There is never going to be a situation that makes everyone happy but the Minister of Environment says they are doing their due diligence before any decision is made on diverting water from the Quill Lakes region downstream into Last Mountain Lake.
Dustin Duncan emphasizes that the drainage project has not been approved yet.
The Water Security Agency has a number of conditions that need to be satisfied first.
Some of those that are against the drainage ditch have said there hasn’t been enough public engagement in the decision, but Duncan says there have been a number of open houses explaining the issues, challenges and possible solutions.
The Quill Lakes area is dealing with unprecedented flooding over a number of years which is affecting farmland, farmyards and infrastructure.
The problem downstream is that the Quill Lakes water is more saline, so it may affect the environment and wildlife.
Those upstream would like to the work on the drainage system to begin as soon as possible, because winter would have less impact on habitat and wildlife, but Duncan says they can’t rush a decision.
The Water Security Agency needs to have all the information from all sides first.