The North Saskatchewan River Basin Council has been approved for funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program for the organization’s project “Emma Lake Action and Understanding.”
The project’s aim is at mitigating the impacts negatively affecting water quality at Emma Lake, primarily nutrient loading. The NSRBC is partnering with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the District of Lakeland on the project, which has been underway since April 2019 and will continue until March 2021. One main piece of the project will collect and analyze water quality data from Emma Lake to examine how erosion, boating activity and other shoreline activities impact the lake. The other piece of the project will involve nine shoreline restoration projects and an education campaign to engage Emma Lake users on how they can reduce their impact on the lake. With this funding as of this spring, NSRBC will enhance the water quality monitoring and promote and do shoreline restoration and educational projects.
NSRBC has also been approved for funding from Indigenous Services Canada’s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for the organization’s project “Muskeg Lake Cree Nation: A Story of Community and Climate.” The project’s aim is to extensively engage the community of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation (to better understand the potential impacts of climate change events to increase the community’s resilience. The North Saskatchewan River Basin Council is partnering with the Prince Albert Model Forest and the Saskatoon Tribal Council to support Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in this initiative. The project will include engaging youth by the sharing of traditional knowledge from the Elders and the development of a storybook and short film. The project also includes updating the community’s Emergency Response Plan and installing a weather station. The project started in April 2019 and will continue until March 2020.