The Water Security Agency (WSA) has made a big announcement that $700,000 will go to Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers to speed up responsible agricultural water management projects.
"Effective water management may be one of the most important factors driving Saskatchewan's growth in the next 20 years," Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency Jeremy Cockrill said. "This funding will help address barriers producers experience when working toward an approved project that will strengthen their operations while supporting healthy watersheds and protecting infrastructure."
Candidates can gain up to $95,000 per project based on a cost-sharing approach. It can be used for qualified person’s support, engineering and technical costs, and rehabilitation and mitigation work for new agricultural water management projects. Applications will open on July 1st.
The Agricultural Water Management Fund is a pilot program that aids WSA’s Agricultural Water Management Strategy with the goal to assist farmers and ranchers in creating responsibly managed and sustainable agricultural water management networks concentrated on controlling and organizing water flow. They also hope to mitigate the impacts on the quality of water, flooding, and wetland habitats.
"We thank the Water Security Agency for providing this critical support," SaskFSA President Myles Thorpe said. "This funding will help many producers across Saskatchewan responsibly manage water challenges and help advance more coordinated agricultural water management projects that will benefit everyone."
The WSA continues to engage with landowners to create constructive policies that encourage economic growth, prosperous communities, and resilient watersheds.
For more information about the Agricultural Water Management Fund, please visit wsask.ca.