Big Shell Lake community watershed management project
A community watershed management initiative, in the Big Shell Lake Watershed, approximately 90 km west of Prince Albert, SK, is helping the local community better understand water quality issues and devise measures to protect and improve water quality. PFRA North Battleford District Office is working in cooperation with the Big Shell Lake Watershed Stewardship Association (BSLWSA), Saskatchewan Water Corporation, Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management, and Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food to implement the project. The project focuses on all potential sources of pollution in the watershed. All forms of land use and development will be assessed with regard to their impact on water quality. Current watershed management activities include: surface water quality monitoring on the lake and creeks; a ground water quality study to assess the environmental impact of two sewage lagoons; a riparian area project to better manage runoff from a cattle winter feeding site; a feasibility study for proposed sedimentation ponds along one creek to deal with nutrient loading from a cattle winter feeding site; and planning for public awareness and education events, including the development of a school program based on project wet.
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