Dugout Expansion in the West Block of Grasslands National Park

Grasslands National Park is proposing to increase the water holding potential of an existing dugout on lands within the park that are licenced for agricultural use. The existing dugout surface dimensions are 16m by 25 m, and was likely originally excavated to a 3m-4m depth. The new excavation will double the surface area and bring the entire basin to a 4.2m depth. The dugout serves to water domestic livestock in an uplands area of the park. Water is typically a limiting factor for livestock grazing in the park, however current drought conditions are exacerbating the issue. Proposed work will provide a more reliable water source for livestock in an uplands area where water would not otherwise be available and grazing therefore would not be able to occur. This project will be assessed with a basic impact assessment.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

December 17, 2021 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from November 17 to December 17, 2021 - November 17, 2021

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Grasslands National Park
P.O. Box 150
Val Marie, Saskatchewan S0N 2T0
Telephone: 306-298-2257 or 1-888-773-8888
Email: infopnprairies-grasslandsnpinfo@pc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Grasslands National Park (Saskatchewan)
    • Grasslands National Park (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Agriculture
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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