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

Wetland / Waste Land – A Conservation of Change Documentary

Since European settlement, 40-70% of wetlands in the North American Prairies have been lost. Small farms and towns are also disappearing from the prairies. The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has lost nearly 75% of its farms and 50% of its rural population since 1940. In “Wetland / Waste Land”, anthropologist Philip Loring and filmmaker Donald

Poster Contest for Grades 5-7

ATTENTION TEACHERS! SSRWSI is hosting a local poster contest for Grades 5-7, with the theme of “Wetlands & Wildlife”. Entry Deadline is December 31, 2019. The top three winners will be announced in January 2020. The 1st place winner of the local contest will be entered into a Provincial Poster Contest with the Saskatchewan Association

South Sask River Watershed Stewards Board Member Receives Recognition

Congratulations to Ben Buhler (center) who was recognized for his years of service to the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds at the recent AGM in Moosomin. Ben also received a 2018 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal at a ceremony in Regina. Ben has been a board member for the South Sask River Watershed Stewards since it’s inception in