The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency says a record amount of farmland was brought into drainage compliance in the past year.
Patrick Boyle with the Water Agency says 693 quarter sections of land were in drainage compliance this last fiscal year, more than double from the previous year.
He says communication and co-operation among landowners is key to the new regulatory strategy.
Boyle stresses the majority of the approvals, 635 quarter sections, were under voluntary compliance, with only 8 percent or 58 quarters coming from complaint-based closure.
He pointed out a recent example south of Regina near Lang where producers and the Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards came up with a co-operative solution for reducing the risk of farmland flooding and ensured an environmentally responsible approach.