News Release - December 8, 1998
THIN ICE WARNING NEAR AERATION SYSTEMS
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM) today issued a
warning that there is thin ice and open water on lakes with aeration
systems located throughout the province.
Aerated lakes with open water or thin ice will be posted with notices
warning lake users of the hazard. The public is urged to stay clear
of posted areas.
Aeration systems generally operate during the winter season when snow
and ice conditions may result in low oxygen levels fatal to fish.
Compressors circulate fresh air within the lake to increase the rate
of fish survival.
SERM, with assistance from local communities, park boards and
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation branches, will operate 26 aeration
projects from December to March (list attached). These projects
receive funding from the Fish and Wildlife Development Fund obtained
from angling licence sales.
The sport fishing industry in Saskatchewan accounts for over $270
million dollars in annual economic activity, $187 million of which is
directly attributable to angling. There are approximately 180,000
angling licences sold each year.
These aeration projects are one of many programs that SERM has to
preserve Saskatchewan's fish resources and enhance fishing
opportunities. Other projects include lake/stream habitat
assessments and improvement, trout fishery development, lake
rehabilitation, mini and mobile hatcheries, rearing
ponds/spawning marshes, fishways, fish barriers and angler
For more information, contact:
Fish and Wildlife Branch
Phone: (306) 953-2888
1998-99 Aeration Projects
Lake/Reservoir Location Contact Person
Bell Pond 1 km S. of Luseland Ron Jensen, 778-8210
Buffalo Pond Buffalo Pound Prov. Park " "
Biggar Pond 3 km N. of Biggar J. Merkowsky, 933-7943
Birch Lake Moose Mountain Prov. Park Al McCutcheon, 728-7491
Ceylon Reservoir 3 km E. of Ceylon Ron Jensen, 778-8210
Clearwater Lake 8 km N.E. of Kyle " "
Condie Reservoir 11 km N.W. of Regina Al McCutcheon, 728-7491
Eagle Creek Pond 25 km N.W. of Asquith J. Merkowsky, 933-7943
From Lake 7 km N. of Spy Hill Al McCutcheon, 728-7491
Grant's Lake 15 km E. of Debden John Weir, 236-7556
Lady Lake 8 km N.W. of Preeceville Lyle Wallin, 953-2889
Little Jackfish Lake Duck Mountain Prov Park Al McCutcheon, 728-7491
Melville Reservoir 3 km N.W. of Melville " "
Nesland Lake 3 km W. of Mont Nebo Lyle Wallin, 953-2889
Picnic Lake 6 km E. of Edam J. Merkowsky, 933-7943
Redberry Pond Redberry Lake Regional Park " "
Scott Reservoir 8 km S.W. of Wilkie " "
Shutte Lake 30 km N.W. of Preeceville Lyle Wallin, 953-2889
Smuts Lake 5 km S.W. of Alvena J. Merkowsky, 933-7943
Steistol Lake Greenwater Lake Prov. Park Lyle Wallin, 953-2889
Struthers Lake 11 km N.E. of Crystal Springs " "
Tobin Creek Pond 50 km N.E. of Nipawin " "
Waldheim Pond Town of Waldheim J. Merkowsky, 933-7943
Wapella Reservoir Town of Wapella Al McCutcheon, 728-7491
Wilson Lake 12 km S.W. of Springside " "
Wynyard Reservoir 2 km S. of Wynyard J. Merkowsky, 933-7943