Funding for Saskatchewan’s Watersheds

Res #: 45-16A
Number: 45
Year: 2016
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS funding for Saskatchewan’s watersheds has not increased since 2011; and

WHEREAS the watershed groups work with the majority of rural municipalities in the  province and deliver environmental programs to ratepayers; and

WHEREAS the watersheds use provincial funding to gain access to federal programs  and secure federal funding; and

WHEREAS the Government of Manitoba has recently announced an increase of  $150,000 per watershed;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to increase funding to the  watersheds so they may continue this valuable work and to enable them to be  developed as the primary resource for landowners seeking advice regarding the new  drainage regulations.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

June 7, 2016

The Water Security Agency continues to work with the Watershed Stewardship groups within the province. Having a regional presence that encompasses all stakeholders is very important to creating solutions to these complex issues. Several Watershed Stewardship groups are helping to implement drainage pilot projects under the new Agricultural Water Management Strategy, This beneficial working relationship between WSA and the Watershed Stewardship groups is continually being assessed as we move forward in meeting our water management mandate.

The Honourable Herb Cox – Minister of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment