Initiate a Full Environmental Assessment of the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project Proposed by the Quill Lakes Watershed Association
- Minister of Environment and the Minister of Water Security Agency of the Province of Saskatchewan
To reduce inflows in the Quill Lakes the Quill Lakes Watershed Association (The proponent) is proposing the Phase I Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project that would drain saline water from Kutawagan and Pel Lakes into Last Mountain Lake and thereby the rest of the Qu'Appelle River chain of Lakes. The Water Security Agency, despite their commitment to do so, has yet to close a single illegal drain flowing int the Quill Lakes Watershed as promised. The Ministry of Environment has reviewed the documents put forth by the proponent and determined that the project is not a "development" under the Environmental Assessment Act. The potential impacts to water quality are not fully known to the public and a thorough analysis of the short and long term impacts has not been completed. There is widespread public concern regarding the proponent's proposal due to a lack of transparency of the project, lack of public communication and a lack of consultation with Saskatchewan's citizens and Indigenous Peoples. There is also widespread concern regarding this drainage diversion project because of the potential environmental changes and have an affect on unique, rare and endangered feature of the environment.
We, in the prayer that reads as follows, respectfully request that the Minister of Environment and the Minister Responsible for the Water Security Agency of Saskatchewan:
Publicly Release all documents used to make the determination under the Environmental Assessment Act.
Deem the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project a "development" and therefore initiate a full environmental assessment of the project including public and Indigenous consultations.
Refuse to issue any permits or licenses, nor fund any activities under the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project proposal until a comprehensive, impartial Environmental Impact Assessment and Public and Indigenous consultations are completed.
The Initiate a Full Environmental Assessment of the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project Proposed by the Quill Lakes Watershed Association petition to Minister of Environment and the Minister of Water Security Agency of the Province of Saskatchewan was written by Colleen Stinson and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.