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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Information on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards would like to give you a quick update on the deliver of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership program (CAP).
As of October 1, 2019 we no longer deliver technical service to our producers within our watershed. This was a decision based on the uptake for the program we had anticipated for - was not there.
Many RM's have likely received a visit or phone call from either Assiniboine Watershed, Lower Souris or Upper Souris Watershed groups that will assist producers in your area or the Ministry of Agriculture has technicians to assist as well.
Producers can call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377
for assistance and more information.
We also want to clarify that the Ministry of Agriculture along with the Canada Federal Agriculture financially partner to deliver this program to our many producers throughout the province. Ministry of Agriculture then partners with watershed stewardship groups and other agri environmental groups to advertise for them, hold workshops, educate and deliver technical services on the different programs that are available to producers, including funding that may be available for projects.
Recently, there has been a misconception that membership dollars are used solely to deliver this program. This is not true, in our case anyways. Ministry of Agriculture enters into contracts with groups to deliver this program, a contractual arrangement to deliver it. In our case, we were offered $50,000 in the first year and $18,000 in the 2nd year. These funds were used to put on workshops, advertise, and have a technician available, these funds were always kept separate from the membership dollars received as well as the $74,500 operating grant we receive from Water Security Agency.
The membership dollars that LQWS receives, goes to support forging partnerships among citizens, scientists and professionals to foster the management and protection of our lakes, rivers and streams. Our mission statement remains the same of a "long term, stable, high-quality water supply for the people with water quality in the lower Qu'Appelle Lakes that will be able to support recreation, fishing and economic development within the ecological limits of the system".
We will continue to work with stakeholders and our partners including Ministry of Agriculture to continue our work with Source Water Protection and the key action items in our plan. This will include advancing our research work that we have done on the Agriculture Land Use and Water Quality. We understand that water quality is increasingly at risk due to nutrient pollution entering river systems from cities, industrial zones and agricultural areas and are typically the largest non-point source of water pollution. One of the action items will be to explore the potential effects of different Beneficial Management Practices (BMP's) in mitigating water pollution, and understand the functionality and value of the preferred policies and potential barriers to BMP implementation on the land.
We will continue to focus on other action items ranging from water use and future demand, drainage, and the protection of wetland and riparian areas and the overall health of our ecosystem.
LQWS would like to thank you for your past and continued support whether it be in-kind or financial. Without this, we wouldn't be able to continue with our program and research. Remember, our watershed plan was built by you for our future generations.
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.
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.