Riparian & Ecological Enhancement Project Funding Available

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Riparian and Ecological Enhancement (REEP)

Mountain View County together with the Alberta Conservation Association has funding available for riparian and ecological enhancement projects, with a maximum of $5,000 per project available. Potential projects include:

  • Permanent riparian fencing
  • Off-site watering systems
  • Creek crossings
  • Purchase of native seed, shrubs and or trees to plant around riparian areas

Watch the Mountain View Gazette and the County website for funding availability, program runs while funding is available.

Mountain View County completes a riparian health assessment in the initial project completion year and five (5) years after for all funded projects to measure the success of the program.

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Funding Process:

The County's Sustainable Agricultural Specialist will come to each applicant's property to do a pre-project environmental health assessment and to gather pictures of the project area. All projects will be rated on the significance of their environmental impact by agricultural staff. A presentation of all the project applications will be put together and reviewed at an Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Meeting. The ASB will decide on the funding allocation. Applicants will be contacted and a contract will be made up between Mountain View County and the landowner.

Benefits of protecting your riparian area are:

  • Improved water quality
  • Clean drinking water
  • Safer Water
  • Increased biodiversity of plants and animals
  • Increased amount of healthy native vegetation and a reduced amount of invasive and disturbance species
  • Reduced erosion
  • Riparian areas trap sediment
  • Store nutrients and contaminants
  • Healthy livestock
  • More wildlife and fish habitat

For more information contact Lorelee Grattidge, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, at 403-335-3311 ext. 163 or email lgrattidge@mvcounty.com.

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

Mountain View County has a successful partnership with Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Canada (a Weston family initiative) to manage and deliver community-led, producer-delivered environmental projects, utilizing the ALUS program model to establish demonstration projects, with a focus on the conservation, restoration, protection or enhancement of wetlands.

The ALUS programs pays farmers to retain and reconstruct natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands, riparian areas and treed areas that benefits include habitat for fish and wildlife including waterfowl, species at risk and native pollinator insects, cleaner air and water, and sustainable food production on working landscapes.

A call for applications is once again underway in 2020 for potential projects with a wetland focus. Producers interested in converting marginal cropland including areas around bogs, swamps, marshes or shallow open water, areas of saline soil, into tame forages or native prairie mixtures should contact should consider making an application under the program for funding. As well as those wanting to fence off wetlands or riparian areas or interested in enhancing these areas with native grasses, trees and shrubs or the protection of native stands should contact Lorelee Grattidge, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist with Mountain View County, at 403-335-3311 ext 163 or via email at lgrattidge@mvcounty.com

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) has projects throughout five provinces, their goal is to create a healthy landscape that sustains agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for all Canadians. For more information on ALUS please visit their website: http://alus.ca/

To apply for ALUS program funding use the below application:

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