SWIFT CURRENT CREEK WATERSHED STEWARDS
Incorporated November 2001

MISSION:
Enhance water quality and stream health of the Swift Current Creek watershed by promoting awareness and understanding among water users.

Goals:
  • Educate users of the Swift Current Creek watershed on a continuous basis about issues and impacts that affect water quality.
  • Monitor water quality and riparian health to assist in co-operative solutions regarding water management issues.
  • Foster an attitude of individual responsibility toward watershed stewardship.

A stakeholder is any individual or group who has a stake in the health of Swift Current Creek Watershed. These stakeholders include urban and rural residents, ranchers, farmers, hunters, fishers, and dairies and anyone who relies on the watershed. The Swift Current Creek Watershed is the area of land that drains water into Swift Current Creek, beginning just northeast of Eastend and emptying into the South Saskatchewan River north of Stewart Valley.
In October of 1998 Sask Water, Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM), Sask Ag, Saskatchewan Wetlands Conservation Corporation (SWCC), Community Health and PFRA representatives got together to address concern with water quality raised by the City of Swift Current in relation to increased treatment costs. In January 1999, the PFRA reported that their analysis of the water quality data indicated that there was no obvious decrease in water quality at the City reservoir. The group decided that promoting stream stewardship values and increasing water quality monitoring would still be a beneficial activity, regardless of the data analysis results. The focus of the group turned to monitoring on the creek and educational activities.
In March 1999, raw effluent spilled from the City of Swift Current lagoons into the Swift Current Creek. SERM fined the City of Swift Current $25,000 with the provision that the City would pay $5000 per year for five years to forming and leading a stream stewardship group which would address riparian and water quality issues in the watershed.
The first order of business was to alleviate the fears of stakeholders regarding the false impression that this was a “fence the creek” group. A community meeting was planned for January 2001 and the topic was “Riparian Stewardship.” Many interested parties were in attendance, from cottage associations, to RM’s, to Wildlife groups. All related government agencies were in attendance and gave an outline of what input or service they offered regarding watershed or stream stewardship. All stakeholders in attendance felt that further meetings, in regard to stewardship, would be valuable and a steering committee was appointed to discuss future options for the group. This original steering committee included volunteers from areas around the watershed and government representatives.
The Rural Municipalities within the Watershed are:
Arlington #79Lac Pelletier #107Gull Lake #139Piapot #110Bone Creek #108Coulee #136Excelsior #166
Sask Landing #167Grassy Creek #78White Valley #49Webb #138Carmichael #109Swift Current #137
Cities/Towns/Villages/Hamlets in the Swift Current Creek Watershed are:
Darlings BeachHerbertRush LakeShaunavonSimmieStewart ValleySwift CurrentWaldeck
The Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards regard education as the key to positive creek stewardship. To enforce this principle, the SCCWS created an educational program called Frog Hoppers which is delivered free-of-charge to youth ages 6-14. Frog Hoppers is a hands-on workshop that is delivered creek side which educates youth on the importance of healthy riparian areas, watershed flora and fauna and the impact our actions can have on watershed health. Each workshop is tailored to not only the age group of each participating class, but also to the student’s current knowledge of the subject. For example, students in grade 1 and 2 learn through interactive games suited to them and a student in grade 6 would do interactive games suited to them. Regardless of the age, the SCCWS aim for the Frog Hoppers workshops to be fun as well as educational. All participating classes are given the opportunity to identify flora, antlers, animal skulls and pelts, and if students wish, the chance to enter the creek to search for macroinvertebrates.
Workshop evaluation sheets, completed by teachers, provided the SCCWS with very positive feedback, indicating that students left with a strong sense of appreciation for our watershed & requesting that these workshops be offered in subsequent years.
The information compiled for this map was shared by many people throughout the watershed. Thanks to Wally Envik for time and help in gathering information on Rock Creek and the history of the project to clean up the sewage discharge into the creek at Shaunavon. Thanks also to Judy Rudd who tirelessly compiled information and took photos to bring the iMap to life.
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