Water Security Agency working closely with the United States Officials

March 22, 2013 -- As part of this spring’s run-off surveillance and planning, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, Ken Cheveldayoff discussed preparations with North Dakota Governor Dalrymple this week.  

“I wanted to follow up on the Governor’s visit with Premier Wall last year and ensure the lines of communications were open and that we are reviewing planning and preparations to reduce risk of flooding for both jurisdictions together,” Cheveldayoff said.

Also participating in the call were Mayor Curt Zimbelman of Minot, representatives from United States Senator John Hoeven’s Office, officials from the Water Security Agency, the United States National Weather Service, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Dakota State Water Commission.

Representatives of the International Souris River Board advised that Water Security Agency had released water from Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs to provide storage for the spring runoff.  Water levels required for the reservoirs under the agreement between Canada and the United States have been achieved.  The board representatives also indicated they are anticipating a one in 10 runoff event in 2013. 

Minister Cheveldayoff advised Governor Dalrymple that Saskatchewan was continuing to release water from Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs and, depending on ice conditions, will look at opportunities to further increase storage in the reservoirs before the runoff starts.

“It was a very positive meeting,” said Minister Cheveldayoff.  “We agreed that appropriate preparations are being made and we are in good shape as we prepare for the snow to melt.”

The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan.  It will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan.  This new agency brings together, for the first time, all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity. 


For more information, contact:

Patrick Boyle
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306-694-8914
Email: Patrick.Boyle@wsask.ca
Cell: 306-631-6997