Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe made a major funding announcement concerning flood mitigation at the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) annual convention being held this year at Saskatoon.
Moe says that there are 96 Conservation and Development Authorities and 13 water association boards, which operate under the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association (SCDA), and provide flood control for approximately 4.5 million acres of farmland. The province has pledged $5 million to help the work of the SCDA and expand the number of authorities and boards working on water management.
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) president, Todd Lewis, says the initiative has some very good features, “We are particularly pleased that the new funding will allow for the organization of new group projects and will support water management with additional support, and this means the goal of permitting all existing agricultural water projects is much more realistic.”
During the bear-pit session that followed Moe’s prepared remarks, convention attendees expressed support for the increased funding, but asked that water management remain a high priority for the government.
Concerns about mental health were top of mind for many delegates, as well. Several questions came from the floor about the issue, and multiple cabinet ministers took turns responding. The Premier stated that the upcoming budget would have new funding and initiatives to deal with several aspects of mental health.
Other topics discussed at the event include abandoned oil wells, concern for the welfare of first responders, and cell reception in rural areas.