A Quill Lakes farmer has stepped up to try and clear up some misunderstanding about Last Mountain Lake.
It’s in response to the Saskatchewan Alliance for Water Sustainability’s remarks on the Quill Lakes Watershed Association’s plans to put water into Last Mountain Lake,
SAWS has said the QLWA plans to drain saline water into Last Mountain Lake, bringing invasive species, pollution and a higher salt content into Last Mountain Lake.
Dwight Odelein says this simply isn’t the case, saying the Watershed Association wants to bring drainage water into the lakes, which would not have Saline water, nor would it have pollution of invasive species.
Odelein also says it’s a dire situation in East-Central Saskatchewan, and something needs to be done soon.
“The situation has bankrupted people up here, it’s forced some people from their homes,” Odelein says. “People are watching the rising water swallow something you’ve worked your whole life for.”
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Odelein says if something is not done before another big storm, there could be devastating effects.
“No one knows what the weather is going to do, but another year like 2017, and the water would recede a bit,” Odelein says. “If you do the math, another year like 2010, and spill point would be breached. A year like 2011 following that, that would be disastrous.”
Odelein says he has a message for people who don’t believe the drainage would do anything.
“The statements been made by people against this diversion project that it won’t do much. They should go tell the people who have lost land, and in some cases their farmland. And then try to explain to them what ‘not very much’ is.”
While SAWS says the Quill Lakes and Last Mountain Lake have not flowed among one another for 10,000 years, Odelein says a dam was built in the 1950’s to prevent a river from flowing between the two bodies of water, and adds before the dam was built, people have told him water flowed downstream to Last Mountain Lake from Long Lake normally.
SAWS recently announced their plans to gather signatures for a Federal E-petition to stop the Quill Lakes Watershed Association from draining water into Last Mountain Lake.
If such action is taken, Odelein says it would have devastating effects to people in the Quill Lakes area.