Testing for Phosphorus in Lakes and Rivers

Testing for Phosphorus in Lakes and Rivers Flowing into the South Saskatchewan River

This project is a collaboration of the watershed stewardship groups; South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, Carrot River Valley Watershed Association, North Sask River Basin Council and Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards.

The goal of this project is to gather baseline phosphorus data to increase public knowledge and engagement on water quality and help inform future projects. The undesirable effects of increased phosphorus in water systems include; decreased biodiversity, a decline in ecologically sensitive species, an increase in invasive species, increased biomass, increased turbidity, anoxic conditions which cause increased growth of algae (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment).

In the South Saskatchewan River watershed volunteers sampled the Opimihaw, Fish & Beaver Creeks monthly from July through October 2019. In 2020 we will start at first thaw, sample weekly during peak flow, and continue monthly through October!

The Lake Winnipeg Basin is nearly 1,000,000 kmĀ² in size and is home to more than 7 million people. The Lake Winnipeg Basin is an important freshwater resource and the heart giving life to lakes and rivers from Manitoba to Alberta, Ontario, and the United States.