North Saskatchewan River Basin Council Newsletter - Fall 2018
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Fall 2018


North Saskatchewan River Basin Council
10 Year Anniversary

1-3 PM Open House - Coffee and Cupcakes
September 20, 2018
River Valley Visitor Centre
North Battleford, SK, 
See the agenda below
Public Open House
1:00 PM – Coffee and Cake
1:10 PM – Welcome and Greeting 10 years at a Glance – Paul Rybka – NSRBC Chair
1:15 PM – Opening words from Water Security Agency – Trenton Spence - WSA
1:20 PM – Overview and Update on Oil Spill – Chris Meloche – Husky Energy
1:40 PM – Question and Answer Provincial Input on Spill and Future - Dale Kristoff - Ministry of Environment
1:55 PM – Global Water Futures, Watersheds and Water Governance – Ashleigh Duffy – U of S
2:15 PM – 10 Years of Source Water Protection – Katherine Finn
2:45 PM - Clean Drain and Dry demonstration - John Kindrachuk
3:00 PM – Adjourn



Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are of growing concern for Saskatchewan and the Prairie Provinces. Although not currently established within our province, zebra and quagga mussels are at high risk of invading. These species of mussel are extremely prolific and can permanently alter water bodies due to their high intake of lake nutrients.  This year six portable check stations have been funded.  You may spot on of these at provincial borders, routes to major lakes and recreational water systems for inspecting watercraft for AIS, especially mussels. You can do your part in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species by thoroughly cleaning any watercraft after use, draining excess water and making sure watercraft is well dried before moving to different water bodies. For more information on AIS click Here.

Our lakes and water systems are a valuable resource. Maintaining the health of these lakes and rivers is essential for a sustainable future. Lake health can be affected by numerous stressors; whether it’s pollution, erosion, nutrient loading, aquatic invasive species or shoreline development. While, developing a shoreline isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are ways to help maintain the integrity and health of the shores. The shoreline, or riparian area, is a buffer zone of vegetation which acts as a natural filter and reinforces against erosion, reducing the risk of nutrient loading and eutrophication. It also provides habitat for native species, founding the ecosystem, and promoting diversity.

The Natural Edge Program seeks to maintain, improve and restore shoreline along lakefront properties while maintaining resident values. Those involved will get to work alongside technicians in developing their shoreline, from the initial site visit to the planting plan and maintenance. The Natural Edge Program promotes the health and diversity of our lakes and helps ensure a safe, healthy and valuable resource to be enjoyed for generations to come. Contact us to book your site visit.

Follow the links below to learn more program information:
Farm Stewardship Program
Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program

Environmental Farm Plan
Upcoming Workshop, see details below.

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North Saskatchewan River Basin Council
Box 458
Hafford, SK
S0J 1A0

306-441-3119 | 306-549-2360

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