What is Prairie Water?

Prairie Water is a research project based at the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and funded under the Global Water Futures programme. The project prioritizes scientific research on water to address pressing concerns of water security and management in the Canadian Prairies. Our objectives are informed by our partners’ questions, and our goal is to direct research to help inform water-related management and decision-making with the vision to enhance the resilience of Prairie communities in a changing world.

Our Team

To tackle complex problems, we require perspectives from diverse expertises. Our team consists of scientists from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, including hydrology, ecology, economics, anthropology, and governance. In addition, the foundation of our work is our innovative young professionals that are passionate about water science and sustainability of the Prairies.

Finally, we work closely with our partners to ensure project findings are mobilized into water management decisions. Currently, Prairie Water has a network of over 30 partners from federal and provincial governments, Indigenous communities and organizations, industry groups, agriculture, watershed groups, and environmental non-governmental organization.

"Resilience Is Who We Are" by Katie Spence. This video provides a brief introduction to past, current, and future water security challenges on the Prairies, featuring voices from our researchers and students.

Explore Our Research Teams

We are organized under three, inter-related Research Teams centred on key water challenges: (A) Water Availability, (B) Aquatic Ecosystem Health, and (C) Water Management Practice and Governance.