REGULATIONS FOR CATTLE ON CREEKS
February 6, 2003
There were a total of 72 attendees in Simmie (mainly producers). Doug Smith chaired the meeting and Cher King gave a brief introduction on the SCCWS. Randy Vopni discussed the Intensive Livestock Operation regulations from Sask Ag. & Food and Rick West discussed the role of Fisheries and Oceans along creeks. Both presentations were very informative and answered many questions concerning producers.
Fisheries and Oceans PDF Sask Ag & Food PDF
WATER QUALITY IN THE SWIFT CURRENT CREEK WATERSHED
December 3, 2002
Our first speaker, Rod Lemon, was from Sask Environment. He discussed urban wastewater. He explained what wastewater actually is, he spoke on the potential wastewater effects to the environment, and described different sewage treatments and processes for decontaminating wastewater. Finally, he discussed the regulations for wastewater disposal.
Rod Lemon Wastewater PDF
Jane Elliott of the National Water Research Institute gave a very in depth speech on farming and ranch impacts on our water quality.
Jane Elliott PDF
Several members of the Lac Pelletier Prairie Water Care group provided information on the Prairie Water Care program. Glenn Bratvold talked about the group’s history. Kay Froese discussed Water Quality Sampling. Diane Nerada discussed Macro invertebrates or “Bug” Sampling and Cher briefly reviewed Riparian Zone Assessment for the Prairie Water Care group.
Prairie Water Care PDF
Ron Jensen, from Sask Environment, presented some very interesting information and history on fish management in the Swift Current Creek. He outlined the important events or changes to fish habitat in Bone Creek, Jones Creek, Rock Creek, and Lac Pelletier tributaries to the Swift Current Creek. Ron, also provided pictures of the main fish in the creek and explained how to identify their differences.
Ron Jensen PDF
Brian McConkey is a Soil and Water Conservation Research Scientist from SPARC, he spoke on Land Management Effects on Runoff Water Quality in Swift Current Creek Watershed. He presented various data comparing the snowmelt runoff from stubble and fallow as well as comparing the snowmelt runoff from grass and cropland. For both experiments, he conducted tests on the quantity of runoff and amount of sediment, nitrates, ortho-P, 2,4-D, dissolved organic carbon, and triallates.
Brian McConkey PDF
Reg Parsons, a local producer, displayed how he is protecting the water quality on his section of the creek. By fencing off certain areas of his land, his system limits cattle access to the creek and Reg rotates his cattle during the year (year-round, fall, no grazing) to different areas of his land to preserve the riparian zone along the creek. The biggest problem Reg found with managing the fence is the trade off of where to put the fence. Fences near the creek constantly need maintenance, but fences farther away from the creek lose a lot of land.
Reg Parsons PDF
Mario Dordu, another local producer, provided information on his off stream cattle watering system. He used two water troughs in different locations to spread his cattle out and keep them away from the creek. The water for both troughs comes from a dugout. The dugout is fenced off to larger cows, but the fence still allows calves to have access as it is difficult for calves to get water out of the trough.
Dordu Project PDF
Doug Wilson from the Big Shell Lake Watershed Stewardship Association discussed their organizational structure as well as their programs. Doug Kozusko from Sask Water discussed the formation of the new Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and the role of stewardship groups in the new SWA
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