Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
The Quill Lakes Watershed Association (Saskatchewan) is proposing the Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project, which would redirect saline water from Kutawagan Lake and Pel Lake into Last Mountain Lake and thereby the rest of the Qu’Appelle River chain of lakes;
This is just the first phase of a multi-phase project to lower the lake levels in the Quill Lakes in Saskatchewan;
The potential and cumulative impacts of the project, including downstream water quality, are not fully known to the proponent or the public, and an analysis of the short and long term accumulative environmental impacts has not been completed;
The negative environmental impacts of the project are believed to be very high, including negative impacts to fish and fish habitat in Last Mountain Lake and the Qu’Appelle chain of lakes, and negative impacts to the Last Mountain Lake Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary and endangered and threatened wildlife species; and
There is widespread concern regarding the proponent’s proposal due to a lack of transparency of the project, lack of public communication, and lack of consultation with Saskatchewan’s citizens and Indigenous Peoples.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to designate and declare that the Quill Lakes Watershed Association Common Ground Drainage Diversion Project be a physical activity requiring an Environmental Assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 and, therefore, conduct an impartial full environmental impact assessment of the project, including public and Indigenous consultations.
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