Telephone: 1.306.343.9549

The SSRWSI is a

grassroots, community driven, non-profit organization working within the watershed to implement programs and initiatives that will protect the water resource.

Contact us

99 A 2366 Avenue C North
(Norplex Business Centre)
Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X5

Telephone: 1.306.343.9549
Fax:1.306.343.9548
Email:info@southsaskriverstewards.ca

Resources for Agricultural Producers

Information for agricultural producers who wish to enact best management practices for environmental protection and stewardship on their farms.

 

Riparian and Wetland Management


Livestock Watering Systems in Saskatchewan: Producer Experiences

This document provides actual examples of livestock watering systems that producers in Saskatchewan are using. Having adequate supplies of high quality water for livestock is essential for successful livestock operations in Saskatchewan. Many producers use wetlands or dugouts as their main water source for livestock watering. Often these areas have increased animal pressure leading to heavy impacts on the shorelines that can reduce water quality.
Ducks Unlimited Canada, 2007


Economics of Riparian Area Management - Fact Sheet
Riparian areas are important econmomically to both cattle producers and society at large. What is profitable from a cattle production perspective provides the environmental services that society desires. Cattle producers can increase feed efficiency, weight gains and forage production while society receives increased water quality, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority


Health of Riparian Areas in Southern Saskatchewan - Fact Sheet

A large percentage of Saskatchewan’s riparian areas are in need of some form of improvement. The good noew is that a relatively small change in management with monitoring could improve a large percentage of area currently rated as “healthy with problems” to “healthy”.  Ecologists, landowners and the general public will need to continue to work together to understand and maintain this important resource.
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority


Riparian Area Management
Maintaining healthy riparian areas requires an understanding of how they function and how agricultural practices affect them. This publication provides information about the role of riparian areas in maintaining good water quality and how the careful management of riparian areas can provide sustainable forage for producers and improved water quality for all.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2000



Alternatives to Direct Access Livestock Watering
Clean water is a key factor in a healthy beef production system. There is a direct relationship between water intake and feed intake. This publication provides information on the impacts of direct watering of livestock on water quality and some of the management alternatives that exist for improving water quality by restricting animal accessto water bodies.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2001


Streambank Stewardship - A Saskatchewan Riparian Project

Effective management of riparian areas requires an understanding of how they function and how land-use practices affect them.This guide has been developed for Saskatchewan landowners who have rivers, streams and creeks flowing through their property. It is designed to provide information and assistance to landowners and others wishing to maintain healthy riparian areas. 

Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation, 1998


Managing Saskatchewan Wetlands - A Landowner's Guide
This guide has been produced for Saskatchewan landowners whose property contains wetlands. Its intent is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the value of wetlands, foster sustainable management of prairie land and water resources, and provide practical information to landowners on wetland management issues.

Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation, 2000


 

Agricuture and Water Quality
 

Pest Management and Water Quality
Developing effective pest management strategies ensures pest problems are monitored and assessed continually, while allowing for a more efficient use of imputs. This Publication provides information on the impact of pesticides on water quality and how the adoption of an Integrated Pest Management Plan can help improve your bottom line and reduce environmental risks.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2000


Prairie Water Quality Problems

The purpose of the Surface Water Quality Initiative (SWQI) was to seek affordable and dependable solutions to surface water quality problems encountered on Prairie farms. This publication summarizes this research and outlines the water quality issues prevalent on Prairie farms.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 1997



A Landowner's Guide to Water Well Management
As with any natural resource, groundwater supplies are not unlimited. They must be wisely managed and protected against undue exploitation and influence by contaminants. This guide is intended to provide domestic water well owners with a brief overview of groundwater, well construction, well management, and well decommissioning.




Quality Farm Dugouts

“Quality Farm Dugouts” is a workbook developed by Water Specialists from across the Canadian prairies. It is designed to help you develop and maintain your dugout water system so that it meets your needs for years to come. The workbook provides a systems approach to improving both the supply and quality of water starting with the dugout watershed and continuing to its final use. 
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, 2002  - visit website

Water Testing Contacts

A summary of water testing and management information for farm wells and dugouts available in Saskatchewan.


