RM of Baildon Agriculture Water Management

Located just south of Moose Jaw, we are working with a massive amount of land and over one hundred land owners, government agencies (both local, provincial, and federal) to address concerns with agricultural drainage, water quality, and flow controls in the project area.

Located within the boundaries of the royal municipality of Baildon #131 (just southeast of Moose Jaw) this agriculture water management project falls into a high priority area for addressing agricultural drainage in Saskatchewan. With almost 250 quarter sections, and over one hundred land owners, this is a large undertaking. We are partnering with Federal, Provincial, and local governments as well as major stakeholders and landowners to complete the preliminary assessment and permit application process on a very large scale. In short, this presents a unique opportunity to address concerns with agricultural drainage, water quality, and flow controls within the project area.

RM of Baildon Water Testing:

In August 2020, the MJRWS began testing water bodies within the boundaries of the R.M. of Baildon Agricultural Management Project. Due to a lack of initial spring runoff and a lack of precipitation the testing was restricted to two water bodies. The goal was to establish a baseline in which water quality can be compared to over the duration of the project. The following parameters were tested turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and nitrate and phosphorous levels. A second round of water testing was conducted in October.

Baildon Agriculture Water Management Open House

In October and November the MJRWS ran three open houses. The purpose of these open houses was to meet one-on-one with landowners and to discuss mapping that had been done for their quarter section(s).This gave landowners the opportunity to discuss flow patterns and to identify issues they may be having with drainage and water retention. 

Water Security Agency (WSA) Survey of Channels and Flow Runs

On November 5th, the MJRWS assisted the WSA with the surveying of two locations along the network. The purpose was to measure the size of the channel and to identify vegetation. Using that information, the WSA will determine if the channel will be able to withstand the estimated flow velocity, flow rate, and quantity of water that will travel through the channel. To prevent erosion the WSA may revegetate some areas, restructure the slopes of channels, or place gates to reduce the velocity of flow.


August 6, 2020 | Carmen Kaweski