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Fish Habitat Restoration

Stony Creek Crossing
The Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association (AWSA) recently partnered with the RM of Calder and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) to further enhance the fishery in the Assiniboine River near Lake of the Prairies. Stony Creek is a major tributary that spills into the Assiniboine River near lake of the prairies. Stony Creek has over 30 km of winding habitat for aquatic species to call home, but due to perched culverts and beaver activity at a road crossing near the Assiniboine River, fish were essentially blocked from accessing this habitat. The AWSA and the SWF wanted to see habitat restored in Stony and the RM was tired of the fixing /cleaning the culverts. As such, a decision was made to enhance the fishery by removing the culverts at the crossing and installing a bridge in their place. Activities took place during the summer (2011).
               Stony Creek – Fall of 2010                                                   Stony Creek – Summer of 2011
Keeseekoose Low Level Crossing Removal
In the fall of 2009 the AWSA worked with the RM of St.Philips (301) to remove an old low level crossing on the Assiniboine River. The crossing was in great disrepair and was not only a safety hazard for vehicles attempting to cross, it impeded the movement of fish and other aquatic species in the waterway. The AWSA accessed funding from the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation to remove the crossing. Removal took place Dec. 18-19, 2009.
           A Crossing in Disrepair                                  Removal Underway                                        Removal Complete