Com­mu­nity ses­sions pro­vide valu­able info on SAWSP

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - NEWS - By Jamie Rieger [email protected]­

Res­i­dents in Spe­cial Ar­eas have a much bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Spe­cial Ar­eas Wa­ter Sup­ply Project (SAWSP) af­ter a se­ries of com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sions were held re­cently in Oyen, Con­sort, and Hanna.

Spe­cial Ar­eas Board chair, Jor­don Chris­tian­son gave an over­view of the vast project that would take wa­ter from Red Deer River and dis­trib­ute it through­out the re­gion us­ing 103 kms of pipe­line.

If com­pleted the project would pro­vide 8,000 acres of ir­ri­ga­tion, and would also sup­port mu­nic­i­pal stock wa­ter­ing, drought mit­i­ga­tion, and en­hance­ments for ri­par­ian ar­eas.

“These com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sions gave us a chance to share an up­date on the project with our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and ratepay­ers, and to talk about what some of these key find­ings could mean for the vi­a­bil­ity of the project. We have reached a crit­i­cal mile­stone for SAWSP, and what we need now is to hear from our ratepay­ers what they think the next steps for the project should be,” said Chris­tian­son, in a writ­ten state­ment.

Photo cour­tesy of Spe­cial Ar­eas Board

Dar­rell Toma presents en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment (EIA) find­ings on the Spe­cial Ar­eas Wa­ter Sup­ply Project at a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Oyen.

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