REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Critic for the Water Security Agency Erika Ritchie introduced Bill 615, An Act respecting Comprehensive Wetland Conservation Policy.
“We’re not asking the government for a lot here, just to develop a wetlands policy similar to those already in existence in Manitoba and Alberta,” said Ritchie. “Not only are wetlands our best natural carbon sink, they reduce the impact of flooding and drought, something we’ve been all too familiar with here in the Prairies.”
Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada without a wetland conservation policy. Ritchie’s bill, if passed, would require the province to develop such a policy. The bill specifies that the policy must be informed by meaningful consultation with agricultural producers, recreational and traditional users, water experts, and others.
The Provincial Auditor has flagged the need to develop policies around wetland retention and water quality. Saskatchewan municipalities have also created their own policies and have called for a unified provincial strategy.
“There is no reason to be the only province without a wetlands conservation policy. This is a great opportunity for this government to show the people of this province that they are listening,” said Ritchie. “Our families deserve to enjoy this beautiful province for years to come.”