1b. New threats to the Saskatchewan River upstream from Saskatoon- waste from 36,000 head of cattle in an intensive livestock feedlot- Citizens petition ruled invalid by bureaucrats- See mid-page below:
There are no studies that I have found on the impact of
the Prince Albert Pulp mill on the general ecology and biodiversity of North Saskatchewan River except Tones-1970, Pollution of the North Saskatchewan River by the Prince Albert Pulp CompanyLimited, Master's Thesis, U. of Sask. 1970.
However, in my lab we have completed thorough biodiversity studies on the unimpacted south side of the river at Cecil Ferry. See, for example, the pdf above, Aquatic Insects of the Sask. Riv., and the blackfly pdf below.
Most of the photos in the blackfly project pdf are from the Cecil Ferry/pulp mill area. The pulp mill effluents affect only the north shore for many miles. We sampled the south side of the river.
See the following pdf for a literature review and bibliography for the impact of pulp mills on rivers plus, in this study, the impact of pulp mills on tree swallows in the Prince Albert/Cecil Ferry area.
There is no useful information on the impact of pulp mills (especially this pulp mill) on aquatic communities in the above study, other than comments regarding fish, and worries about the fact that emerging aquatic insects, contaminated by pulp mill chemicals, might damage songbirds, etc. No samples of aquatic insects were taken in the above study, and the river as an ecosystem is not really considered. Insects taken from the beaks of baby swallows that had choke collars around their necks we studied, however.
"Prince Albert pulp mill saved from wrecking ballOctober 4th, 2010 -- The closed pulp mill in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan has won a reprieve from demolition."
"Saskatchewan’s minister of Energy and Resources, Bill Boyd, said he is “very, very optimistic” that the pulp mill could be operating again. Boyd said he has been discussing the future of the mill with Domtar’s top executives.------"
Get more information here- boil water and do-not-eat-fish-because-of-mercury-pollution- "Both the South and North branches of the Saskatchewan River are polluted. ....pulp mill at Prince Albert. This effluent is evident for many kilometres .... on the environment while canoeing along Saskatchewan waterways, please keep ..". www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/canoe19
Calgary Herald "Area residents fed up after municipality OK'd zoning change for feedlot Friday, 29 October 2010 16:54 The Canadian Press OUTLOOK, Sask. - Opponents of a proposed feedlot in central Saskatchewan are furious with councillors for approving a zoning change that will allow a massive feedlot to be built."
In a closed meeting, the Rural Municipality of Rudy, near Outlook, approved the zoning change despite a petition last week calling for a referendum on the issue.
Many area residents say the feedlot will create unsafe drinking water in the nearby South Saskatchewan River.
The RM's legal people say the petition is not valid because it was filed under the wrong provincial government act.
The feedlot will be able to hold up to 36,000 cattle.
Sue Peterson, who helped put the petition together, says people now need to lobby the province to stop the feedlot.
"You've got to realize that more than 60 per cent of Saskatchewan people get their water from this river system," said Peterson.
"The river has dropped 15 per cent in volume in the last 30 years and the more you pollute that water as the volume decreases, the more impact those pollutants are going to have."
Reeve Wayne Vaxvick doesn't have much sympathy for opponents of the feedlot.
"You know what the laws of Saskatchewan are, and we must follow the law of our senior government, and they did not," Vaxvick said."
"Petition stalls Outlook feedlot plansPetition calls for public referendum Story ToolsShareThisReported By Brendan Wagner "Posted October 22, 2010 - 7:16amThe people behind a petition to stop a massive feedlot near Outlook are smiling, but they're also surprised that they were able to bring it together in such a short time.
A petition calling for a public referendum is putting the brakes on a proposed cattle feedlot in the Outlook area. The petition effectively stalls plans to go ahead with the feedlot, which could grow to accommodate 36,000 head of cattle.
Sue Peterson lives in the RM of Rudy where the feedlot is supposed to go. She was one of the first to sign the petition demanding a public referendum.
“It was only on Wednesday evening when we decided how biased the council was that we decided we had to something more extreme,” Peterson said.
“We got this in 24 hours, chasing out to the fields to get people on combines to sign.”
Peterson believes the RM council was dead-set on moving forward with the feedlot. She argues the councillors are only listening to one side of the story and they don't have enough knowledge to make a proper decision.
Wayne Vaxvick, reeve of the RM of Rudy, opened the council meeting Thursday night, expecting to have a vote on the proposal. But he was not prepared for a petition.
“At 4:54 p.m., the municipality was served with a petition for a referendum on the proposed intensive livestock operation,” Vaxvick told News Talk Radio."
**Summary- (See Map onHome) The South Saskatchewan River is quite normal at Lemsford Ferry, at the Alberta border. Diefenbaker Lake destroys the river by converting it into a lake from Outlook to a position north of Swift Current, Sask. Cool hypolimnion waters destroy the river community from the Gardiner Dam outlet at Outlook as far as Saskatoon, where sewage and industrial output have, and continue to alter the river downstream from Saskatoon, with plant growths and community changes visible all the way to the Confluence with the North Saskatchewan River. A new dam (plus many weirs) are proposed and will probably be built soon at the Confluence and other places, thus, if done, completing the destruction of aquatic communities in the South Saskatchewan River. Large dams have been constructed upstream and downstream from Nipawin, on the Main Sask. River. Thus, almost all ot the S. Sask. River plus the Main River past the confluence have been altered or completely destroyed. The North Saskatchewan River upstream from the Confluence and Prince Albert are apparently little altered by human activity, having relatively small amounts of city sewage, and a now non-operating pulp mill.
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