BILL 44 – Passed with No Amendments
BILL 44 obtained a third reading with no amendments and received royal assent May 2017. Read more at – Bill 44
BILL 44 – Hansard Notes – 2nd Reading
Minister Moe is moving ahead with BILL 44. Refer to – Hansard Notes – Mar 6th on the Bill 44 2nd Reading, where the points on Bill 44 are recorded on pages 14 through 20. Bill 44 focuses specifically on removal of the formal complaint system, prohibition against litigation in respect to pre-1981 drainage works and an increase in fines under the Environmental Management Protection Act (EMPA).
BILL 44 – More Information from the Ministry of Environment
SaskFSA met with Minister Moe on Jan 10th to discuss and clarify concerns regarding BILL 44. The Ministry of Environment issued the following information after the meeting – MOE-BILL 44. More specific information to follow after our next meeting scheduled for Jan 24th.
BILL 44 – An Act to Amend the Water Security Agency Act
These are the specific details the WSA press release fails to mention – BILL 44. As an AG producer of Saskatchewan, these legislation changes affect you and should be of great concern. Contact any member of the SaskFSA Board of Directors for more information.
PROPOSED LEGISLATION CHANGES To Amend the Water Security Agency Act
Amendments to The Water Security Agency Act were announced by Minister Moe Nov 15, 2016. The WSA press release fails to mention the specific details that will directly impact AG producers – WSA News Releases Nov 2016 – Legislative Changes Support AG Water Management Strategy/. Specific amendments and concerns are outlined in the following document. If these legislation changes are of concern to you, contact any member of the SaskFSA Board of Directors and your local MLA. Read More…
NEW SK AG Drainage Regulations – Significant Obstacles
Several key components of the NEW SK AG Water Management Strategy as of November 2016 will have severe negative repercussions on the Saskatchewan agriculture producer, and ultimately the GDP of Saskatchewan as outlined in the following document. If these are of concern to you, contact any member of the SaskFSA Board of Directors and your local MLA. Read More…
Agriculture on the Political Agenda
Agriculture is one of the main pillars of the Saskatchewan economy. Saskatchewan represents 43 per cent of Canada’s farmland, totaling more than 60 million acres. Saskatchewan’s agriculture industry is a leader in keeping Saskatchewan strong through managing our land and water resources to economically and sustainably grow safe food for the world. However, there are some serious challenges in this equation that need to be addressed as they directly impact the producer’s ability to farm efficiently, to earn an income, support their family and support the economy of the province. Of particular importance is the issue of anti–agriculture groups pushing for legislation to convert productive farmland into wetlands, predominantly in the prairie pothole region (PPR). This also directly correlates to responsible surface water management. Whether it be agricultural, industrial or urban drainage or a conservation group that leaves land to abandonment which then encroaches on productive agricultural land. We are all responsible and we can all work together. Read More…
The core of the new drainage regulations is based on responsible agricultural water management where it is the producers’ responsibility to design, construct, operate and permit the drainage works within an efficient and risk-based regulatory system to minimize negative impacts. We support this concept 100%. There are however other factors, besides agricultural drainage, that affect flood control equally that should be considered for integration into the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. This November SaskFSA submitted a brief to Saskatchewan government representatives and Water Security officials titled “Other Stakeholders” asking them to consider the role that naturally drained land and habitat land play in flood mitigation. Read More…
The NEW Approach to Agricultural Water Management in Saskatchewan (Phase 1)
The Water Security Agency (WSA) is moving ahead with a new approach to agricultural drainage management. The new approach will move Saskatchewan toward responsible agricultural water management by streamlining the regulatory system, addressing risks associated with drainage in the approval process, and enabling the development of sustainable drainage projects. Learn more at WSA – Agricultural Water Management Strategy or contact one of your SaskFSA board members.
