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Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards will be monitoring this summer for the Zebra Mussels

at all 6 lakes within our watershed.


Remember to practice: Clean, Drain, Dry

If you are:

  • Returning home from out of province
  • Visiting from out of province
  • Moving between waters within Saskatchewan

Please follow these important steps to help protect Saskatchewan waters from invasive species:

Clean and inspect the watercraft, trailer, equipment and all gear that made contact with the water.

  • Remove all visible plants, animals and mud. Scrub/scrape grainy surfaces that feel like sandpaper, as this could be young mussels too small to see.
  • Wash, scrub or rinse using high pressure, hot tap water preferably 50 degreesC (120 degreesF) – away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.
  • Inspect the watercraft, trailer and vehicle.

Drain all on-board water from the motor, livewell, bilge, and ballast tanks.

  • Flush with hot tap water away from storm drains, ditches and waterways.
  • Leave plugs out during transport and tilt watercraft when stored to allow the bilge to both drain and dry.

Dry your watercraft, equipment and all related gear completely, preferably for at least five days while leaving compartments open to dry.

LQWS relationship with Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds

At the Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) in April, Lower Qu’Appelle Watershed Stewards (LQWS) presented several resolutions (see resolutions at the bottom of this page). Resolution #8 was the only resolution that passed.

It was the LQWS Board’s unanimous vote that LQWS suspend the membership until such time SAW Board of Directors look within their organization to ensure it is well managed and improve their governance practices as well as not getting involved with the management of their membership and to focus on carrying out stewardship responsibilities on behalf of all their members in a more courteous and professional manner than has been exhibited of SAW in the past. There have been two other watershed stewardship groups that have suspended their membership until such time SAW embarks on change.

Our watershed has strong relationships with our stakeholders including Water Security Agency and various Saskatchewan Ministries and we remain committed to our past, current and future partnerships.

LQWS would like to extend our apologies to our membership, stakeholders, general public and our partners that have been unprofessionally approached by members of the SAW organization.

LQWS understands the value of being a member of an umbrella organization such as SAW, however, given the past and recent observations regarding the operation of the SAW organization, we feel at this time that SAW has unsatisfactorily represented LQWS.

As always, together we will continue to work towards a better tomorrow and towards our common goal!

Resolution 1 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) operates the business of the association; and

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) currently operates out of a private dwelling (house) and is not open to the public or membership; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) secure appropriate office space in a location ideally placed in the Province of Saskatchewan and staffed with at least 1 full time equivalent position and operate with regular posted office hours.

Resolution 2 - Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) operates with membership funds and other grants throughout the year; and

Whereas, a proper audit has not been performed in recent years; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) undertake a full audit at the end of each fiscal year with an approved auditor being appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

Resolution 3 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) Board of Directors currently sets the membership fees; and

Whereas, many members feel that there is little opportunity to provide input on membership fee decisions; Therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) update the bylaws to set the membership fees by resolution passed at SAW’s annual general meeting.

Resolution 4 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) has two Director-At-Large positions; and

Whereas, these two Director-At-Large positions are appointed from the membership; and

Whereas the Director-At Large positions have been filled by individuals that are represented by a member watershed stewardship group; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) amend their Bylaws to remove the two Director-At-Large positions eliminating the two board members representing the same member.

Resolution 5 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) Article 5 – Board of Directors; and

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) currently has a Bylaw in place that does not clearly state the terms of the directors; therefore

Be it Resolved, that this section be reviewed an updated to provide a defined term of office for directors as well as a defined term of office for the Chair and Vice Chair of not more than four years.

Resolution 6 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) keeps records of Bylaws, Policies, Procedures, SAW budget (current and past), minutes for the last year, financial reports and financial statements; and

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) has the responsibility to ensure new Board members received the above, any reports and the background in a timely manner; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) compile this information for the last year to give to each Board Member to hold in their respectful watershed office and that each Board member continue to update the file in a timely manner.

Resolution 7 – Voted No

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) has an Executive Committee that has various duties as outlined in Article 8 of the Bylaws; and

Whereas, the Executive Committee has been appointed to perform such fiduciary duties unknown to the membership; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Executive Committee’s duties of making and approving financial decisions be eliminated from the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) structure and be replaced with any two directors or officers as appropriate to sign all contracts and documents in writing requiring a signature of the Association, as well as cheques, drafts or orders of payment of money until such time that appointment is revoked; and

Be it Further Resolved, that a line be inserted into Article 8 that clearly states, “All board members are liable for any decisions made by the Executive Committee”.

Resolution 8 - Passed

Whereas, the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) has bylaws, policies and procedures in place; and

Whereas, these bylaws, policies and procedures currently in place; therefore

Be it Resolved, that the Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW) update their bylaws, policies and procedures as per current governance practices and within the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, S.C. 2009.