Saskatchewan shows financial commitment to dam rehabilitation in latest budget

REGINA, Saskatchewan, Canada 4/16/12 (PennWell) -- The Saskatchewan government has bolstered its commitment to safe and reliable dams with an allocation of approximately US $6.7 million in the province's 2012-13 budget.

That money -- up $2.6 million from this past year -- will allow the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (SWA) to enhance its dam safety program by rehabilitating a number of dams, including Moose Mountain Dam, Gardiner Dam, Alameda Dam and the Lumsden Flood Control Project.

The rehabilitation work is part of Saskatchewan's 10-year management infrastructure renewal plan, says SWA minister Dustin Duncan.

"This new investment is an important step in delivering on that commitment," Duncan says.

The 2012-13 budget also includes $2.1 million for Saskatchewan's Dam Safety Program, which will help fund emergency preparedness plans for Rafferty, Alameda and Gardner dams.

A complete copy of the budget is available on SWA's website.

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