your conservation district? The Red River Basin is fortunate to have a great presence from our conservation districts throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. Conservation districts are local units of government required by law to carry out natural resource management programs. […] Read more

Alta. watershed programs lose gov’t funding

Watershed stewardship programs will not receive funds through an Alberta government grant program this year. The program has been running since 2006 and in that time had allocated $1.8 million for 127 community based watershed groups. However, the Land Stewardship Centre, which redistributes the provincial grant money to groups that apply, learned at the end […] Read more

Man. group eager to have farmer input on water drainage

WINKLER, Man. — Adam Wiebe took time off from his spring farming preparations to attend a day-long meeting about managed drainage. He left the meeting, which he had heard about only the day before, as a new board member for the Manitoba Agricultural Water Management Association. That’s exactly what association president Chris Unrau was hoping […] Read more

Water drainage change promised

New regulations | Respondents said agency should step up enforcement and issue penalties

WHITEWOOD, Sask. — Only 500 people participated in Saskatchewan’s online consultations on agricultural drainage, far below the 1,500 farmers officials had hoped to hear from. However, the findings from that forum and follow-up meetings are being compiled into a final report, and Doug Johnson, acting executive director of integrated water services with the Water Security […] Read more

Wetland drainage ads spark discussion

Change starts with dialogue. Talking about the issues that are important to our environment, our families and our future is the best, and only, way to find solutions. Ducks Unlimited Canada’s provincial advertising campaign, Drainage Hurts, has generated much dialogue, which we hope will lead to positive changes in the way we manage Sask-atchewan’s landscape. […] Read more