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2016 SK Municipal Awards - Regional Cooperation Award!

The Wallace Creek Watershed Association Board No. 11 (WCWAB) was officially incorporated in September 2013, as per the provincial Watershed Act. The WCWAB comprises an 11-member Board of Directors appointed from the municipalities within the Wallace Creek Watershed membership area (refer to the map below). The Board designated the AWSA as the newly formed Association’s administrator and project manager. Unlike the AWSA and provincial watershed associations, which were established through the Source Water Protection Planning Process by the Water Security Agency, the WCWAB is established under the Watershed Act. Consequently, it is regarded as a form of municipal government with the authority to collect funds from its members. Hence, for most projects undertaken by the WCWAB, each rural municipality contributes a proportionate amount based on the percentage of their area within the Wallace Creek drainage basin (refer to the map below). The WCWAB’s operational framework has proven highly effective, with significant progress made through completed endeavours.

About the Wallace Creek Watershed

The Wallace Creek Watershed (WCW) is a sub-basin of the Assiniboine River Watershed located in East-Central Saskatchewan. WCW is approximately 692 km2, spanning just over 6 different rural municipalities: Good Lake (274, not a member), Sliding Hills (273), Wallace (243), Calder (241), Saltcoats (213), and Churchbridge (211). The only urban municipality located within the watershed is the village of Rhein. The main channel of Wallace Creek is an astonishing 302 km long! That’s almost the same distance as driving from Yorkton to Saskatoon! The creek’s extremely long length results from its meandering nature, which is caused by the gradual change in elevation from where it starts to where it meets the Whitesand River.

Our Mission, Vision, & Objectives for the Area

The vision is to see Wallace Creek Watershed as a well-planned, productive, and economically and environmentally sustainable water management system.

The mission is to proactively manage water resources within the Wallace Creek watershed to protect residences, municipal infrastructure, and agricultural and private property from flood-related damage while balancing all stakeholders’ agricultural and environmental interests.

The Objectives of the WCWAB are:

  • To balance the agricultural, environmental, economic, and social interests of the watershed.
  • Coordination of efforts concerning works and activities associated with flood management and emergency response.
  • Management of water-related resources to prevent and reduce flooding impacts within the Wallace Creek watershed.
  • Protection of residences, municipal infrastructure, agricultural land, private property, and water wells from the negative impacts associated with flooding.
  • Mitigation of the effects of agricultural drainage contributing to increased flows and subsequent flooding within the Wallace Creek watershed.
  • Maintaining a well-organized system of culverts and bridges on roadways that meet consistent and sufficient design standards to ensure water flows smoothly throughout the watershed.

2014 Water Excellence Award

The AWSA was awarded the prestigious 2014 Council of the Federation’s Excellence in Water Stewardship Award – Saskatchewan at the annual SK Association of Watersheds conference on March 20th. Canada’s premiers established this award to recognize the importance of water for both humans and the environment. It is presented in every province and territory in Canada. The award specifically acknowledges the AWSA’s remarkable efforts in helping agricultural producers make their operations more environmentally friendly through the Agri-Environmental Group Plan program. This program was available from 2009 to 2013 under Growing Forward. The AWSA received over 1400 project applications, covering more than 1400 land areas, with a total project cost exceeding $9.3 million.

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