2015 Activities in the North Saskatchewan River Basin
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2015 NSRBC Newsletter

Now Offering: Culvert Mapping for Municipalities      
New to the NSRBC service portfolio for municipalities is to locate and map culverts and other infrastructure (road signs, bridges, residences etc.). This summer we have mapped the culverts in the RM of Canwood as well as the RM of Douglas where we expanded the mapping to road signs and residences.
NSRBC staff provides detailed GPS data of the culvert location, its length, size and condition. This helps to manage the RM’s assets, to identify maintenance needs and for flooding adaptation. We are also offering to program the locations of the culverts into a GPS for mowers and graders. The operators will get a visual and acoustic alert when they approach a culvert which helps prevent damage to infrastructure.
The NSRBC is working close together with other watershed groups to offer this service to municipalities across the province. So far we are mapping two additional municipalities in southern Saskatchewan.

If you need more information or are interested in a quote, please contact us
AEGP Update
The Agri-Environmental Group Plan Technicians continue working with producers to further create and establish sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices. So far the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) has paid out over 11 million Dollars to successful applicants and the Farm Stewardship Program (FSP) is approaching 1.5 million Dollars being paid out, with about 4 million Dollars in the approval process.
A few Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) have changed. An updated BMP list will be available soon on our website. In addition the NSRBC will be sending mailouts with the updated list to producers in the North Saskatchewan watershed.

In today’s newsletter we are drawing the attention to the Plastic Grain Bag Roller (Agriculture Waste Management) which is a BMP under the Farm Stewardship Program. Did you know that Saskatchewan farmers go through about 12,000 to 16,000 single-use bags every year? The new BMP can save producers 50% up to $5,000 for ways to roll agricultural plastics, which includes silage bags, twine and grain bags.

For technical assistance on the program please contact the technician in your area:
West: Annette Smith, 306-441-4066,
Central: John Kindrachuk, 306-549-2360,
East: Angela Vaadeland, 306-469-2146, cell: 306-469-7167,
Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
Zebra and quagga mussels are a threat to our waterways and therefore to our economy, recreation industry, to agriculture and to our environment. To monitor these aquatic invasive species and raise awareness, the NSRBC as well as other watershed groups in the province work with the Ministry of Environment. In the North Saskatchewan River Basin we have been training volunteers at Jackfish and Murray Lake and in the Lankeland District (which includes Emma, Christopher, Anglin and Macphee Lake) who are monitoring the lakes for zebra and quagga mussels.

If you would like to set up training, please contact us.
EcoAction Grant for Source Water Protection Plans in Mistawasis und Beardy’s First Nations
We are pleased to announce that we received funding through the Environment Canada EcoAction Grant to implement Source Water Protection Plans in two First Nation communities. The NSRBC will be working with Mistawasis and the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards will be the lead on the Beardy’s First Nation Source Water Protection Plan. We are proud to work with so many great partners that share the same vision!
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Our mailing address is:
North Saskatchewan River Basin Council
Box 458
Hafford, SK
S0J 1A0

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