SK irrigation canal rehab continues
By Top Crop Manager
July 29, 2013, Moose Jaw, SK - The Saskatchewan government is investing $5 million to rehabilitate a portion of the M1 Canal, a vital piece of infrastructure for irrigators in the province.
Constructed in the 1960s, the M1 Canal is a 22.5 km long water supply canal extending from Lake Diefenbaker to Broderick Reservoir near Outlook. The canal provides water for 37,000 acres of irrigation in the Saskatchewan River Irrigation District.
The M1 Canal also provides water to the Saskatoon South East Water Supply system. This system supplies water to a further 18,000 acres of irrigation, five reservoirs, towns and villages, three potash mines, 13 wetlands projects and the Blackstrap Provincial Park.
The Government of Saskatchewan has invested over $11 million into the rehabilitation of the M1 Canal since 2010. This is part of a multi-year project to rehabilitate all of the M1 Canal.
The rehabilitation work will begin in September and consists of enlarging and relining 1.3 km of the canal and retrofitting two concrete check structures. The project is expected to be completed by July 2014.