Ir­ri­gation ex­pan­sion projects still pos­si­ble

Moose Jaw - - News - Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­[email protected]­ By Ron Wal­ter - For Agri-Mart Ex­press

Hopes are still alive for ma­jor ex­pan­sion of ir­ri­gation in the prov­ince. Out­go­ing chair­man of the Saskatchewan Ir­ri­gation Projects As­so­ci­a­tion, Joel Van­derSchauf, told the an­nual con­fer­ence he is hope­ful af­ter a meet­ing with fed­eral Saskatchewan cab­i­net min­is­ter Ralph Goodale. Some of the stake­hold­ers at the meet­ing wanted “piece­meal projects.” But he said SIPA con­vinced Goodale that ma­jor projects met all the cri­te­ria for growth, jobs, re­me­di­a­tion and ecol­ogy.

Two sig­nif­i­cant ir­ri­gation projects have been on the draw­ing boards. They in­clude the 250,000-acre West­side project that will re­quire $1.8 bil­lion and the 100,000-acre Tu­gaske to Mar­quis project cost­ing $1.2 bil­lion.

The Tu­gaske to Mar­quis project re­quires a sep­a­rate wa­ter con­veyance canal from the Qu’Ap­pelle Dam to Buf­falo Pound Lake.

The wa­ter con­veyance canal would en­sure ad­e­quate wa­ter to South­ern Saskatchewan. Wa­ter short­ages have been pre­dicted by 2024.

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