The provincial government is taking steps to reduce flooding problems around the Quill Lakes.
The Water Security Agency will be enforcing regulations to close unapproved drainage works that currently contribute to the flooding of the Quill Lakes.
Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency, Herb Cox, says new drainage regulations have been introduced and the Quill Lakes is a priority area where farmers have been seriously affected by rising
Cox calls it a complex water management situation with no easy solution.
But he says closing unapproved drainage works is one step to help lower the lake level and prevent future flooding.
All landowners with unapproved drainage ditches that drain into the Quill Lakes are being asked to close the works before October 1st.
Starting immediately, the Water Security Agency will focus on the largest unapproved drainage ditches in the area which cause the greatest impact.
The Water Security Agency will work with landowners directly to confirm unapproved works and ensure plans for closure take place.
Under new regulations, drainage works must have an adequate outlet and the Quill Lakes are not considered an adequate outlet because of flooding and environmental impact.
The Water Security Agency will not grant approval for works which contribute water to the Quill Lakes.
As well, the agency will be working with Ducks Unlimited to limit flows from Ducks Unlimited projects into Quill Lakes.
SARM president Ray Orb supports the enforcement of drainage regulations across the province.
He says the Quill Lakes is a key area where closing unapproved projects will have a significant benefit.