I am pleased to present the Water Security Agency's (WSA) Plan for 2021-22.
Government Direction and Budget 2021-22 is focused on protecting Saskatchewan people through the remainder of the pandemic, building the infrastructure that a strong economy needs, and growing Saskatchewan to help ensure a strong economic recovery.
WSA continues to play a key role in realizing many of the critical initiatives within both the Saskatchewan Growth Plan and our climate plan, Prairie Resilience.
The Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Expansion Projects supports both initiatives – ensuring our province is adapting to climate change by adding long-term food security through irrigation expansion. We anticipate seeing strong progress in 2021 with Regina-based Clifton Associates chosen to lead engineering work on the first two phases. This is an important step towards realizing the irrigation potential of Lake Diefenbaker.
WSA continues to work diligently at ensuring it is a responsible regulator, prioritizing safety and environmental responsibility while acting as a reasonable facilitator of economic growth. With many significant projects and initiatives, WSA is focused on strengthening its service delivery for its clients by creating streamlined processes and improving responsiveness, accuracy, consistency and speed in handling client requests. This client centered approach will help drive responsible economic growth while protecting the quality of life for our citizens and the environmental well-being of our province.
Our Growth Plan recognizes the importance of supporting our agricultural industry, which is a focal point of the Agricultural Water Management Strategy (the Strategy). In 2020, WSA began working with producers to undertake demonstration projects to further show how the Strategy can best reflect not only local concerns, but also local opportunities. These multi-year projects will show how producers can get drainage approvals while supporting farm profitability and environmental sustainability.
We continue to see other important projects take shape, including flood plain mapping for communities at risk, creating a provincial drought response strategy and building more community resiliency to manage extreme weather incidents, investing in our 72 dams and conveyance channels, and ensuring safe drinking water for all of our residents.
The Water Security Agency will report on progress towards the targets laid out in this plan, within the financial parameters provided, in the 2021-22 Annual Report.
Honourable Fred Bradshaw
Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
2021-22 Water Security Agency Plan
2020-21 Water Security Agency Plan
2019-20 Water Security Agency Plan
2018-19 Water Security Agency Plan
2017-18 Water Security Agency Plan
2016-17 Water Security Agency Plan
2015-16 Water Security Agency Plan
2014-15 Water Security Agency Plan
2013-14 Water Security Agency Plan
2012-13 Water Security Agency Plan (Formerly known as the Watershed Authority)