$700,000 is going to agricultural producers and local governments in an effort by the Water Security Agency to support water management projects.

The funding comes from a $1.5 million two-year commitment meant to support agricultural growth and sustainability in the province.

"This Agricultural Water Management Fund addresses the cost burden and other barriers producers, and local governments might experience when planning water management projects in Saskatchewan," Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency Jeremy Cockrill said. "This will provide landowners with the financial support and access to necessary advice, information, and tools they need."

Applicants will be able to receive up to $95,000 per project based on a cost-sharing approach.

Some of the listed uses include qualified persons support, technical and engineering costs, and mitigation and rehabilitation works for new agricultural water management projects. 

The WSA says this program is part of their ongoing commitment to supporting the agricultural community in completing and maintaining responsible agricultural water management projects in Saskatchewan.

In June, WSA announced a 50 per cent rebate of up to $100,000 per application for channel clearing and drainage maintenance projects, which will help landowners proactively manage potential flooding and erosion concerns. 

The WSA is also consulting with landowners to develop an Agricultural Water Stewardship Policy to support both agricultural producers and the environment.

That policy is expected to be finalized later this year. 

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