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Aquifer Awareness

With the goal of increasing awareness of the Yorkton Area Aquifers, the AWSA has developed handouts that outline the locations of regional aquifers and their sensitive areas. Also, an information package regarding chemical spills has been created.
The common risks to aquifers and precautions rural residents can follow are included on maps that indicate aquifer extent in the Yorkton area. Check out the Yorkton Area Aquifers Vulnerability Map at the bottom of the page. This map provides information on the risk of contaminaton for the aquifers within the area surrounding and including Yorkton. An aquifer may be of higher risk to possible contamination issues if it is not very deep (close to the surface), or if it is overlain by a porous substrate with a high infiltration capacity, such as sandy soil. 
 
To focus on the procedure for reporting a chemical spill, magnets (shown above), stickers and bulletin board information have also been distributed to rural residents of the RMs of Cana, Wallace, Orkney, & Saltcoats, the four RMs within the Yorkton Area Aquifers. For more information on reporting a chemical spill visit www.saskspills.ca.
 
The AWSA ran radio and newspaper advertisements about the common substances that can impact groundwater and water well protection and sealing. For more information, refer to A Landowner's Guide to Water Well Management, produced by the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food, and the Saskatchewan Ground Water Association.
 
Groundwater Resources in the Yorkton Aquifer Management Plan Area: Final Report

This report, dated June 2006, was prepared by Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA). The report provides an extensive understanding of the groundwater resources found in the aquifers around Yorkton and surrounding area. This report helped form the AWSA's 'Yorkton Area Aquifers Source Water Protection Plan'.

Click HERE to download the full pdf version of the report.

Yorkton Aquifer Wells      

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority keeps track of water levels in the Yorkton area through 11 observation wells that it owns and monitors. These wells are part of a provincial groundwater observation well network that is monitored by the Authority. The wells are equipped with automatic water level recorders or dataloggers to monitor the groundwater levels continuously. 

 
The Yorkton Area Aquifers Education & Awareness project was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Environment, Go Green Strategy, Green Initiatives Fund.
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J Nielsen,
Nov 23, 2012, 12:16 PM
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J Nielsen,
Nov 23, 2012, 12:16 PM
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