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2022 A FOLLOW-UP REPORT ON CONVENTION 2022

PARCS UPDATE #211 - October 21, 2022

A FOLLOW-UP REPORT ON CONVENTION 2022 

SESSION 1 (10:00 am - noon) - WETLANDS TOMORROW PANEL

Panelists: 

  • Alice Davies: Mgr, Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards
  • Dr. Peter Leavitt: U of Regina         
  • Colin Whitfield, Helen Baulch: Global Institute for Water Security
  • Michael Champion: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Reply from Water Security Agency

  • Shawn Jaques, President and CEO 

Number of attendees - 104

Average rating given by attendees - 89.9 %

Comments and questions from attendees - 

  • Why is the Water Security Agency only now designing an Ag drainage policy rather than a comprehensive wetland policy that we were led to believe was the purpose of all our inputs in 2019 consultations? Both Alberta and Manitoba have wetland policies...why not Sask?
  • Who is the policy lead for WSA? What are the performance indicators that balance safer reliable water with economic growth? Is the policy agriculture biased?
  • Could Alice give a definition of the point-source nutrient loading and non-point source loading for the listeners.
  • Ag drainage has been unregulated for years. If we wait til the fall of 2023 and your mitigation policy, there will be few wetlands left, at the rate drainage is going. Will you seriously begin regulating drainage now?
  • Thank you for all the very valuable information provided this morning. We have a significant area of lakeside development for recreation purposes. We do not have a significant agriculture component. We're looking at ways to reduce the stress of recreation on our lakes. Have you heard of Haven Floating Islands and do you know the results of their impacts? thank you (not sure who this question should be directed to.)
  • Can Helen or someone expand on why cover cropping and perennial forage is bad for water quality? I think back to pre-colonization where perennial native grasslands would have dominated the landscape, from what I can tell there is no concern with nutrient transfer downstream from that landscape so why is there concern about converting marginal agricultural land to perennial coverage to get it back to a pre-colonization state?
  • Ag drainage has been unregulated for years. If we wait till the fall of 2023 and your mitigation policy, there will be fewer wetlands left, at the rate drainage is going. Will you seriously begin regulating illegal drainage now?
  • Thank you for the very valuable information provided this morning. We have significant area of lakeside development for recreation purposes. We do not have a significant agricultural component. We are looking at ways to reduce the stress of recreation on our lakes. Have you heard of Haven Floating Islands and do you know the results of their impacts?  
  • Why is WSA only now designing an AG drainage policy rather than a comprehensive wetland policy that we were led to believe was the purpose of our inputs in the 2019 consultation? Both Alberta and Manitoba have wetland policies, ... why not Sask?
  • We heard from MLAs Travis King and Don McMOrris that lakes in the Qu'Appelle have always been green. According to Dr. Leavitt's presentation, this statement by these MLAs is not correct. WSA's mandate is to protect water quality in this province. Statements that are not based on science do not set this province up for success. Do you agree with Dr. Peter Leavitt that the degredation of the lakes is due to increased nutrient loading and that a wetland policy would in fact help reduct the loading to the rivers, streams, and lakes in the province?
  • Who is the policy lead for WSA?  What are the performance indicator that balance reliable water with economic growth? Is the policy agricultura biased? Please explain what you mean by mitigation? Are you all about water or all about agriculture? 
  • Question for Helen Baulch, panelist: Can you expand on wh cover crepping and perennial forage is bad for water quality?  I think back to pre-colonixation when perennial native grasslands would have dominated the landscape and from what I can tell, there is no concern with nutrient transfer downstream from that landscape. So why is there conven about converting marginal agricultural land to perennial coverage to get back to a pre-colonial state?

SESSION 1 RECORDINGS:  Wetlands Panel: https://youtu.be/bU9AX4g8gTY

                                              WSA Policy Update: https://youtu.be/U9pDB_eOVew

SESSION 2 (1:00 - 2:30 pm) - MEMBERS FAIR

Presenters:

  • OH of Pasqua Lake
  • RV of Coteau Beach
  • RV of Lumsden Beach
  • RV of Island View
  • RM of District of Lakeland
  • RV of Manitou Beach
  • RV of Sask Beach
  • RM of McKillop

Number of attendees - 46

Average rating given by attendees - 83.7 %

Comments from attendees - 

  • The Couteau presentation was very impressive! How big is your RV? (permanent and seasonal population)?

SESSION 2 RECORDINGMembers Fair: https://youtu.be/PKaAC-UEOmk

SESSION 3 (3:00 - 4:00 pm) - A PROPOSED NEW RELATIONSHIP

BETWEEN ORGANIZED HAMLETS AND THEIR RM

Presenters - Andrea Ulrich and Tobi Duck, Ministry of Government Relations

Number of attendees - 68

Average rating given by attendees - 84.7 %

Comments from attendees - none

SESSION 3 RECORDING:  Government Relations: https://youtu.be/og_V5TGjrCw

Questions directed to particular panelists will be forwarded.

Returning to a Virtual Convention

September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

PARCS held their first convention in 1987 and has continued to host a convention every year until 2020 when Covid 19 forced us to cancel our convention and hold our Annual Meeting virtually.  In 2021, we opened the year with a Spring Festival (virtual presentations for 5 consecutive Wednesday evenings, all aimed at examining the current challenges to the quality of the water in our lakes).  In the fall, we were once again forced to cancel our face-to-face convention and to host a virtual Annual Meeting.

In 2022, PARCS was hoping to return to a face-to-face convention.  Alas, the projections from Saskatchewan Health have forced our Board to once-again choose the safer approach of a virtual convention.  The update from Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shahad, released Sept. 15, 2022, points out that:

  • There were 25 new deaths reported in the province’s monthly COVID-19 report for the period of Aug. 14 to Sept. 10.
  • In that time, there were also 1,932 confirmed cased compared to 1,524 (up by 408 cases) in the previous monthly update released on Aug.18.
  • There were 594 hospital admissions, which is up from 488 in this last update.

Dr. Shahad pointed out that the province has been expecting these fall increases and commended those of us who have exercised caution.