News Release - May 18, 2001
SASK WATER TO STUDY MERIDIAN DAM PROPOSAL
Sask Water has agreed to co-operate with a plan by the Alberta government
to study the feasibility of building a dam near the Saskatchewan-Alberta
border in southwest Saskatchewan.
Although the idea behind the project has been around for years, this will
be the first time a comprehensive investigation will be completed.
The site of the proposed dam is approximately 30 kilometres west of Leader
on the South Saskatchewan River.
Possible benefits include irrigation development, hydroelectric power
generation and recreation.
"This is a very preliminary step in this whole process and there are many
factors to be considered with a project of this magnitude," Minister
responsible for Sask Water Ron Osika said. "Although the project could
provide some significant benefits to the local area, we have concerns in
terms of its potential impact on the environment and on the water supply
for Lake Diefenbaker.
"However, we wish to co-operate with Alberta in ensuring that a thorough,
objective study is completed."
The study will look at hydrology, design, cost, benefits and environmental
issues surrounding the proposed project. Stakeholder meetings will also be
held with a final report on the feasibility study expected by year-end.
"I want to emphasize that this announcement is only a feasibility study,"
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 694-3953