Honey bee populations have seen a fairly high mortality rate in Saskatchewan in the past five years.
Geoff Wilson, provincial specialist in apiculture -- or beekeeping -- said that an average of 23 percent mortality has plagued many beekeepers in the province over the term.
This year, anywhere from five to 90 percent of honey bee populations have faced mortality from reports coming into Wilson.
The extended winter weather has not helped either, according to Wilson.
The Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation (BOFN) are preparing for what could be a potentially devastating spring runoff.
Dykes and sandbags have been deployed to protect vulnerable roads and homes in the rural parts of the community located several kilometres northwest of Rosthern.
The whole area is particularly vulnerable to flooding because of regional geography, said BOFN’s land manager Brian Seesequasis.
We're still waiting for that big weather warm up and melt here in Regina, but some areas of the city are already under water.
Just off 13th Avenue near the Regina International Airport, Rambler Park and the off-leash dog park would be considered one of those areas. Flood water has covered portions of the ball diamonds, the walking trail and sections of grass. Where there is no water, the ground is soft and very muddy, devouring the shoes of anyone who walks on it; and massive snow piles which have yet to be melted.
With the warmer temperatures looking like they’re here to stay, that means flows on rivers and other channels in Saskatchewan will increase over the coming days.
Temperatures are forecast to be in the double digits for the next week.
“Which will really start the runoff and probably result in all of the snow being melted,” said the Water Security Agency’s Patrick Boyle.
Boyle also said within a day or two it will stop freezing at night, also contributing to bigger flows.
While producers in southwest Saskatchewan are already seeding, farmers elsewhere are waiting for the fields to dry, and in some places, for the snow to melt.
"It's certainly going to have its challenges, but every spring has its challenges," said Grant McLean with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Producers McLean has spoken with have not altered their seeding plans so far due to the weather, though many are anxious for work to begin. While machines are usually in the field by now, McLean says its still too early to write off the season.
The cooler weather has put the spring runoff in Saskatchewan on hold for now.
When the mercury dipped on Tuesday, and continued to stay below seasonal into Wednesday, Patrick Boyle with the Water Security Agency says the melt has slowed for the most part. It's also causing the melting to happen in stages, rather than all in one peak as it usually does.
"It's a sign that things are coming in stages, rather than one large peak," said Boyle.
Another Saskatchewan First Nation is declaring a state of emergency.
The Government of Saskatchewan says the Sakimay First Nation is the next to ring the alarm. However, Chief Lynn Acoose says the flood waters have not hit them just yet.
"It's nowhere near what we saw in 2011," she said.
"We're declaring a state of emergency as a precaution."
Sakimay sits right in the drainage area in the Qu'Appelle basin. The province says the communities of Sakimay, Shesheep, Littlebone and Minoahckak are affected.
What we hope will be winter's last grasp Tuesday has meant good news for the town of Indian Head.
On Sunday, an unfortunate risk for flooding meant a group of volunteers and town workers had to come together for sandbagging and other flood prevention measures.
Even workers from the rural municipality came out to help, cutting one of the grid roads in order to stop the pooling of water in that area. But today, thanks to the cooler temperatures, Mayor Sherry Karpa says the melting has been much more manageable.
The Saskatchewan Water Security Agency doesn't think this return of winter weather will have much of an impact on spring runoff.
The cooler weather has certainly slowed the melt that had begun last weekend, and continued into the week. Emergencies have been declared in the towns of Maidstone and Radisson, the village of Borden ,the rural municipalities of Great Bend and Elfros and the Poundmaker First Nation.
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