Sask H2O
SaskH2O.ca brings together, under one web address, information and services available from the Government of Saskatchewan that relate to water 

 

 

Manure Management


Bedding Master - Manure Composter
Reduce pollution from run-off while reducing your costs by using recycled manure as bedding for cows.
http://www.daritech.com/categories/manure/beddingmaster/




Stewardship and Economics of Cattle Wintering Sites
During winter, cattle need shelter, water and feed. Typically, these basic needs are met by providing a cattle-wintering site. Some cattle wintering sites are located near the riparian areas of rivers and streams. These locations provide shelter and water, but can affect water and land resources through the confinement of cattle and the resulting concentration of animals.
Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, 2003



 

Prairie Habitat Conservation


Re-building your Land with Native Grasses - A Producer's Guide
This guide provides information to assist farmers, ranchers and environmental agencies with native grass re-vegetation. These insights and guidelines are designed for readers who have a basic understanding about native grass revegetation.
 

 

 

 

Native Grass Fact Sheets

These fact sheets provide information on specific native grasses to help producers with native grass re-vegetation efforts. Information includes identification features, prefered environmental conditions, forage values and where seeds are available.
 


 


Beneficial Management Practices for Species at Risk

This fact sheet describes management practices that can help several species at risk including burrowing owls, piping plovers and loggerhead shrikes.
Nature Saskatchewan




A Land Manager's Guide to Grassland Birds of Saskatchewan

This guide has two goals. The first is to provide ranchers with basic information on the identification, habitat and biology of grassland birds. The second is to provide information on how pasture management influences grassland birds and their habitat. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority





At Home on the Range - Living with Saskatchewan's Prairie Species at Risk

Species at risk and the native habitats that support them are a valuable and important part of our prairie heritage, as is ranching and farming. This publication is a tool for landowners, leaseholders and others who manage land on Saskatchewan’s prairies. It describes many suggested actions that land managers can take to help species at risk and ensure that they continue to thrive and provide us with many benefits.
Nature Saskatchewan, 2009


A Landowner's Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences:

How to Build a Fence with Wildlife in Mind
Fences can be barriers and traps for wildlife, from big game animals to birds, causing injury and unnecessary fatalities. Animal damage to fences is also costly and frustrating for landowners.By tailoring your fence design and placement, you can prevent injury to wild animals and lessen wildlife damage to your fence.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 2008



Plant Identification Field Guides

Includes Common Range Plants of Southern Saskatchewan , Common Range Plants of Northern Saskatchewan , Common Riparian Plants of Saskatchewan and Common Seeded Plants for Forage and Reclamation in Saskatchewan .

Saskatchewan Forage Council
 

 


Noxious Weed Fact Sheet - Absinthe

Nationwide invasive plants cost the agriculture community $2.2 Billion (CFIA). As a landowner you have a legal obligation to keep noxious weeds controlled.
South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards AEGP, 2013






Information on noxious and invasive weeds, their control, and integrated pest management.

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Agriculture





Sask Agri-Map

Sask Agri-Map is an interactive GIS mapping website that will provide the agricultural community in Saskatchewan with a central source of geospatial information. Access to this comprehensive library of digital land and water information provides producers, regional groups and municipalities with a greater capacity to make informed decisions on the landscape.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
 


 

Funding and Incentives


AEGP - Agri-Environmental Group Plans
Funding and compensation for agricultural producers who wish to enact best management practices

South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards

Landowner Programs

Programs that reward landowners for the environmental benefits of their operations
Ducks Unlimited Canada  

Can-Sask Farm Stewardship Program (CSFSP)

Cost-Shared Incentives for Beneficial Management Practices

PCAB, Agricuture and Agri-Food Canada, Sask Ministry of Agriculture

Environmental Farm Plans

EFP programs are designed to address agricultural risks to the environment.
Provincial Council of Agriculture Development and Diversification Boards for Saskatchewan Inc. (PCAB)

Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program

Funding for wells, pipelines and dugouts.

Government of Saskatchewan


Solar or Wind-powered Water Pump Grant

SaskPower offers a grant of 50 per cent of costs above $500, to a maximum of $500, toward the purchase and installation of a complete solar or wind-powered water pumping system for farm livestock watering facilities.

SaskPower

 

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