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Media Release: Government funding welcome news for Meewasin

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As part of the Government of Saskatchewan Budget tabled April 10, 2018 the Meewasin Valley Authority will receive $500,000, the same as was allocated to Meewasin by the province in 2017.

WireService.ca Media Release (04/12/2018) Saskatoon, SK - “We are pleased with the Government’s recognition of the vital role Meewasin plays locally, regionally, and provincially as a model partnership for conservation and building quality of life for all of our citizens,” said Colin Tennent, Chair of Meewasin’s Board of Directors. The funding, together with $647,000 from the University of Saskatchewan, and an increase in funding from the City of Saskatoon ($1,344,400), will increase Meewasin’s revenue by $341,000 over last year. With grants, donations, earned income and investment interest, Meewasin’s total revenue for 2018 will be about $3.8 million.

In 2018, Meewasin will continue to focus on protecting the environment with efforts to eradicate the valley of invasive plants, trail construction, the implementation of a master plan for the Meewasin Northeast Swale, the skating rink which counted 46,000 skaters this year and the delivering of public programs and events at Beaver Creek Conservation Area and in the valley. Meewasin will also continue to provide support for the rural river access sites at Paradise Beach, Poplar Bluffs and the Fred Heal Canoe Launch.

The agency will also undertake a visioning exercise whereby all of Meewasin’s activities will be examined. This activity will be led by the Meewasin Board of Directors, along with a new Chief Executive Officer, which Meewasin hopes to share more news about in the near future, and will include a public consultation process. The goal of the visioning exercise will be to determine the best ways in which Meewasin can deliver on its mandate of conserving the cultural and natural resources in the South Saskatchewan River Valley. More information on this will be shared in the coming weeks.

“Thank you to everyone who continues to support Meewasin - our Board, local MLAs, the City of Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan, our river, park and trail users, our generous donors and corporate supporters, and of course our volunteers,” adds Tennent.

 


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