Premier Scott Moe has announced $2 million over two years in funding to expand channel clearing for rural municipalities across Saskatchewan.

“As we work through economic recovery, investments in our communities will help build our future,” said Premier Scott Moe. “Increased funding for water management in rural communities will not only help protect essential infrastructure but also help our producers grow Saskatchewan’s economy.”

The Water Security Agency originally budgeted $600,000 over two years for channel clearing. This increase in funding will enable the program to grow to $500,000 for the 2020-21 fiscal year. In 2021-22, funding will increase again to $1.5 million for a total investment of $2 million over two years.  This is an additional $1.4 million over two years to support rural municipalities with channel clearing activities.

Channel clearing involves removing beaver dams, debris, trees and shrubs, and the removal of silt and blow dirt from and along natural channels. This will lessen the possibilities of blockages that can cause flooding and damage to infrastructure.

Obstructed creeks and channels cause flooding and erosion problems for many rural municipalities and local landowners.  This program supports rural municipalities in the removal of these obstructions.

“Our members welcome the news of this timely additional support for a needed program, especially as we enter the spring season,” said Ray Orb, president of SARM. “Our communities are concerned not only about proactively dealing with situations like flooding, but also practicing good water management that protects our ratepayers investments.”

Clearing dense vegetation can also reduce unwanted nutrients from water bodies and is an essential component of any long-term water management plan.

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