If your travels this weekend take you around Buffalo Pound Lake or Lake Diefenbaker, you may notice a difference in the water level.
The Water Security Agency is doing some annual channel maintenance work on the Qu’Appelle River.
The level of Buffalo Pound Lake has gone higher, while water flow through the Qu’Appelle River has been stopped temporarily.
Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency says this annual clean-up is necessary.
“It’s kind of a number of benefits that help us on the water supply side, and then also aquatic habitat, and then at the end of the day, long-term wise, looking at it, it helps improve water quality in the channel.”
Boyle says the work needs to be done each year in order to mostly clean up a pesky weed called Milfoil.
“What that does is that grows in there, and then over time you get these rainfalls, and that just kind of promotes the development of that growth,” Boyle says. “So the last couple of years we started this maintenance program to get through and clean that up and get some capacity back in that channel.”
Boyle says crews will also be improving the stabilization of the grade in the river bed.
He adds this project should last at least two weeks.