Flowering Rush Survey and Eradication
The South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards (SSRWSI) received approval for 3 years of funding under the Habitat Stewardship Program through Fisheries and Oceans Canada to map occurrences and to start an eradication program for Flowering Rush, a prohibited aquatic invasive aquatic plant. For the past two years, Sask Energy has provided funding for this initiative, and partners from Meewasin Valley Authority, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment have provided invaluable in-kind support to conduct this survey and start plant removal.
Flowering Rush is an ornamental plant that may cause a significant environmental and societal impact after it has started spreading down the South Saskatchewan River.
Flowering Rush can:
- Impede distribution of irrigation water
- Reduce water availability
- Interfere with boat propellers and fishing equipment
- Create a habitat for snails that cause swimmers itch
- Impact biodiversity of wetlands
- Impact fish habitat
If you are interested to find out more about the impact of Flowering Rush, check out this YouTube Video which shows the Flowering Rush Invasion of the Colombia River System.