Shoal Lake Cree Nation Community Drainage

Shoal Lake Cree Nation is proposing  to upgrade drainage and flooding protection systems within the reserve boundaries. The core areas within the reserve experience poor surface drainage and  the outlying areas around the community have a number of small drainage paths to Pakwaw Lake resulting in wetlands, which greatly reduces the available land that can be used by the community. A drainage study identified the primary issues in the core subdivision area were blocked, damaged or exposed culverts, and the need for ditching, lot grading, and roadway improvements.

The core subdivision proposed upgrades consist of road and drainage improvements throughout the core area, including ditching improvements and replacing the damaged and/or missing culverts. The ditching improvements would include excavation to regrade the ditches where required, minor lot regrading to promote positive drainage away from homes/structures, road reconstruction followed by topsoil replacement and seeding the disturbed ground to prevent erosion.

The east diversion channel's require maintenance including: cleaning vegetation, replacing washed out riprap at the eight check structures, regrading of the ditches and topsoil replacement and seeding

The south diversion channel is utilized as a protection structure used to divert water from the Pasquia Hills to Pakwaw Lake. This channel is also used to seasonally direct treated effluent from the lagoon during discharge events. Reconstruction or rehabilitation of the channel, pending on where the core wishes to expand, would include: excavation of 1,200 m of drainage ditching channeling;  construction of three intake structures;  construction of one outfall structure; and replacement of topsoil and seeding for erosion prevention.

It is also proposed that the west existing berm structure be reconstructed to suitable height and expanded east and blended to a higher flood elevation. The following upgrades are recommended:  reconstruction of 1,250 m of water retaining berm;  construction of an additional 700 m of berm east to higher ground; and  construction of two outfall release check structures.


Latest update

The assessment is in progress.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent -Start of Public Comment Period - February 19, 2024


Indigenous Services Canada
Alvin Hamilton Building, 1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2B6
Telephone: 306-581-3134

  • Location

    • Shoal Lake Cree Nation (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Water Management
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Shoal Lake Cree Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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