What We Are Looking for Feedback On
At its Regular Business Meeting held on December 20, 2021, City Council considered the Options for Groundwater Protection presented by City Administration and resolved:
- That a bylaw be created to prohibit new domestic-purpose pumping wells within city limits; and
- That a new development standard be created for monitoring wells installed, maintained, and decommissioned during the land development process.
In response, City Solicitors have created a bylaw which will be presented to City Council at the Regular Business Meeting on November 21, 2022 at 1:00pm. To see the agenda or watch the meeting please visit this link.
Also, a new standard has been created for monitoring wells which can be found here. If you would like to provide your feedback on the new standard please contact the project lead, Vanessa Heilman, using the information below with your comments.
What Are We Proposing?
The City of Saskatoon is looking to develop methods to protect groundwater and groundwater users within its jurisdiction. Based on best practices in other cities, budgeting considerations, and the feedback collected from our stakeholders, City Administration has put forward a proposal with the following recommendations:
- Prohibit new domestic-purpose pumping wells on residential properties within City limits through the creation of a new bylaw, and
- Create a new development standard for monitoring wells installed, maintained, and decommissioned during the land development process.
For more information on our findings and the recommendations we proposed please see the Final Decision Report and Final Engagement Report.
Who Did We Hear From?
From July – September 2021, the City engaged with stakeholders on the various components of groundwater protection in Saskatoon. We received feedback from the following stakeholder groups:
- Consultants that design wells for monitoring or pumping of groundwater
- Drillers and well installers
- Land developers
- Subject matter experts
How Did the City Engage?
Identified stakeholders were invited to provide their feedback through numerous surveys and individual meetings. The City used the following methods to engage stakeholders:
Feedback on Options for Groundwater Protection Survey - September/October 2021
Based on the feedback we received from our previous survey invited stakeholders and subject matter experts were asked to provide their feedback on the revised options being proposed. The results from the survey will be made available in the Final Comprehensive Engagement Report which will be made publicly available in the near future.
Stakeholder Survey - August 2021
Invited stakeholders and subject matter experts were invited to provide their feedback on groundwater protection in Saskatoon and on the options we are proposing through the Options for Groundwater Protection Survey. The results from the survey can be found within our Phase 1 - What We Heard Report and a summary of the main themes can be found here.
How Can I Contact the Project Team?
You can contact the project team using the following information: