Agricultural Watershed Enhancement
Agricultural Watershed Enhancement
Who can participate?
This program has a two part process:
- The Group Proposal - The Proposal is created and submitted by a legally incorporated agricultural group (watershed group, agricultural research association, etc.) or form of municipal government. It is designed to identify the environmental issue the group wishes to address, and how the proposed projects will be implemented and monitored over the program.
- The Landowner Applications - The Applications outline each Producer’s project and how it will address the environmental issue previously stated in the group proposal. Producers applying as part of a group under AWE do not require an Environmental Farm Plan to be eligible (although it is still encouraged). Landowner applications cannot be submitted until the associated Group Proposal has been reviewed and approved.
Group/Legal Entity – Any agriculture group registered under the Societies Act, such as an applied research/forage association, incorporated watershed groups, incorporated not-for-profit organizations and a local municipal government that is interested in increasing the uptake of wetland restoration and riparian health beneficial management practices and realize measureable changes within high risk watershed areas, focused on addressing flood, drought and water quality issues.
Producer - Any individual producer wishing to take part in this program MUST obtain input and support from a Group/Legal Entity. A group proposal is a precondition for Landowner applications located in the Enhancement Area specified in the Group Proposal. If you are not a part of a group project proposal, you can still apply individually under the On-Farm Stewardship Program. To locate a legal entity in your area contact your local municipality or watershed to find out about possible proposals in your area.
This program facilitates the delivery of targeted, comprehensive extension programs, increased uptake of wetland restoration and riparian health beneficial management practices (BMPs), with the objective of realizing significant and measureable changes within high risk watershed areas, focused on addressing water quality issues. This program will encourage watershed groups, municipalities, and/or industry organizations to develop implementation plans targeting the adoption of BMPs related to surface water quality by producers in high risk areas.
Collaboration with Alberta Environment and Parks: Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP)
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is implementing the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) directed at increasing the natural capacity of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects from flooding and droughts for the benefit of Albertans and their communities.
While the WRRP has a different focus (drought and flood resiliency) versus the AWEP (water quality), it was recognized that collaborating and working together to support both programs ensures a more robust watershed approach that supports work at all scales of the watersheds.
AEP and AF have developed a joint one-window application and review process for 2016. All applications will be considered under both programs and the two departments will be collaborating on the review and administration of grants to projects.
For details about this new application process, see the document: AWEP/WRRP Joint Programs Approach.
***Please note: Any individual producer wishing to take part in this program MUST obtain input and support from a Legal Entity (see definition above) before a Proposal and associated Project application can be submitted.
Eligible/resulting activities may include: fencing for riparian pasture management, alternative watering systems, winter watering systems, wintering site or manure storage facility relocation, buffer and grassed waterway establishment, wetland and riparian restoration, run-on and run-off controls and cultural weed control systems in riparian areas.
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