PARCS UPDATE #152 - LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD
Take a moment to see what we learned this spring.
June 13, 2021
Stroll through some QUOTES from this spring.
Feb. 23, 2021 - "This recognition will promote the protection of the river's ecosystems and allow our local communities to share and preserve their recreational activities," said a spokesperson for the Rural Municipality."
Press release about the Magpie River in Quebec.

April 22, 2021 - Waters across our country are under threat.”
5-page letter from newly formed Canada Water Agency.
 
May 12, 2021 - "Research findings about Humboldt Lake suggest that the nutrient content of Humboldt Lake has been increasing since the 1960’s. Humboldt Lake has a phosphate concentration that is 6 to 10 times higher than what is a healthy lake. There are two significant contributors, wastewater and agriculture.”    Report in Discover Humboldt, quoted in PARCS UPDATE #147.2

May 19, 2021 - “A Guardianship Council would have representation from rural municipalities, resort villages, organized hamlets, cottage-owner-associations and other groups around a particular lake. It would be an organization whose main priority would be to make statements of principle to guide all players whose actions would have an impact on the health of the lake.”
Paraphrase based on presentation by Pamela Martin.

May 19, 2021 - “Ecosystems have the right to exist and thrive.”
Quote from Pamela Martin.

May 19, 2021 - “Saskatchewan has lost 70% of its wetlands.”
Quote from an attendee at Pamela Martin’s seminar.

May 26, 2021 - “Whereas city wastewater once contributed 70% of the nutrients in lakes, now the largest contributors are agricultural run-off.”
Paraphrase of words from Peter Leavitt.

May 26, 2021 - “Leavitt published a paper last year that found toxins were present in the Qu'Appelle lakes during far more days of the summer than 15 years earlier. Toxin levels in the lakes, at times, were above recreational advisory levels, his paper said. The algae blooms are also fed by phosphorus and nitrates released into the water system from municipal wastewater plants or through runoff from agricultural operations.” Report in CBC News
re interview with Peter Leavitt.

May 31, 2021 - “Blue-green algae blooms in the Qu’Appelle Valley lakes are showing up earlier and are lasting longer. The biotoxin produced by blue-green algae blooms is dangerous to livestock and pets and has been associated with liver dysfunction in people.”
Report in CKRM News about interview with Peter Leavitt.

June 2, 2021 -   “Invasive Species are those that would negatively impact the biodiversity of Saskatchewan species. Prussian Carp are one of about 25 such species.Presentation by Jeri Geiger, Saskatchewan Invasive Species Coordinator.

June 2, 2021 - “The province called an alert because it was found that tiny Zebra Mussels were hitchhiking into western Canada, hidden among moss ball that are used in aquariums.”
Presentation by Jeri Geiger, Saskatchewan Invasive Species Coordinator.

June 2, 2021 - “Saskatchewan has been successful in keeping Zebra mussels out of our lakes because co-ordinator Jeri Geiger, with meager personnel resources of her own, has trained and enlisted the help of staff in provincial parks, along with border services officers and conservation officers.”
Lynne Saas, re: Jeri's success in keeping invasive species out of the province.

June 9, 2021 - Sustainable development means development that not only meets the needs the present citizens but also that will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
“There can be no trade-off on the dedicated lands along a lakeshore.”
“Open space areas must be maintained so as to preserve the rura character of
the lakeshore. Joe Jozsa, speaking on using your OCP and Zoning Bylaw
to Protect the Lake and Lakeshore.
Bob Halliday, Professional Engineer will help us understand the hydrological characteristics of Southern Saskatchewan. He will show us how our lakes and waterways are connected and managed.

Alice Davis, Watershed Manager, will describe activities that protect source water and water quality in your lake.

Jeff Olson, Director of the Citizens Environmental Alliance, will tell us why wetlands are important to farmers and to the health of our lakes.