Agreement on lake levels in place for 2009
Water levels in cottage country have long been an issue in southern Saskatchewan, but people who use Pasqua, Echo and Crooked lakes shouldn't have to worry this year.
Four First Nations have agreed to let water flood their land in order to raise the water levels on those lakes, located in the Qu'Appelle Valley, the Saskatchewan government says.
In recent years, the First Nations have been upset that they were not being compensated for flooding on their land, so they opened water structures and let the water flow through. That left lake levels too low for recreational use.
This year, the Pasqua, Muscowpetung, Sakimay and Cowessess First Nations have agreed to permits that authorize the flooding of their land.
All sides say they hope to have a permanent solution soon.