The Wascana Watershed is one of the smallest in Saskatchewan with a land area of 3870 square km, or about 1% of Saskatchewan's total area, but contains over 20% of the province's population.
Because it contains the City of Regina, it has the largest population density of any Saskatchewan watershed. That means our impacts are even greater than in other areas.
Water features in the Wascana Watershed include Wascana Creek and Wascana Lake, Cottonwood Creek and Manybones Creek.
Wascana Creek begins near Davin, southeast of Regina and flows southeast, then loops around to the west, through Wascana Lake in the City of Regina and then enters the Qu'Appelle River outside of Lumsden.
Wascana Creek wanders through its course. As the crow flies it is 185 km long, but it travels a distance of 272 km.
The Creek's elevation drops 215 m from 695 m above sea level at its headwaters to 480 m above sea level at its outlet in the Qu'Appelle Valley.
Wascana Lake was created out of a marsh in the 1880's to provide water for steam locomotives for the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was deepened as a public works project in the Great Depression of the 1930's, and then again in the "Big Dig" of 2003-2004.
Wascana Lake and Creek are the heart of the Wascana Centre, one of North America's largest urban parks, and serves as home to the Saskatchewan Legislature and other major public buildings, as a recreational centre for all Reginans, and is home to a large bird sanctuary.
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