The Perfect Drainage Policy
SaskFSA submitted a proposal to the Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment titled, “The Perfect Drainage Policy” for consideration in the restructuring of Saskatchewan’s current drainage policy. As a result, SaskFSA was invited to a roundtable discussion at the legislature involving the Minster of Environment, the Minister of Agriculture and officials from the Water Security Agency. The discussion was progressive and of significant value towards positive restructuring of Saskatchewan’s current drainage policy. Read More…
Cost Benefit of Organized Drainage Stewardship Practices Project
A cost benefit analysis of the Okabena Drainage Cooperative established in 2012 and the Madrid Conservation & Development Area established in 1975 was carried out. The setup costs, capital cost, yearly maintenance and operating costs of the projects were compared to the net gains in efficiency, and net return to the flooded area. Read More… Posted on November 24, 2014 via Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards (MJRWS)
Farmers Lash Out Against Ducks Unlimited Drainage Ads
Radio ads that claim “drainage hurts” may be hurting the reputation of Ducks Unlimited in eastern and central Saskatchewan. The organization has recently run radio ads suggesting agricultural drainage contributed to the flooding of three million acres of farmland and the evacuation of the hospital in Melville, Sask., this summer. Read More… Posted on October 7, 2014 @ The Western Producer
More Wetlands = Less Flooding!
The latest simulated study conducted on the Smith Creek basin has identified many significant issues that will need to be debated throughout North America. Society will soon have to decide what value they want to place on wetland conservation versus achieving a sustainable, economic agricultural model for the future. Not in debate is the value of wetlands to our ecosystem. Agriculture understands more than any part of society the value of clean water, biodiversity, and wildlife preservation. What is in debate is how many are required and where do they need to be located. There will need to be a compromise in the development of a wetland strategy. Throughout the last 150 years of history, wetlands in North America have been drained and defined improving the productivity of the prairies significantly. We can easily quantify the value of a well designed, controlled water management system as emplified by the study found at www.mjriver.com“The Cost Benefit Analysis of Organized Drainage on the Regina Plains” released by the Moose Jaw Watershed Stewards Inc.
Conservation Easement Letter to Minister Moe
Dear Minister Moe: Unfortunately many of our RM’s and ratepayers throughout the Prairie Pothole Region are facing some undue hardships as a result of some loosely structured legislation that has been in place for a number of years. The Conservations Easement Act in effect since January 31, 1997 has been utilized by numerous conservation groups and individuals to ensure the properties affected are placed into long term control by the easement holder in many cases for perpetuity. Although noble by design this has provided some long term issues for many jurisdictions.
Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan Raises Flooding Concerns
Regina: Flooding and the need to examine both short term and long term solutions were the main topics of a meeting between the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and provincial Ministers on Tuesday. At APAS’s request, the Ministers responsible for Government Relations, Highways and Transportation, Environment and Agriculture met with the APAS Executive for a briefing on what APAS Board Members were hearing from their members. Read More… Posted on August 27, 2014 @ Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan
Pay Farmers to Stop Drainage: Research Chair
Water expert John Pomeroy says paying farmers to store water might curb unauthorized drainage and alleviate some of the problems that go along with it. The Canada research chair in water resources and climate change, based at the University of Saskatchewan, said he understands why farmers want to get rid of the water. Read More… Posted on July 18, 2014 @ The Western Producer
Manitoba Water Drainage Plans Good News
I have heard that some farmers are concerned about new developments in provincial water management and drainage in Manitoba. However, I am convinced the two proposed strategies announced re-cently by the provincial government are positive news. Read More… Posted on June 26, 2014 @ The Western Producer
Build Trust with Urban Consumers
How can the ever-shrinking population of farmers connect with urban consumers to get a fair hearing on the many controversial issues that are being thrown at agriculture? “There’s only two percent of us and 98 percent non-farming consumers, so we’re a little outnumbered,” said Minnedosa, Man., farmer Neil Galbraith. Read More… Posted on April 11, 2014 @ The Western Producer