Restoring Wetlands Within the Lake Winnipeg Basin with Cowessess First Nation

The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative is partnering with the Cowessess First Nation to restore wetlands on Cowessess First Nation lands in southeastern Saskatchewan. The proposed project, which will incorporate Indigenous knowledge and science, will result in approximately 33 hectares of wetland habitat restored. Other key project partners include Ducks Unlimited Canada and local watershed groups. The proposed project sites are located on annual cropland where natural wetlands were previously drained. The drained wetlands will be restored to natural historic levels using earthen plugs. The earthen plugs will be covered by top soil and seeded with grasses and other native plants to prevent erosion and provide cover. Once restored, the wetlands will be able to capture runoff and naturalize over time, providing habitat for migratory birds and wildlife.

Latest update

The assessment is in progress.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination PDF (19 KB) March 3, 2021


Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dana Hay, Senior Program Officer
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Telephone: 204-983-7040

  • Location

    • Cowessess First Nation (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Assiniboine River Basin Initiative
  • Authorities

    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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