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

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

Telephone: 1.306.343.9549


 Water Quality in the South SK River Basin

This report identifies key sources of land use or human activity which can adversely impact water quality in the South Saskatchewan River. This study was conducted by a Masters of Environmental Science Candidate Amanda Burke and operated in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan School of environment and Sustainability, with support from the City of Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Authority, and the Provincial Ministries of Environment and Agriculture.

Cover Page

Table of Contents

I. Introduction to the South Saskatchewan River Basin
II. Project Overview

III. Understanding Water Quality

IV. Characteristics of Water Quality in the South Saskatchewan River

V. Water Quality Benchmarking for the South Saskatchewan River

VI. Land Use Risk Assessment

VII. Water Quality Monitoring Program Design
VIII. Benificial Management Practices


Fish Habitat Study of Tributary Creeks to the South Saskatchewan River

This report documents a fish habitat study of several creeks including Opimihaw, Red Deer, Fish, Coteau, Snakebite and Brightwater/Beaver. The purpose of the study was to derive a sense of fish utilization within the aquatic ecosystem of creeks that flow into the South Saskatchewan River and to provide a base knowledge of areas of important fish habitats.
South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, 2012

Lake Diefenbaker Water Quality Report – MidSask/WaterWolf

This study focuses on the nutrient content (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus) and nutrient limitation of algal growth in Lake Diefenbaker.
Giesy et al. Toxicology  Centre, University of Saskatchewan, 2009


State of the Saskatchewan River Basin Report (2009) (PFSRB)
This report examines the overall condition of the Saskatchewan River Basin in regards to aspects such as hydrology, water use, water quality, and biodiversity using currently available data and information.

The Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin, 2009


State of the Watershed Report
This report uses indicators to assess the current health of Saskatchewan's watersheds, provide information about human activities that impact the environment within watersheds, and evaluate the effectiveness of the management activities. All of this information is presented in an easy-to-understand report card format.
Davies, H., and P.T. Hanley. Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, 2010


Canada's Rivers At Risk - WWF Report
The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the diversity of existing and potential threats to environmental flows in Canada's rivers (including the South Saskatchewan River), and to highlight examples of where efforts have been made to mitigate these issues and where they remain unaddressed.
World Wildlife Fund, 2009

SaskWater Water Quality Reports - 2010  |  2011
SaskWater owns and operates seven water treatment plants and nine water transmission systems in Saskatchewan. These reports contains a summary of drinking water quality data for SaskWater-owned water systems. It also contains the monitoring and testing requirements SaskWater must meet, as well as information on the water treatment process, drinking water parameters and effects, and water quality issues.


Water Quality Outlook
This report presents a snapshot of global water quality issues as they relate to achieving the internationally agreed goals on water, sanitation and biodiversity.

Prepared and published by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), GEMS/Water, UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), 2007


Cross-Canada Checkup - A Canadian Perspective on Our Water Future
This report offers a perspective on current and emerging water challenges and priorities across Canada through the presentation of issues heard and discussed at the forum for Leadership on Water’s (FLOW) national discussion series tour “Northern Voices, Southern Choices: Water Policy Lessons for Canada,” held in fall 2011.  By Jesse Baltutis & Timothy Shah with Oliver M. Brandes, Nancy Goucher, Deborah Harford & Robert Sandford, May 2010.


An impending water crisis in Canada’s western prairie provinces
This report predicst that in the near future climate warming, via its effects on glaciers, snowpacks, and evaporation, will combine with cyclic drought and rapidly increasing human activity in the Western Prairie Provinces to cause a crisis in water quantity and quality with far-reaching implications.

D. W. Schindler & W. F. Donahue, 2006


Water in a Changing World - The United Nations World Water Develpment Report
It is well known that water is life; what this Report shows is that water also means livelihoods. It is the route out of poverty for individuals and communities. Managing water is essential if the world is to achieve sustainable development.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2009.

Threats to Sources of Drinking Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Health in Canada
This report gives the current status, trends, knowledge and program needs for each threat to drinking water and aquatic ecosystems.

Environment Canada, 2001

Presentation - From the Mountains to the Sea
(as presented by Bob Halliday, Consultin Engineer, at the 2010 North WAC Meeting)

Watershed Advisory Committee Meeting 2010
Chief Exec. Officer Presentation

Water Availability in Saskatchewan
(as presented by Jim Gerhart of Sask Watershed Authority at the 2010 SSRWSI AGM)


History of the Eston-Kindersley Waterline
(as presented by Gary Johnson, Town of Eston Administrator at the 2010 West WAC Meeting)

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