Water Security Agency Online Consultation on Drainage
Are you interested in providing input on a drainage policy for Saskatchewan? Do you want to know what other residents’ thoughts are on drainage in Saskatchewan?
The Water Security Agency is developing a new agricultural drainage policy and beginning the process of updating its regulatory approach to drainage. These activities will help to fulfill the commitments in the new 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan to:
- Develop a results-based drainage works approval process and associated enforcement strategy, and
- Develop new strategies to effectively address excessive moisture concerns on agricultural lands.
Drainage has been of significant concern among many stakeholders including farmers, rural municipalities, and environmental organizations. New policy and regulations need to be developed to address issues such as licensing requirements, the effectiveness of drainage project success and the mitigation of risks such as downstream flooding, damage complaints and environmental impacts.
An online community is an important part of the consultation on this policy and regulation development process. This community is an online public space where individuals can interact with each other, an Insightrix facilitator, and the Water Security Agency to discuss this important issue. The community will consider, discuss, and suggest the essential elements of agricultural drainage policy and regulation. In addition, Insightrix will conduct periodic surveys throughout the process to gauge participant opinion on a variety of questions. As such, the forum will provide the Water Security Agency with important information and insight as they develop new program, policy and regulatory approaches to drainage.
We invite you to be a part of this important conversation.
This community will be open until March 31st, 2014. If you have any questions, please email Insightrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can join?
You are eligible to join this community if you are Saskatchewan resident and you are 18 years of age or older.
PURPOSE OF THE WSA PANEL
WHAT IS MEANT BY THE TERM AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE?
This term specifically includes the activities on agricultural land undertaken to remove or reduce water on land or just below the land surface in order to improve or facilitate production. This includes activities such as:
- Creating a channel or ditch to remove water from a wetland or other surface water body or watercourse,
- Creating a channel or ditch to redirect or move sheetwater or to provide an outlet for smaller drainage ditches,
- Landscaping or levelling land to remove or reduce a depression where surface water collects,
- Pumping water from a depression or surface water body,
- Altering a watercourse to move more water, or to move water more quickly, thereby allowing faster removal of sheetwater or providing an adequate outlet for smaller drainage ditches,
- Installing tile drainage to drain surface and sub-surface water.
WILL THIS PANEL ADDRESS WETLAND CONSERVATION?
- This panel will deal with how to manage drainage when it does occur and how best to mitigate the risks of negative effects of drainage, which can include the alteration of wetlands. While the drainage and alteration of wetlands is an important issue that is clearly part of any discussion of drainage, wetland conservation includes many issues that are beyond the scope of this panel. A wetland conservation policy discussion would go beyond the drainage discussion to define the approach and requirements for conserving wetlands in the province. Therefore, while wetland issues and other topics such as water quality will be considered at various points throughout the discussion, this panel will be primarily focused around the issues particular to agricultural drainage.
WHAT WILL THE RESULTS OF THIS PANEL BE USED FOR?
- All results of the WSA Advisory Panel will be used for research purposes. The results of this panel will help WSA develop a new agricultural drainage policy.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING ON THE WSA PANEL?
- As a member of the panel you will be able to have input on the development of a new agricultural drainage policy.
- As a member you will be able to discuss the issue of drainage with other farmers, the government, and community organizations.
JOINING THE PANEL
How do I join the panel?
- If you are not a member yet and would like to join the panel, please do the following:
- Click on “New User Sign-up” located on the bottom right of the page to create your user name (email address) and password.
- You will receive an email to confirm and activate your membership.
- Click on the link in your email to activate your membership.
- Once you click on the link another email with your username and password will be sent.
CREATING YOUR PROFILE
How do I start?
- Enter username and password
- You will be prompted to the complete TWO profile surveys to access the community.
- Under the heading "Profile Surveys":
- Click on "Personal Details" button to provide essential information about yourself.
- When finished, you will return to the same page. This time, click on the “Profile Survey” to provide us with some additional information about yourself in addition to some background as to why you would like to join the community and topics you would like to discuss within the community.
- click the profile settings button in the top right corner to expand the side menu
- Click "Edit Profile" tab
- Then click "Change Avatar" button below the picture avatar
- Your "Personal Details" allow us to interpret the results of discussion groups and surveys more accurately. It also enables us to communicate with you on a personal basis.
- To view posts or how your personal page appears to other panelists simply click the "My Wall" tab found at the along the top of the page.
- Click "Users" tab located along the top of the screen
- This will bring you to a page called "Users". Here you can simply click on the name of another panelist and their profile will be available for you to view. All users of the panel, including you, can be found here.
- To look for other members use the search box at the top of the screen or click on the page numbers at the bottom of the screen.
- Once on the "Users" page, you are able to correspond with any other panelist.
- Select "View Profile" link of the individual whose wall you would like to post on.
- Once on their profile page:
- Write the message you would like the panelist to see in the text box at the top of the page.
