Ministry of Agriculture, Crops and Irrigation Branch – The lead agency for irrigation development in Saskatchewan. You start here and are guided through the process, including:
- Site inspection and feasibility;
- Sketch plans;
- Cost estimates;
- Preliminary plan;
- Staking of pivot points and mainline routes; and
- As-constructed survey and plans.
Ministry of Agriculture Lands Branch – This branch provides regulatory oversight of lands, land control on government-leased lands and approval of pumpsite locations.
Ministry of Environment – This ministry provides environmental regulatory oversight, including critical wildlife habitat, approval of pumpsite locations and industrial effluent irrigation projects.
Federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans – Provides approval for intake fish screens and obstructions in navigable waters.
SaskWater – SaskWater is responsible for water supply through the Saskatoon South East Water Supply (SSEWS) Canal, from Broderick Reservoir to Zelma Reservoir. Irrigators require a water service agreement with SaskWater to access the water from the canal or the reservoirs.
Water Security Agency – This agency is the provincial water regulatory agency that issues all approvals in the province for the utilization of water. They determine the water availability and the volume of water to be allocated for every water project. They issue Approval to Construct Works, issue Approval to Operate Works and licence surface water irrigation projects, drainage projects, municipal effluent projects and ground water projects, and issue Shoreline Alteration Permits. No projects will proceed without their approvals.
Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure – This ministry is responsible for approving irrigation mainlines crossing highways and land control.
Rural Municipalities – RMs are responsible for approving mainlines crossing roads and ditches.
Rail Road Companies (Canadian Pacific Railway Canadian National Railway) – These companies are responsible for approving infrastructure crossing railroads.
Irrigation Districts – The districts are responsible for providing approvals for clients' applications, as well as for operating and maintaining the irrigation district works. Irrigators must sign a water service agreement with the district providing the service.