SaskFSA believes that land and water resources are best when managed.
Land is a farmer’s most valuable asset – without it they have nothing and without the ability to manage the land, all other inputs, and technology are potentially wasted. Responsible AG water management (drainage) is a large part of land development and improvement. In addition to soil health, drainage is a very effective tool for increasing farm efficiency and productivity.
As of May 2017, ALL water management projects (drainage) in SK require an approval (regardless of when of when they were built). The policy around the Ag Water Management Strategy is still being developed. SaskFSA’s priority is to work with government to develop simple, practical and effective policy that enables progressive agriculture. While approved drainage is the ultimate measure of success, currently the application process is complicated and restrictive. SaskFSA is the chair of the provincial Agricultural Water Management Policy Advisory Committee (AWMPAC), working with the ministry and other industry stakeholders to improve and further develop the policy.
At this time, we do not recommend undergoing the application process until there are substantial changes to the drainage policy. However, we do recommend the following:
We bring the knowledge of a wide range of experts on land and water management together. SaskFSA is the chair of the provincial Agricultural Water Management Policy Advisory Committee (AWMPAC).
If you decide to proceed with the application process at this time, we have compiled a Drainage Application Checklist of items to consider when applying for a drainage approval. Contact us if you are interested in knowing more about how to be prepared before you begin the Drainage Application process.
The Water Security Agency (WSA) website provides an overview of the Drainage Application Process.
Qualified Persons (QPs) are available to assist you with the technical aspects of the drainage design and completing the application form. QPs are also very helpful with the overall communication process. Please keep in mind that communication is essential for successful projects are it starts with you as the applicant.
To begin an application you must contact your local WSA office.
The Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA) is responsible for Conservation and Development Area (C&D) formation, governance support, drainage project development, qualified person support, project engineering, legal and mediation support as well as LiDAR programs.
Establishing a C&D can provide a means for landowners to work together in developing agricultural water management projects. C&D’s provide local governance over local water management issues. Landowners have a significant amount of knowledge regarding the landscape, water movement and its impact. C&D’s utilize this knowledge to develop functional and sustainable projects that provide flood control and protect the productivity of the land.
NOTE: The AG Water Management Strategy is still in development phase. Be confident in your knowledge of the land, work with your neighbours and communicate with your local rural municipality if applicable. Reach out to a SaskFSA Board Director in your area if you require assistance.