- You'll notice in this text box there are many options to format your message. Here there are features that are similar to any common Word processing software, providing bulleted lists and bold, italicize, underline, indentation, link attachments and resize font options.
- When your message is complete click the "Send Wall Post" button near the bottom left side of the text box
- There are three ways to post on a discussion group:
HOW DO I CHANGE MY DISPLAY PICTURE?
HOW DO I VIEW MY PROFILE PAGE
HOW DO I POST ON ANOTHER USERS WALL
WHAT WAYS CAN I POST TO DISCUSSION GROUPS
- To make your own post in the discussion group, simply write your desired message in the text box at the top of the page.
- When you are finished your message click the blue "Post" button ("Post" button is located below the text box on the right side).
- To elaborate or comment on a post made by another panelist you can "Reply" to their message.
- To do this, find the message from the panelist in which you would like to reply to. When you have found it, you will notice a small green pencil button on the bottom right-hand side of the message box.
- Click the green pencil button and select "Reply".
- This action conveniently brings your message box down to the post in which you are replying to, so you can reference to it easily.
- Then type your reply message.
- When you are finished your message click the blue "Post" button.
- Although you may be replying to a previous post, your message will appear at the top of the screen in sequence.
- To cite another panelists post along with your reply to the message you can "Reply with Quote".
- To do this, find the message from the panelists in which you would like to reply to. When you have found it, you will notice the small green pencil button on the bottom right-hand side of the message box.
- Click the green pencil box and select "Reply with Quote".
- Then type the reply message.
- When you are finished your message click the blue "Post" button.
- Now your reply post will appear on the discussion board, along with the citation of the other panelist’s post in which you were replying to.
HOW DO I POST VIDEOS, IMAGES AND WEBPAGE LINKS?
- In both discussion groups and wall posts, you are able to post links to YouTube videos, links to images on the web, and links to other websites with your message.
- To do so:
- Type your desired message in the text box (or leave blank if you simply want to attach a video, image, or web link).
- Then at the top right-hand side of the text box you will see three different function options.
- Click to insert a website link. Once website link is inserted click "Insert Link" then "Post".
- Click to insert an image link. Once image link is inserted click "Insert Image" then "Post".
- Click to insert a link to a YouTube video. Once video link is inserted click "Insert YouTube Video" then "Post".
DISCUSSION GROUPS & SURVEYS
HOW DO I VIEW/PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION GROUPS?
- Once you have activated and completed your profile, there will be multiple discussion groups you can participate in. The numbers of discussion groups, as well as the topics, that the panelists partake in are completely at their discretion. Panelists are only asked to participate in discussion groups in which they feel comfortable.
- To view discussion groups:
- Click "My Discussion Groups" tab at the top of the page.
- Here will be a list of all discussions available to you. To access a discussion, simply click the desired item from the list.
- To review review all comments, navigate using the page buttons located at the top or bottom of the page.
- Note: all discussion groups you are actively participating in can also be found below your profile info on the left side of the "Home" page.
HOW DO I ACCESS AVAILABLE SURVEYS?
- Periodically surveys will be available for panelists to complete.
- In order to access these surveys, click the "My Surveys" tab at the top of the screen.
- If you have any pending survey invitations this is where they will be waiting.
- Note: these surveys can also be found under the heading "Online Surveys Waiting" located below your profile info on the left side of the "Home" page.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO COMPLETE SURVEYS IN ADDITION TO BEING ACTIVE IN DISCUSSION GROUPS? HOW WILL THE RESULTS BETWEEN THE TWO DIFFER?
- Although the discussion groups provide great insight on topics being presented, they do not always produce quantifiable results. Surveys provide measurable results in which decisions can be based upon. For instance, in a survey asking “How many farmers support the development of a new drainage policy?” a definable result of “90%” can easily be evaluated.
CONTACTS & REPORTING
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I FORGET OR MISPLACE MY USERNAME AND PASSWORD?
- If a panelist’s username or password is forgotten or misplaced please contact Marcia DaCosta by email at Marcia.email@example.com or by phone at (306) 657-5640 ext. 254.
HOW DO I REPORT POSTINGS THAT ARE OFFENSIVE, THREATEING, PROBLEMATIC OR NEGATIVE?
- If you find a post made by another panelist to be offensive, threatening, problematic or negative in any way, do not hesitate to contact Marcia DaCosta to report such harassment immediately. Marcia can be reached by email: Marcia.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (306) 657-5640 ext. 254.
WHY DO SOME PANELISTS HAVE THE TITLE "MOD" BY THEIR NAME?
- MOD stands for Moderator, which is an Insightrix employee moderating the discussions. Their role is to guide discussions and ask any additional questions.
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Membership is open to all Saskatchewan residents who wish to participate in providing input into a drainage policy for Saskatchewan. All users or representatives must be 18 years of age or older at the time of their registration.
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