The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSA) has announced over $90,000 in funding to the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards to help implement the Lower Qu’Appelle River Watershed Plan. The plan is the 11th strategy to protect source water in Saskatchewan, and it includes 65 directives aimed to accomplish eight goals. Areas of focus are drinking water safety, water quality and quantity, industry practices, upland water management, wastewater management, solid waste management, and plan implementation.

The Qu’Appelle River. Photo: Jordan

“The Qu’Appelle River Basin is an area that is critical to our continued growth as a province,” said Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency Ken Cheveldayoff. “I am very pleased to announce completion of the Lower Qu-Appelle River Watershed Plan as part of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. Source water protection plans let us work with our partners to ensure our water is secure now and into the future.”

The Lower Qu’Appelle River Watershed is part of the important Qu’Appelle River Basin, located in Saskatchewan’s southeast. It includes six large lakes–Pasqua, Echo, Mission, Katepwa, Crooked, and Round–in addition to the Qu’Appelle River.

“The Lower Qu’Appelle River watershed is vital to the province because of the variety of stakeholders and many interests involved,” said Don Jensen, interim chair of the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards.

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