Res #: 5-23A
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
WHEREAS the Government of Saskatchewan states in its Growth Plan, “a plan to build a stronger Saskatchewan by growing the agricultural economy; growing the oil, gas, and natural resource economy; building stronger communities by investing in infrastructure.”
WHEREAS the province and municipalities have huge infrastructure deficits.
WHEREAS municipalities that are constructing roads and decreasing their infrastructure deficits are paying large amounts of money to meet the requirements set out in the Environmental Assessment Act, Environmental Management Protection Act, 2010 and Aquatic Habitat Protection Permits.
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to eliminate overregulation around small water bodies and ensure that environmental requirements are consistent across the province.
Responses From: Saskatchewan Minister of Environment
June 20, 2023
The Water Security Agency (WSA), under the purview of the ministry of highways continues to evaluate the Aquatic Habitat Protection Program to identify opportunities to improve program delivery, reduce red tape and clarify expectations around environmental risks and outcomes. Municipalities are encouraged to provide feedback or outline overregulation concerns. WSA can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866- 727-5420.
The Honourable Dana Skoropad – Minister of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan