Environmental groups in Saskatchewan say they’re concerned over a new drainage policy they believe threatens ecosystems.
The groups say the provincial government’s Agricultural Water Management Policy would allow farms to drain more wetlands and in effect put habitats, people and municipal infrastructure at risk downstream.
Many farmers in Saskatchewan have been illegally draining water from wetlands over the years so they can grow more crops, helping them pay for land and equipment that’s become increasingly expensive.
The Water Security Agency is developing the policy and says it’s meant to bring unpermitted drainage into compliance.
The agency has indicated the policy would retain current drainage and allow further development if done responsibly.
It’s also working on a strategy for wetlands that would ensure habitats are supported.