It’s an urgent issue from all sides, but no decision will be made until all the information is in.
That, from Environment Minister and the Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency about a proposed drainage system for the flooded Quill Lakes area which would move water that is more saline downstream and into Last Mountain Lake.
Dustin Duncan says farmers upstream are dealing with years of flooding of farmland and of property, and would like to begin the drainage project now heading into winter, when there is less impact for wildlife.
“You know, they want to get construction underway, obviously,” Duncan said. “People can understand that, considering what people in that area have faced for some time. But we’re not going to rush a decision.”
Duncan explains explains there was concern from those downstream that the project had already been approved because there wasn’t going to be an Environmental Impact Assessment.
He says that’s because it’s not considered a development but the Water Security Agency has a whole host of conditions that need to be satisfied first before the project can go ahead.