2022 Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program

This year, trees will be sold in bundles of 10’s when ordering.  Each bundle of 10 costs $50.00.  If you purchase 26 bundles or greater you will receive a 30% discount at the time of ordering.  Tree sales are non-refundable and sales are final!   Ordering will be online from February 15, 2022 until May 1,

Water Contamination Threats – How Can Water Quality Be Protected?

In 2021 we were lucky enough to have Master of Water Security students work with us. For one project, a document was developed outlining main water contaminants in the South Saskatchewan River, and the identification of possible sources of that contamination. In the Canadian Prairies, the South Saskatchewan River (SSR) is highly utilized. The river

Life Under Ice

Have you ever wondered what happens under the ice in the winter? What allows life to continue under multiple feet of ice? It’s an interesting cycle in our lakes that allows fish to sustain themselves and aquatic life to continue. This is due to our lake temperatures varying throughout the year through processes of stratification

The South Saskatchewan River in Winter

The South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA) has written a really interesting article about the South Saskatchewan River in the winter and allowed us to share their summary on our website: “It’s almost winter, and the South Saskatchewan River is well into the seasonal changes shared by cold-region rivers worldwide. River ice is an essential

Identifying Grassland Fragmentation to improve Habitat for Species at Risk

This project will identify cultivated land that could be seeded to native grass to improve habitat for species at risk. At the end of this project a Conservation Plan will be drafted with actions to increase native grassland acres to create more habitat for species at risk. Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards (SCCWS) applied for

Protecting Our Source Water Is Important – Know Your Recycling Options

Proper disposal of waste products is important to protect our source water. Threats to our source waters include sewage systems, road salts, pesticides, fuel, and livestock grazing. Source water is any untreated water found in rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers which is used for the supply of raw water for municipal water treatment systems for human

Watershed Wonders

Watershed Wonders is a series of three loanable educational kits, designed to teach children about everything watershed-related. These kits were developed for students between the ages 6-13+. However, any age can use and enjoy these wonderful activities! These kits can be found with us in Saskatoon and with the Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards (Swift

Monitoring Saskatchewan Lakes for Invasive Mussels 2021

Each summer, Watershed Stewardship Groups around Saskatchewan monitor numerous lakes for invasive Zebra and Quagga mussels. We collect water samples with fine-mesh tow nets. The water is filtered, preserved, and sent to a lab to test for any presence of veligers (baby mussels). This year, we utilized eDNA analysis at a few lakes for the

Saskatchewan Tree for Life 2021

This spring and summer, our watershed stewardship group, along with 7 others in the province, and with the support of the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), piloted the Saskatchewan Tree for Life Program.  The program is a climate change initiative that helps encourage planting trees and shrubs for

Rethinking the lawn

Do you have a front lawn that gets dry and brown in this hot, sunny weather? Are you constantly watering to keep your grass healthy? Because the species in most typical grass seeds are non-drought tolerant and non-native, they require a lot more upkeep to keep them healthy. There are many benefits to having nice