Watershed Stewards partner to resume Last Mountain Lake water quality testing

Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) and the Last Mountain Lake Stewardship Group have signed an agreement that will lead to the resumption of a water quality monitoring program for Last Mountain Lake. Provincial program funding for the testing program ended in 2008.

WUQWATR will provide $5,000 for the purchase of water quality testing equipment, from project funding provided by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority. The Last Mountain Lake Stewardship Group (LMLSG) will provide volunteers to collect the samples, and have located private sector funding to pay for laboratory analysis.

“ Building working partnerships is a key priority for us”, said WUQWATR Board Chair Fred Clipsham, “ We are very pleased to be able to work with the Last Mountain Lake Stewards to find a way to resume their water quality testing program. Many people live adjacent to the lake and they need to be confident in the quality of Last Mountain Lake water.”

“The Last Mountain Lake Stewardship Group is very pleased to partner with WUQWATR to enable us to continue our Water Quality Monitoring Program. This volunteer based program provides valuable information to both public and private interests on the health of the Last Mountain Lake Watershed”, said group spokesperson Tom Fulcher. “Since 2002, water samples have been collected and analyzed, providing an important record of the condition of Last Mountain Lake. This information will be extremely helpful in maintaining the health of the lake, now and in the future. Without this valuable funding, the Water Quality Monitoring Program was in serious jeopardy of ending, at a time when many new developments are placing additional stresses on the lake”, Fulcher concluded.

WUQWATR is an independent non-profit water stewardship agency that has been formed to oversee the implementation of the Upper Qu’Appelle and Wascana source water protection plan, “Getting to the Source” which contains 82 actions to protect water resources over a large portion of southern Saskatchewan.

The Last Mountain Lake Stewardship Group was formed by local residents to help maintain and improve the condition of Last Mountain Lake and to preserve its quality for future generations.

For more information contact:
Duane Haave
General Manager, WUQWATR