Summer is just around the corner and that means that cabin owners and recreational boaters are gearing up for activities out on the water in Saskatchewan.

Due to this increase in activity the Water Security Agency (WSA) sees a sharp increase in maintenance and improvement projects on recreational properties during this time of year. 

They are reminding residents to contact the WSA before undertaking work around waterways as an Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit (AHPP) may be needed. The permit is given after an assessment on potential impacts on aquatic ecosystems, which is necessary to protect vital habitats and waterways.

Some projects do not require an AHPP, such as seasonal or temporary boat docks and lifts, but other more permanent projects will. Shoreline stabilization, vegetation removal, access trails, and boathouse repairs or construction will require a permit before work can begin.

Protection of shorelines and the surrounding areas is crucial, not only for the health of aquatic ecosystems, but due to their role as a buffer between aquatic and dryland areas. These intermediate areas play a key role in protecting the quality of Saskatchewan's water and serve as a diverse habitat for fish. birds, and other wildlife and plant species. 

WSA has a new process to streamline project reviews for low-risk projects, while maintaining safeguards to minimize development impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

For more information on the AHPP program, please visit or contact our Client Services Branch at 1-866-727-5420 or