(20 April 2011)
New Provincial Parks and Spring Flooding Update
After a rather long and cold winter, it’s nice to feel the warmer weather now upon us. Saskatchewan is a beautiful province offering many outdoor recreational activities year-round. Saskatchewan’s parks have seen a huge increase in demand in recent years. Your government, therefore, will be expanding the provincial park system by adding more parks. Consultations will begin shortly on proposed locations at Emma/Anglin Lakes and the Porcupine Hills area. More information is available here. This is part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen the entire park system in Saskatchewan, including increased funding for regional parks.
The downside of warmer spring weather is, of course, the potential for spring flooding. After a heavy winter snowfall and an already saturated land from a wet 2010, there was significant potential for widespread problems this spring. Due to this, in late winter we announced the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program that enabled municipalities to do some proactive work to mitigate this risk before the snow started melting. I was happy to see that most municipalities in this constituency took advantage of the program and were able to access provincial assistance in getting some proactive work done. While there have been a few trouble spots and some property owners have had localized flooding issues this spring, I believe a lot of good work was done that minimized what could have been a much worse situation. Work continues as well on plans that will mitigate potential for flooding in future years.
Hats off to all those city, town and RM employees who have worked tirelessly and for many long hours to clear ditches and culverts to allow the water to flow away from homes and farmyards.
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