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?"

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Qu'Appelle Watershed Land Use and Water Quality Report

Hello all friends of the Lower Qu'Appelle First Nations!

Join us for a Source Water Protection Workshop to hear information on water security, and how mines do and will affect First Nation's water sources.

November 1 at the Treaty 4 Building in Fort Qu'Appelle.

FHQ SWP workshop poster - Nov 1 2019.pdf
ag drainage and env conf registration poster final A!.pdf

Lower Qu'Qppelle Watershed Stewards are sponsors of the Agricultural Drainage and the Environment Conference. At only $75 to attend this is a must attend event and one you don't want to miss! Presentations range from a variety of speakers including the Global Institute for Water Security, Saskatchewan Farmers Association, and John Pomeroy.

Topics include:

  • Overview of water quality impacts of agricultural with a focus on drainage: Highlights of the Qu'Appelle River Qu'Appelle Watershed Land-Use and Water Quality Study
  • To Drain or not to Drain? Farming with Wetlands.
  • The hydrology of wetland drainage in prairie potholes.
  • The “Plowprint” Report for Habitat Loss on the Canadian Prairies
  • Carbon Losses from Wetland Drainage
  • Agricultural Water Management Strategy and a New Mitigation Policy for Agricultural Drainage Licencing in Saskatchewan
  • The Challenges of Accumulative Effects in Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment
  • Mitigation of Wetland Loss for Industries in Saskatchewan
  • A Producers Viewpoint on the Benefits of Agricultural Drainage and proposed mitigation
  • An Environment View of Agricultural Drainage and the Agricultural Water Management Strategy
  • First Nations perspective on farmland drainage impact to land, water and rights.
  • When a Water Problem is more than a water Problem: Fragmentation, Framing and the Case of Agricultural Wetland Drainage.

When: November 6, 2019 - Regina

Click on the link below to find out more details!

There are numerous benefits to decommissioning abandoned wells on your property and is an important action to protect the ground water resources below the property. The vital importance of proper well management can not be stressed enough. The safety of your family, the integrity of Ground Water sources and the future success of your farming operation could be in jeopardy unless proper steps are taken.

It is important to stress that water quality may change over time, and therefore one should not rely on past analysis. Water testing should be done routinely, preferably every year, or at least every 2 years under normal circumstances, whereas any unusual situation such as changes in water smell, clarity, taste, or changes in animals eating or drinking habits, loss of performance, or health problems should immediately trigger the need for water testing.

Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed has partnered with the RM's of Spy Hill, Fertile Belt, Lipton and McLeod throughout our watershed to decommission abandoned wells.

The RM of Spy Hill - 100% covered

The RM of Fertile Belt - will cover 100% for the first 10 landowners, after that landowners will be billed for 10%.

The RM of Lipton and McLeod, will also bill the landowners the 10% of the costs.

This is open to all farmers, acreage owners, urban and resort villages.

Please call us at 306.745.9774 before August 15, 2019

Livestock Water Testing - July 31 starting at 9 am - Noon at the RM of Spy Hill office.

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 41 communities within our watershed.

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.

For more information contact Roger at 306.740.7602 or call the office at 306.745.9774.

FSP One-Pager.pdf

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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LQWS July 31 workshop.pdf