SaskPower HR-01033 - RPD-511 PQ Rural Rebuild (Makwa Rebuild)

SaskPower is proposing to replace an aging overhead powerline infrastructure in order to maintain the integrity of power service for existing and future customers. The Project is situated within forested areas, within existing SaskPower overhead powerline rights-of-way (ROW), and within road allowances adjacent existing roads. The Project is located on deeded land, Makwa Lake First Nation Reserve land, Ministry of Agriculture (AGR) land, Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) land, and on Makwa Lake Provincial Park land. The proposed Project is located approximately 1.3 kilometres (km) west of the village of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan.

The project includes vegetation clearing, the salvage of existing wood poles with associated hardware and overhead conductor, and the installation of wood poles with associated hardware and overhead conductors. The Project will be accessed from locations within road allowances and SaskPower ROW. The removal of trees and shrubs is required for safe equipment access and tree-fall clearance to reduce the risk of damage to the overhead powerline and the potential for fire due to tree contact with the overhead conductor.

A portion of the underground cable installation will require approximately 555 m of directional boring underneath a portion of Makwa Lake across the Steele Narrows with the use of a back-hoe and directional boring equipment. The back-hoe will excavate two approximately 2 m deep, 2 m wide, and 2 m long bell holes at the terminal ends of the bore path, and the directional borer will drill an approximately 5 cm diameter bore path to accommodate the underground cable. The underground cable will then be pulled through to the other end, leaving the cable exposed at the end points. At these locations, topsoil stripping will be employed prior to the excavation of parent material to minimize admixing of soil horizons. The excavated soil will be placed back in order into the bell holes and compacted immediately after the underground cable has been installed.


Latest update

May 21, 2024 - Indigenous Services Canada issued its notice of determination Notice of Determination for HR-01033 - RPD-511 PQ Rural Rebuild (Nickname: Makwa Rebuild) ( and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination for HR-01033 - RPD-511 PQ Rural Rebuild (Nickname: Makwa Rebuild) - May 21, 2024
1 Notice of Intent -Start of Public Comment Period - March 11, 2024


Indigenous Services Canada
Lisa May, Senior Environment Officer
1827 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2S9
Telephone: 306-581-3134

  • Location

    • Makwa First Nation (Saskatchewan)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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