By Karen Briere, The Western Producer, August 4, 2017 

Several cattle producers along the Wood River in south-central Saskatchewan have to move about 1,000 head to different pastures after water quality in the river declined unexpectedly.

The issue arose earlier this week after Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals, based at Chaplin, diverted water from the river for its sodium sulfate operations.

As a result, oxygen levels in the river that about a half dozen producers use to water their cattle dropped unacceptably low, according to one of those affected.

Gerry Duckworth said he knew something was wrong when he came across dozens of dead fish and an intense sewage smell.

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