A Cree word kab-tep-was means "the river that calls." A legend tells of a Cree man who was paddling his canoe on the way to his wedding. He heard his name called out. It was the voice of his bride who was still many days travel away. He answered, "Who calls?" A spirit echoed, "Who calls?" He then hurried home only to find out that his bride had died. The last words she spoke were his name. The French settlers who came to Saskatchewan named the river Qu’Appelle, meaning "who calls?"



Abandoned unused wells that aren’t properly protected or decommissioned are a hazard to humans, animals and ground water.

Lower Qu’Appelle Watersheds is offering large bored well decommissioning in your area for a cost of $500 per well.

Don’t delay and get your abandoned or unused large bored well decommissioned today!

Call us for details! 306-745-9774

Source Water Protection - Rapid Risk Assessment

A high-quality source of water with a sufficient capacity is necessary for all communities. Communities will struggle to access enough quality water to meet their needs. For many communities, their water requirements will only increase in coming years.

Source water protection planning is an essential activity which will allow communities to plan actions to ensure that enough quality water is available for all communities to meet their current and future needs.

LQWS has undertaken a Rapid Risk Assessment of 39 communities within our watershed. They include:

Abernethy Fenwood Lemberg Whitewood

Balcarres Fort Qu'Appelle Lestock Wolseley

Bangor Gerald Lipton Yarbo

Bredenbury Goodeve Markinch

Broadview Grayson Neudorf

Cupar Grenfell Punnichy

Dubuc Hubbard Qu'Appelle

Dysart Indian Head Quinton

Earl Grey Ituna Sintaluta

Edenwold Kelliher Southey

Edgeley Killaly Stockholm

Esterhazy Lebret Tantallon

Rapid Risk Assessments were undertaken using methods outlined by the Water Security Agency. All data is compiled into a supplied framework that calculated and systematically displayed the associated risks of each specific water source.

LQWS will identify the communities by highest risk and will work with members that are willing to participate in a Source Water Protection Plan.

The ARBI Conference (February 20 & 21) focused on Building Resiliency, Accepting Change and theme from Floods to Droughts. Held in Brandon, Manitoba.

Opening the ARBI Conference

Dr. Allan Preston

Bob Sanford EPCOR Chair UN Water

Dr. Danny Blair, Director of Science, Prairie Climate Centre

Jared Wolfe, Global Water Futures

Minister Rochelle Squires

Anthony Pagliai, US Consul

Doug Griffith, Author of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community

The Tour of the Brandon Water Treatment Plant

Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Inc. (LQWS) wish to extend our sincerest appreciation for your support throughout this past year. We are excited to dive into 2019 with a renewed fervor to bring people together to ensure protection of water quality, safe drinking water, aquatic habits and sustainable water supplies….. and we need your help!

Will you consider a membership for LQWS for 2019?

Why be a member of LQWS?

· To show your support for clean lakes, river, streams and reservoirs, and their management and protection.

· A local voice that is linked to the provincial voice on watershed issues and a venue for local residents and stakeholders to voice your concerns.

· To facilitate the exchange of information on managing lakes and watersheds through themed sessions and workshops.

· Implementation of Source Water Protection Plan’ key actions to manage and protect drinking and source water and watershed resources for now and in to the future.

LQWS is a non-profit. We strive to be good stewards through the memberships made by you our members, donors, and partners like you.

For more information please call our office at 306.745.9774.

Forage program in Saskatchewan

You know that high-quality forage crops are important because they help produce healthy, hefty cattle. Forage Crops not only provide sustainable grazing sources for livestock, they're part of sound land management. Forage crops also diversify crop rotations, prevent erosion and retain nutrients.

Jeremy Brown

306-445-2575 ext. 229


The Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards Inc. (LQWS) is located in southeastern part of Saskatchewan and covers an approximate area of 17,800 square kilometres. Forming the lower or downstream half of the Qu’Appelle River Basin, the Lower Qu’Appelle River Watershed begins near the Town of Craven to the Manitoba Border.

The most distinctive characteristic of the Lower Qu’Appelle River Watershed is the Qu’Appelle River Valley. The valley originated as a glacial spillway and runs the entire length of the watershed. The Qu’Appelle Valley has a relatively flat bottom with steep side slopes and varies from 1.6 to 3.2 kilometres in width. Our Qu’Appelle River is confined to the Qu’Appelle Valley and flows through six major lakes. From west to east these lakes include Pasqua, Echo, Mission, Katepwa, Crooked and Round Lakes. Major tributaries to the Qu’Appelle River are Loon, Jumping Deer, Pheasant and Kapsovar Creeks. Lesser tributaries include the Pearl, Indianhead, Redfox, Ekapo, Cutarm and Scissor Creeks.

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