While much of Saskatchewan’s ag sector has greatly appreciated the recent blast of snow this month, farmers in East central Saskatchewan are left worrying about the water levels in the Quill Lakes.
According to recent reports, the water level is just 73 centimeters away from breaching, with some farmers believing at least half of that clearance will now be lost in this spring’s runoff.
Farmer Dwight Odelein says time is running out.
“Depending on what happens from here on end into the end of April or something, I don’t think it’s the 11th hour anymore, (it’s) 11:30, possibly quarter-to 12,” Odelein says. “The buffer zone, if that’s what you want to call it, from current lake levels to spill point after this spring run off is getting serious.”
Odelein says the recent weather and lack of action taken is causing him to worry.
“We had a quite a bit of a drier year in 2017, so there is some room in the system, but having said that we got a lot of snow, and I know from the last ‘X’ number of years, April is when we’ve got a fair amount more precipitation,” Odelein says. “It’s frustrating because nothing is getting done, and it’s going to be too late.”
While 2017 was a dry year for the entire province, Odelein says the level of the water only dropped 17 centimeters during the summer, and says one more wet year could make the water breach.