The Government of Saskatchewan is getting closer to announcing their 25-Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan (SWSP).
The SWSP is a comprehensive water management plan that aims to protect and manage water in Saskatchewan.
Following a second phase of public consultations, the plan is expected to be formally announced this fall.
“Saskatchewan is a province of 100,000 lakes and rivers and the stewardship of this invaluable natural resource is paramount during this time of unprecedented population and growth,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Ken Cheveldayoff said.
“A strategic, 25-year vision will ensure that our province’s abundant water supply is secure now and in the years to come.”
The SWSP consultation document has been posted online at www.swa.ca.
Public input will be accepted on the document until Aug. 31, after which the feedback will be considered before the SWSP is implemented by a new water agency — Integrated Water Saskatchewan (IWS).
The IWS will consolidate the government’s water management expertise into a single point of contact for individuals and businesses.
“Our board has called on the government to bring management of water and water-related issues together in one agency,” Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities president David Marit said.
“We are encouraged by this announcement and look forward to participating in further consultation as government completes the 25-Year Water Security Plan.”
After reviewing the consultation document, residents and stakeholders are invited to send their feedback directly to the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org.