The Saskatchewan River Watershed Flows

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Introduction The Saskatchewan River watershed is a major river in Canada which flows eastward across Saskatchewan and Manitoba into Lake Winnipeg. It is a source of water to humans and livestock (Partners for the Saskatchewan River Basin, 2009). The watershed has a distinctive delta which is the largest inland freshwater delta in North America. The delta begins at the west of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary (Partners for the Saskatchewan River Basin, 2009). The South Saskatchewan River watershed flows from the Northern shores of Lake Diefenbaker out of the Gardiner Dam towards the City of Saskatoon. It continues north to eventually become the Saskatchewan River (shown in Figure 1 below). The North Saskatchewan River watershed flows eastwards across Edmonton, Alberta and joins with the South Saskatchewan River watershed to form the Saskatchewan River watershed. These watersheds provide many recreational attractions such as fishing and opportunities for sightseeing, canoeing, fishing and hiking. The Saskatchewan River watershed begins at the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan River watersheds. From this point, the Saskatchewan River watershed passes through the Saskatchewan Delta, into Lake Winnipeg, which eventually drains into Hudson Bay through the Nelson River. Figure 1 shows a map of the South Saskatchewan, North Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan River Watersheds. Figure 1: Saskatchewan River drainage basin Source:

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