04/25/2012 06:08 EDT | Updated 06/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan farmers say illegal ditches dug by neighbours are flooding land

REGINA - Illegal drainage on farmland in Saskatchewan is pitting neighbour against neighbour and the province is being asked to help.

Several farmers went to the legislature to say that the government needs to shut down illegal ditches.

Barbara Onofreychuk (ON'-uh-fray-chuck) says her neighbours brought in backhoes to move water and that flooded her farm in MacNutt near the Manitoba boundary.

Onofreychuk says she fears the flooding could contaminate wells.

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan says the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority is trying to clear a backlog of complaints following heavy rain last year.

Duncan says information will also be sent to landowners outlining the ramifications of digging illegal ditches.