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Pamela Martin - Wed. , May 19, 7:00 pm
The Rights of Nature
Pamela Martin [1] teaches at the Coastal Carolina University Department of Politics. Her research and writing focus on global environmental politics, energy, sustainable development, plus international relations and policy.
Martin is also the Executive Director and founder of the United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, housed on main Campus in historic Georgetown, South Carolina.
Pamela Martin has written and edited numerous books and articles in her field, including "Ending the Fossil Fuel Era" for which she and her co-editors received the Best Book Award for Environmental Studies from the International Studies Association. She has recently released a new book about the legal tools needed to protect our lakes.
[1] Ph. D from Maryland University
Peter Leavitt - Wed., May 26, 7:00 pm

What Controls Water Quality in Saskatchewan Lakes?
Peter Leavitt [1] is the founder and Research Chair of Canada's ICES, the Institute of Environmental Change and Society.

Dr. Leavitt is also a professor of Biology at the University of Regina, where he has published dozens of research papers. This session is your chance to ask a genuine expert to explain why our lakes aren't as clear as they once were.
The main themes and advances of Peter’s research include:
  • The use of pigments from algae and bacteria as indicators of environmental change,
  • Research that shows how lake ecosystems are regulated by the influx of nitrogen from external sources.
  • Investigations about how lakes regulate climatic processes and how, in turn, climate influences lakes and society.
  • Studies about the unique and interactive effects of humans and climate on lakes.
[1] B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D,
Jeri Geiger - Wed., June 2, 7:00 pm
Keeping Invasive Species out of our Lakes
Jeri Geiger, was a conservation officer [1] who was part of a group of officers sponsored by Sask Environment to visit Minnesota when that state was grappling with an invasion of Zebra Mussels - where she received training in watercraft inspection and decontamination which she used to develop a similar program for Saskatchewan.
In 2018, Jeri Geiger was appointed as Sask Environment's Invasive Species Coordinator.
Geiger has achieved much in her zeal to keep invasive species out of our lakes. She has worked with and trained:
  • Provincial Conservation Officers and Parks Staff,
  • Border Services Officers with the Canada Border Service Agency, and
  • Her own cadre of inspectors who make up the watercraft inspection section of the Aquatic Invasive Species program.
Geiger also chairs the provincial AIS Task Force that works with representatives from 5 Ministries, the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, Sask Power, Sask Water, Canada Border Services, Provincial Parks, the Water Security Agency, and numerous community group . Here's your chance to ask Jeri about the main issues that she and her staff have encountered in keeping our lakes free of damaging species, the location and staffing of inspection stations, along with the changes that will need to be made once the US border reopens after the Covid crises.
[1] BSc., U of R, Working out of the Estevan Office
Joe Jozsa - Wed., June 9, 7:00 pm
Using your OCP to Protect your Lake and Lakeshore
Joe Jozsa [1] has worked as an operations forester and park planner. Prior to retirement, he was a chief of Master Planning in the prairie provinces for Parks Canada and director of provincial park planning in Sask. Jozsa was once a member of the Ecotourism Society of Sask. and conducted accreditation reviews.
Jozsa is a registered community planner (RPPS and CIP) and provides consulting in community planning. He has worked with a number of resort villages either to help them develop their Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw, or to help them to review, and where required, to revise these documents. He believes that the best way to protect our lakeshores is for cottage communities to build their expectations into their OCPs and Zoning Bylaws.
[1] B. Sc. F. at UBC and M. Sc. at Colorado S.U.
Panel Presentation - Wed., June 16, 7:00 pm

A Discussion on Waterways, Wetlands & Stewardship

Understanding how the Lakes and Waterways of Southern Saskatchewan are Connected and Managed

BOB HALLIDAY, is a Professional Engineer, and is the President of Halliday & Associates.

Bob has practised as a consulting engineer in Saskatoon for about 20 years. He previously worked for Environment Canada and is a former director of Canada’s National Hydrology Research Centre.

His interests include interjurisdictional water management, floodplain management, and effects of climate change on water resources.

Bob has appeared in court as an expert witness on flooding and drainage issues. He is the author of the flooding chapter in a recent Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment.

Watershed Stewardship Activities that Protect Source Water and Water Quality in your Lake.

ALICE DAVIS has been the Watershed Manager with the Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards for the last 5 years.

Alice is a resident in the Qu'Appelle Watershed and resides in the Resort Village of Bird's Point. She has worked with the Cowesses First Nation Land Development. She understands the impacts of water quality on the Qu'Appelle River Watershed.

As a stewardship Manager, Alice faces many challenges with the six recreational lakes in the watershed.

Alice is proud to be "chasing the challenge", along with many of her friends, from the Craven Dam to the Manitoba Border.

An Introduction to Wetlands and Farmland Drainage in Saskatchewan.

JEFF OLSON is the Managing Director of the Citizens' Environmental Alliance.

Jeff holds a recognized Environmental Professional (EP) designation in Natural Resource Management. He is a principal in Mind's Eye Consulting (Sask) which is involved in watershed management, Environmental law enforcement, and current water issues Sask.

Jeff is a retired public servant of 36 years in the environmental field. He has extensive knowledge regarding farmland drainage and wetland loss as a Conservation Officer throughout the province, as a Wetlands Specialist in the Parkland Eco-region and, in the last fourteen years of his career, as a Watershed Planner with Water Security Agency.

Jeff ranches in the Beaver Hills area of west central Saskatchewan.
We all love our lakes. and our lakeshores. Let's learn together about how to keep them healthy and safe.
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