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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!