Cli­mate change dol­lars aimed at wa­ter re­sources

The Southwest Booster - - FARM RANCH -

The Gov­ern­ment of Saskatchew­an, in part­ner­ship with Nat­u­ral Re­sources Canada and the Saskatchew­an Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Agency (WSA), has an­nounced $1.3 mil­lion in fund­ing and in-kind sup­port to help Saskatchew­an pro­duc­ers and com­mu­ni­ties suc­cess­fully man­age the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

The fund­ing will be used to de­liver three projects. The first project will be for WSA and part­ner or­ga­ni­za­tions to of­fer work­shops for up to 2,500 agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers over the next two years. These work­shops will in­tro­duce pro­duc­ers to the Saskatchew­an Agri­cul­tural Wa­ter Man­age­ment Strat­egy and help them in­cor­po­rate cli­mate change con­sid­er­a­tions into the de­sign of their agri­cul­tural drainage projects, mak­ing them more re­silient to a chang­ing cli­mate.

As part of the Agri­cul­tural Wa­ter Man­age­ment Strat­egy, the prov­ince im­ple­mented new drainage reg­u­la­tions in 2015 that re­quires all agri­cul­tural landown­ers have a drainage ap­proval for their drainage projects.

The fund­ing will also be used to al­low WSA to in­crease its Qual­i­fied Per­sons (QPS) train­ing pro­gram.

Ad­di­tion­ally, fund­ing will be used to work with com­mu­ni­ties at high risk of hy­dro­log­i­cal drought to de­velop drought re­sponse plans.

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