News Release - December 3, 1999
BUFFALO POUND DAM MAKEOVER UNDER WAY
Sask Water has awarded contracts totaling $1.5 million to replace its Buffalo
Pound Lake outlet control structure.
The new control structure, used to spill water from the provincial park lake
into the east-flowing Qu'Appelle River, will feature three spillway gates, a
new concrete traffic bridge for vehicles to pass over and a fish ladder,
forming a fish migration passageway between the lake and the river.
In addition to this year's work, Sask Water plans to raise the 60-year-old,
1,500-metre-long dam by approximately half a metre in 2000.
Buffalo Pound Lake, situated northeast of Moose Jaw, provides water to the
cities of Moose Jaw and Regina, several smaller communities and two major Belle
Plaine-area industries – Saskferco and IMC Kalium.
"The outlet structure has served its purpose admirably for 60 years, but the
time has come to replace the entire structure to make sure people in Moose Jaw,
Regina and area continue to have a reliable water supply," explained Maynard
Sonntag, minister responsible for Sask Water. "Buffalo Pound supplies water to
approximately 25 per cent of the province's population. This project is
important to a significant number of people."
Work on the project is expected to wrap up by mid-summer 2000.
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