Meridian Dam Study
Res #: 40-01M
Responses Received: No
WHEREAS, the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan have jointly funded the recently completed pre-feasibility study for the proposed Meridian Dam;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this assembled body of SARM delegates go on record as being in support of the next steps being taken by the two Provincial Governments, that being an environmental impact study and a feasibility study of the proposed Meridian Dam.
Response from Ron Osika, Minister Responsible for Sask Water:
Thank you for your resolution encouraging the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to undertake a feasibility study and an environmental impact study of the Meridian Dam proposal. As you are aware, the two governments are currently in the midst of a pre-feasibility study of the project. Our objective in taking this preliminary step was to avoid the significantly higher costs involved in those more detailed studies if the preliminary analysis were to indicate the merits of the concept do not justify the expenditures.
The decision on the next steps to be taken will be based on information provided by the feasibility study, as well as on a consideration of other water management, economic development and public spending alternatives. However, we can not lose sight of the fact that the proposed project would be built in Alberta. It would be impractical for Saskatchewan to consider undertaking the project on its own if Alberta were to decide against it.
On the other hand, should Alberta make a unilateral decision to proceed, Saskatchewan will take what steps are necessary to protect its interests. Again, thank you for your resolution. You may be sure that while the next steps are being considered, both governments recognize and appreciate the support the project has among local governments.