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A site to keep everyone updated on what's happening in the Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed, and what your Stewards are up to!

Looking for Producers currently on the West Side of our Watershed to Participate in Water Quality Modeling in the Qu'Appelle Valley

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:47 AM by Alice Davis   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

Watersheds within the Qu'Appelle river system including WUQWTR, have partnered with the Global Institute of Water Security (University of Saskatchewan) to organize a workshop for producers on March 9 in Lumsden from 10 am to 4 pm at the Legion Hall.  The purpose of this workshop is to gather the opinions and values of cattle and grain producers on water quality and policies on water quality within the Qu'Appelle system.  You are invited to join the workshop as a participant.  If you would like to participate, please contact Colleen Fennig at 306-946-6533 to register by March 6th.  Lunch will be provided and mileage stipend up to 150 km.  Your voice and concerns are important and we'd like to hear from you.  




2017 LQWS School Poster Contest - Grades 5,6 &7 - Theme- Water Conservation

posted Feb 9, 2017, 12:35 PM by Alice Davis   [ updated Mar 1, 2017, 6:18 AM ]


Workshop - February 7, 2017 - Lipton

posted Jan 11, 2017, 2:07 PM by Alice Davis   [ updated Jan 16, 2017, 12:13 PM ]


Livestock Wintering Site Selection

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:14 AM by Alice Davis


December Workshop

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:01 AM by Alice Davis   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 10:01 AM ]


Why Wetland Restoration is Important

posted Jun 8, 2016, 1:35 PM by Alice Davis

Drainage for agriculture purposes is the main reason for wetland loss in Saskatchewan.  Fewer wetlands mean farmers have more land for producing crops and less obstacles in their fields creating a large economic incentive for drainage.  But drainage also has its downsides.  

In the Lower Qu’Appelle River Watershed we have six beautiful lakes and the Qu’Appelle River that winds through from one end to the other!  While a significant portion of our watershed land base is dedicated to agriculture production, we have industry, beautiful rolling hills and land that is untouched by humans.  Restoring wetlands is an important part of protecting the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed. Wetlands are among the most fertile and productive ecosystems on earth.  They can provide a variety of services like protecting water quality, flood control, and wildlife habitat.  Wetlands are an important part of the water cycle and contribute to storing and controlling surface water and to recharging and discharging groundwater.   In times of flooding, wetlands slow water flows, reducing flooding.  Wetlands store this water, releasing it during dry periods or times of droughts.  

Wetlands today are disappearing at a rate of 10,000 acres a year across Saskatchewan.  Let’s do our part to protect and enhance our wetlands right here in our own backyard.  It is difficult to put a price tag on the value of the natural environment, however, in the Lower Qu’Appelle watershed everyone realizes the value of good quality water supply. Loss of wetlands impacts the health of our lakes, streams, rivers, land, and wildlife.  It is important to realize the future of restoring a wetland for future generations? 

 Lower Qu’Appelle has programs to assist landowners to restore previously drained wetlands.  Why not give us a call at 306-745-9774 and let see if we can improve our lost wetlands together for a healthier future! 

                      

                                                       

Decommissioning Water Wells, The Right Choice

posted Jun 2, 2016, 8:47 AM by Alice Davis   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 9:00 AM ]

By Shawna Green, Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Technical

Many farms have old wells that are no longer in use, they may have been dug many years ago and are no longer functioning or providing the water needed to sustain agricultural needs. If these wells are not being properly maintained, risk of contamination from the surface to the aquifer underground increases. Surface water and contaminates have direct access through these wells allowing a potential contamination source.  Without maintenance there is an increased risk of the casing becoming weak and caving in.  This instability could cause the surrounding ground to sink or collapse creating a safety concern for the landowner; as people, animals and equipment have been know to fall into old wells. Therefore it is extremely important to take the time to decommission these wells and do it properly.

Decommissioning a well can be an easy and a cost effective way to not only make the area safe, but to also protect the water supply.  The aquifer that wells are tapped into are often the main water source for household and on farm use.  Often it is the same aquifer other producers in the area use.  Treatment to a contaminated water source can be costly to the landowner and in some cases, potentially affecting the property value.

To decommission a well properly a seal is created using bentonite to eliminate the risk of contamination.  Bentonite is a low permeable and swelling compound that creates a barrier or seal within the well.  It is important to determine the type of well you have, a small diameter ­ drilled well or a large diameter ­ bored well.  A Large diameter bored well can often be decommissioned by following the recommendations from Water Security Agency (/http://www.wsask.ca).  Small diameter well drilled well needs to be decommissioned by a qualified contractor with specialized equipment.  Proper decommissioning also secures the ground around the well to leave the area safe.

Well decommissioning through the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) has funding available to qualifying producers.  A properly decommissioned well, is rebated back to the producer at 90%*.  Decommissioning your abandoned water well protects your water supply, keeps your family safe and reduces your liability, it is the right choice.

To find out more information on decommissioning and available funding contact the Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Inc. Agri­ Environmental Group Plan Technicians, Shawna Green at 306-­434­-8690 or Bonnie Mandziak at 306-­795­-7279.

 *some conditions apply to be eligible for funding

 Photo’s Courtesy of Bonnie Mandziak                                                      

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District of Katepw - Love Your Lake

posted Mar 24, 2016, 8:03 AM by Alice Davis   [ updated May 31, 2016, 9:39 AM ]

Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Inc. (LQWS) is excited to partner with Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation to assess the health of Lake Katepwa shorelines as part of the Love Your Lake program.

Love Your Lake is a packaged shoreline assessment and educational stewardship program designed to provide shoreline property owners and lake associations with suggestions of voluntary actions they can take to help improve the health of their shoreline and lake.

Starting on June 1 you will likely see our trained summer student Taylor assessing properties on your lake by boat. When you see Taylor and the Volunteer boat driver give them a wave and a thumbs up! 

Taylor is an Environmental Engineer student at the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology!  She currently resides in the City of Regina but will be staying out at Katepwa while assessing the properties. 

I am very proud to be able to deliver this project and the sewage survey project with the District of Katepwa.  Bringing these projects to the area requires a great deal of community involvement, we have already started to see the involvement by the volunteer boat drivers and those that have graciously opened their cottages for Taylor to reside in while she is working in the area.  

Once Taylor has completed the visual shoreline assessments, she will input the data to create a report for each shoreline assessment.   This will take some time and we anticipate that by this fall, you will be able to order your personalized shoreline property report online as either a free pdf that will be emailed to you or as a bound hardcopy for $20.00 that will be mailed to you.  This personalized report will include a photo and information about the state of your shoreline as well as helpful tips and voluntary actions you can take to maintain and improve the health of Katepwa Lake.

There will be more exciting announcements to come in the next few weeks!  We will keep you updated!

LoveYourLake.ca is full of great information including a self-assessment guide, action tips and checklists, and useful resources with ideas about how you can naturalize your shoreline.

For more information about the Love Your Lake program, please visit LoveYourLake.ca or contact myself at Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Inc. at 306-745-9774 or 306-531-9466. 

To the residents of Lake Katepwa, you should be so proud that you have taken the steps to improve Lake Stewardship practices in doing your part in keeping Katepwa Lake healthy for today’s generation and future generations to come! 

I look forward to seeing you again this summer!

Alice Davis, LQWS Manager

Saving our Wetlands

posted Nov 17, 2015, 11:53 AM by Alice Davis   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 7:10 AM ]


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