Alternative Land Use Systems

The Alternative Land Use Systems Programming at the SRRCD is designed changing land production from agricultural production into areas where that land can be used to establish, restore and enhance wetlands, floodplains and other water-retention areas, “Farm the best, Leave the rest.” Our programming aims to improve water quality by reducing nutrient runoff reduce soil erosion, providing carbon sequestration and providing wildlife and pollinator habitat.

Class 1-3 Agricultural Land

Classes 1 to 3 lands are considered to be capable of sustained annual production of cultivated crops.

This program is intended for the establishment of grassed buffers in natural flood plains along rivers, streams, creeks and drains on Class 1-3 Cropland. The reestablishment of wetland buffers and floodplains or the creation of areas of water retention also qualifies. These areas captures nutrient run-off, provides erosion reduction, captures carbon, and provides wildlife and pollinator habitat.

The SRRCD provides an annual $100 per acre land payment over a 5 year or 10 year contract. The SRRCD covers $100 per acre establishment cost (labour, equipment and seed).

Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. Will submit a self-report with pictures to receive full payments. Without a self-report or fulfilling your duties will result in a half payment or no payment.

Class 4 Agricultural Land

Class 4 lands have limited capacity for cropland but are capable of producing quality forage crops and range lands.

This program is intended for the reestablishment of wetland buffers and floodplains or the creation of areas for water retention on Class 4 agricultural land that is being used for forage, cropland or rangeland. The establishment of grassed buffers in natural flood plains along rivers, streams, creeks and drains also qualifies. These areas have capacity for water retention, provide uptake of nutrients, capture carbon, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and protect downstream infrastructure.

The SRRCD provides an annual $30 per acre land payment over a 5 year or 10 year contract The SRRCD covers 50% of establishment costs for fencing and $100 per acre grassed buffer establishment cost (labour, equipment and seed).

Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. Will submit a self-report with pictures to receive full payments. Without a self-report or fulfilling your duties will result in a half payment or no payment.

Class 5 and Higher Agricultural Land

Class 5+ lands have limitations in the ability to produce forage crops or quality rangeland.

This program is intended for the reestablishment of wetland and floodplains or the creation of areas of water retention on Class 5 agricultural land that is being used for forage or rangeland. These areas have high potential for water retention, provide uptake of nutrients, capture carbon, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat and protect downstream infrastructure.

The SRRCD provides an annual $15 per acre land payment over a 5 or 10 year contract. The SRRCD covers 100% of establishment costs such as fencing.

Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. Will submit a self-report with pictures to receive full payments. Without a self-report or fulfilling your duties will result in a half payment or no payment.

ALUS Funding Opportunities

ALUS Projects

Art Enns ALUS Grassed Buffer