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Improved farm land drainage gets $5 million

The announcement was made at the recent SARM convention
farm drainage stock

The Saskatchewan Government has put $5 million into improved land drainage in the province.

The money goes to the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA) to assist with the provincial water management strategy.

The province has promised to crack down on illegal drainage and has taken a district approach to the issue with local conservation districts or water boards forming their own plan for approval after consulting with property owners.

The 96 conservation districts and 13 water association boards control 4.5 million acres of land — less than half the total farmed land.

So far in the 2018-19 year the new approach has brought 130,000 acres into compliance with regulations — an increase of five times from the 2014-15 year.

The funding was announced at the mid-term convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

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