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South Saskatchewan River Basin Approved Water Management Plan

The water management plan for the South Saskatchewan River recommends a balance that is broadly acceptable to the public between water consumption and environmental protection, in light of economic and social objectives and ecological requirements. The plan envisions future management in the basin combining innovative, efficient and productive water use and improved management of aquatic ecosystems. The plan also provides a foundation for future watershed management planning in the South Saskatchewan river basin.

A key outcome of the plan is a Crown reservation of water for the Bow, Oldman and South Saskatchewan River sub-basins. By establishing this, the Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks identifies purposes for which water licences may still be granted and their priorities, from the unallocated water in these sub-basins.


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Updated: Oct 15, 2018