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Nutrient Watch: Testing the Waters Together

For immediate release: September 4, 2020, Saskatchewan –   Saskatchewan water users are becoming more concerned about the quality of the water they use. We use water for many purposes, including drinking water, livestock watering, irrigation of crops, watering gardens, and recreation. Recently, there has been a growing concern about increasing levels of nutrients such

Phosphorus Testing Results 2019

We are back out to sample water for Phosphorus in creeks that flow into the South Saskatchewan River as part of a two-year project funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Samples were collected weekly throughout May and will now be done once a month until freeze up. Phosphorus is a nutrient that supports plants

Canada’s Water Myth and Source Water Protection

Overall, Canada may be considered a freshwater-rich country: on an average annual basis, Canadian rivers discharge close to 9% of the world’s renewable water supply, while Canada has less than 1% of the world’s population. While 20% of fresh water in all of the world’s lakes is in Canadian lakes, only 6.5% of the world’s

SK Aquatic Invasive Species Week 2020

Aquatic Invasive Species Canada According to the DFO Many aquatic invasive species are already established in Canada, including: European green crab Vase tunicate zebra and quagga mussels Others threaten invading, like the Asian carps. After habitat loss, aquatic invasive species are the second biggest threat to diversity in our planet’s ecosystems. Aquatic invasive species impact

World Migratory Bird Day 2020

Every second Saturday in May, we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in Canada and the US. This special day was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre. Every year a specific conservation theme leads the celebrations and awareness campaigns. In 2020, the theme is “Birds Connect Our World” to highlight the

SSRWSI received funding for a microplastic study

Microplastics are small plastic particles that are generally derived from the breakdown of larger plastic debris. In addition, microplastics include tiny plastic beads used for sandblasting and as micro scrubbers in body wash and beauty products. Microplastic debris has the ability to negatively impact fish populations through increased mortality, decreased fecundity, and adverse behavioral changes.

“Starting Good Relationships” Gathering 2020

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) secured funding to provide training for watershed staff. The theme of this workshop was “Starting Good Relationships” and was held on February 5 and 6, 2020 at the First Nations University in Regina. Converging Pathways Consulting, led by Chris McKee and Kallie Wood, guided us through this workshop. Converging Pathways

Phosphorus Testing in Lakes and Rivers Flowing into the Saskatchewan River

In 2019 a collaboration of watershed stewardship groups including South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards (SSRWSI), Carrot River Valley Watershed Association, North Sask River Basin Council and Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards received funding to gather baseline phosphorus data for waterways that flow into the South Saskatchewan River system. The undesirable effects of increased phosphorus in

SSRWSI Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to the SSRWSI Wetlands & Wildlife Local Poster Contest Winners! First place and winner of $100 was Preston O’Neill   Second place and winner of $50 was Cam Snow   Third place and winner of $25 was Liam O’Neill   Thank you to all who entered!

Decommission Abandoned Water Wells

There are numerous reasons to decommission abandoned water wells on your property including the protection of groundwater resources and the safety of your family. Decommissioning a well properly seals off the well to prevent contaminants from entering the water supply. Funding is available through the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) for producers to