Water Security Agency
July 3, 2024

Water Security Agency Announces Return of Channel Clearing and Drainage Project Maintenance Funding

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is pleased to bring back support to help rural landowners, communities and local governments complete channel clearing and drainage project maintenance in Saskatchewan.

“Being able to provide long-term benefits for producers, communities and local governments not only supports those partners, but serves the province as a whole,” Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency David Marit said. “Preserving unobstructed waterways and proactively managing potential flooding and erosion concerns play a critical role in safeguarding residents of Saskatchewan.”

Up to $1 million is available as part of a cost share rebate for individual landowners, rural and small urban municipalities, conservation, and development area authorities (C&Ds) and watershed associations. As a proactive flood mitigation measure, individual landowners and small urban municipalities (population under 5,000) are eligible for funding as part of this program.  

WSA will provide a 50 per cent rebate of the eligible costs for activities carried out during the 2024-25 program year. Activities can include removing silt, beaver dams and debris, such as trees, brush and deadfall, to lessen the possibilities of blockages that can cause flooding to roadways and agricultural land, on both approved drainage projects and natural channels. Small urban municipalities are eligible for natural channel clearing projects.

For rural and small urban municipalities, Conservation & Development Area Authorities (C&Ds) and Watersheds Association Boards, the maximum allowable rebate per applicant is $99,500. For individual landowners, the maximum allowable rebate per applicant is $50,000.

The deadline to apply for the rebate is January 31, 2025.

For more information on the program and how to apply please visit


For Media Inquiries, contact:
Sean Osmar
Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw
Phone: 306.630.4643