I am pleased to present the Water Security Agency’s Plan for 2017-18.
The 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan sets out the Government’s agenda to ensure water supplies will support economic growth, quality of life, and environmental well-being, now and into the future. Since this plan’s release in 2012, the Water Security Agency has made significant progress implementing it and will continue to focus on delivering on the goals established in the plan and providing exceptional service to citizens.
In 2016-17, the Water Security Agency began implementation of the new Agricultural Water Management Strategy with a pilot project in southeast Saskatchewan. This pilot project led to an historic drainage approval that created a responsibly managed drainage network for more than 18,000 acres, with the support of 73 landowners. In 2017-18 the Water Security Agency will work with hundreds of other landowners on 12 additional organized drainage projects totaling more than 160,000 acres. In 2016-17, the Agency also established an office in Wadena to work closely with producers in the Quill Lakes areas to identify options for drainage, and will continue to work towards bringing all drainage works in the priority areas into compliance and ensuring any new drainage is approved.
In 2017-18, the Water Security Agency will invest $14.1 million as part of a nine year, $100 million project to rehabilitate the M1 Canal. When complete, this project will increase water delivery by 52 per cent, supplying five towns, six reservoirs, three potash mines, four water pipelines and 13 wetlands.
Infrastructure renewal continues to be a major focus in 2017-18. The Water Security Agency will invest $14.6 million in several water management structures across the province to ensure dam safety, reliability and capacity to deliver water supplies supporting Saskatchewan’s growth. That investment includes an ongoing major project ($700,000 this year) to increase water conveyance from Lake Diefenbaker to Buffalo Pound Lake, a key water source for this area of Saskatchewan. By restoring and stabilizing the Upper Qu’Appelle Channel water transmission will increase by over 200 percent (from less than three cubic metres per second to more than ten). Buffalo Pound Lake provides water for Moose Jaw, Regina, area industry, and supplements water to the lakes of the Qu’Appelle Valley.
The federal government transferred ownership and maintenance of 20 dams to the Water Security Agency in 2016-17. The Water Security Agency is now responsible for 69 dams, including six major dams: Gardiner, Qu’Appelle River, Rafferty, Duncairn, Lafleche and Alameda Dams.
With a growing population our government is ensuring the safety of drinking water supplies that are critical to protecting public health. The Water Security Agency will continue to promote and ensure safe drinking water for Saskatchewan residents through inspections, monitoring, reporting, education and compliance for all regulated works in Saskatchewan.
The Water Security Agency will report on plan achievements, within the financial parameters provided, in the 2017-18 Annual Report.
Honourable Scott Moe,
Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency
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).