The Swift Flowing River: February 2019
A South Saskatchewan River Watershed Steward E-Newsletter
Do Your Municipal Employees Use Pesticides?
If so, when they clean out their equipment and containers, how do they dispose of their rinsate? An economical and environmental solution is a biobed.

A Biobed is a containment system filled with a biomix of straw, soil and compost used to degrade pesticide rinsate. Naturally occurring bacteria and fungi break down the rinsate resulting in water that has 98% of the pesticide removed (in a two-tank system).

What you Need:
  • Container for the biobed mix.
  • Soil, straw, compost mix.
  • A holding tank to store rinsate and a system to allow that rinsate to drip into the biobed mix.
  • A system to remove the excess water once it has filtrated through the biobed mixture.

If you are interested in more information on biobeds, please contact the South Sask River Watershed Stewards at or call 306-343-9549.
Nearly 120 million cubic metres of untreated sewage and runoff entered Canadian waterways in 2016. That is roughly the same amount of water that roars over the edge of Niagara Falls over the course of 12 hours. Learn about source water protection by reading this Source Water Protection fact sheet.
SSRWSI Annual General Meeting
March 29, 2019, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
200 Mike Sands Blvd.
Martensville, SK
Central and West Watershed Advisory Committee Meetings
February 22, 2019, 2:00 PM
Lower Elks Hall
207 3rd Street West
Kyle, SK
You’ve contributed to some impressive recycling and waste reduction in our province in 2017:

  • More than 400 million beverage containers recycled through SARCAN
  • More than 409,000 litres of paint collected and diverted from landfills
  • More than 2,200 tonnes of waste electronics collected and recycled
  • More than 18 million litres of used oil and almost two million oil filters recycled
  • Over 480 municipalities have blue box recycling programs, leading to more than 41,250 tonnes of printed paper and packaging materials recycled
  1. Pay attention to those dripping sounds and fix the leak(s).
  2. Reduce toilet tank capacity (replace it with a water efficient toilet or retrofit it to decrease the amount of water it uses).
  3. Replace your showerhead with a water efficient model. This saves as much as six gallons of water per minute!
  4. Install faucet aerators.
  5. Take shorter showers and wash hands using only as much water flow as you really need.
  6. Never run the dishwasher or washing machine without a full load.
  7. Turn off the taps while brushing your teeth.
  8. Ensure your sprinklers only spray on the areas that need water.
  9. Take your car to a car wash that recycles the water.
  10. Use a broom or blower to clean your driveway.
March 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kenaston Place
Kenaston, SK


  • Weed Control Act
  • Weed inspector rights and responsibilities
  • Invasive plant control program
  • Weeds to watch for
  • Challenges of being the weed inspector

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Kerry Lowndes
2018 SSRWSI Members
Urban Municipalities

City of Martensville
City of Saskatoon
Resort Village of Shields
Resort Village of Thode
Town of Cudworth
Town of Kindersley
Town of Leader
Town of Osler
Town of Rosthern
Village of Alvena
Village of Loreburn

Special Interest Group

Meewasin Valley Authority
Rural Municipalities

RM of Chesterfield No 261
RM of Corman Park No 344
RM of Deer Forks No 232
RM of Excelsior
RM of Fertile Valley No 285
RM of Fish Creek No 402
RM of Happyland No 231
RM of Hoodoo No 401
RM of Kindersley No 290
RM of Lacadena No 228
RM of Loreburn No 254
RM of Miry Creek No 229
RM of Montrose No 315
RM of Newcombe No 260
RM of Prince Albert No 461
RM of Rosthern No 403
RM of Saskatchewan Landing No 167
RM of Snipe Lake No 259
RM of Victory No 226
The South Saskatchewan River Watershed
The South Saskatchewan River Watershed is the second largest watershed in Saskatchewan, covering 35,000 km2. The South Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan is 715 km long, from the Alberta border to the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers at "The Forks" just east of Prince Albert. It supports nearly half of Saskatchewan's total population as a source for municipal and private drinking water. The Watershed includes 54 Rural Municipalities and 81 communities, including the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville.
Watershed Coordinators, Agri-Environmental Technical Services

Marketing Communications Manager
SSRWSI Board of Directors
West Watershed Area
Lorne Janzen, Town of Kindersley
Craig Tondevold, Town of Leader

Lake Diefenbaker Watershed Area
Harold Martens, RM of Excelsior
Les Ferguson, Pike Lake Cottage and Watershed Association

North Watershed Area
Ben Buhler, Town of Osler
Randy Donauer, City of Saskatoon
Debbie McGuire, City of Martensville
Wayne Acorn, RM of Prince Albert
Judy Harwood, RM of Corman Park
Renny Grilz, Meewasin Valley Authority
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Groups of Interest
South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards Inc.
2366 Avenue C North (Norplex Business Centre), Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5
Phone: 1 (306) 343-9549