Alternative Land Use Systems

The Alternative Land Use Systems Programming at the SRRWD enables unproductive agricultural land to 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.

Cultivated Crop Land

Cultivated Crop Land

This program is intended to transition cultivated land to perennial grasses in natural flood plains along rivers, streams, creeks, drains or other low-lying poorly drained land. The re-establishment of wetland buffers and floodplains or the creation of areas of water retention also qualifies. These areas capture nutrient run-off, provides erosion reduction, captures carbon, and provides wildlife and pollinator habitat.

The SRRWD provides an annual  land payment up to a maximum of $100 per acre over a 5 year or 10-year contract. The SRRWD 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. They are required to 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 Forage/Grazing Land

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

This program is intended for the re-establishment 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. These areas have capacity for water retention, provide uptake of nutrients, capture carbon, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and protect downstream infrastructure.

The SRRWD provides an annual $30 per acre land payment over a 5 year or 10 year contract The SRRWD covers 80%-100% of establishment costs.

Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. They are required to 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 Forage/Grazing 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 SRRWD provides an annual $15 per acre land payment over a 5 or 10 year contract. The SRRWD covers 80%-100% of establishment costs.

Landowners are will remove vegetation (flash grazing or baling) from the protected areas after mid-July as weather permits to reduce nutrient runoff. They are required to 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

Jeremie Lussier Grassed Waterway

Hylife Laredo Water Retention

Martial Gosselin ALUS Perennial Grass Project

Chubaty Water Retention Living Labs

Herbsigwil Farms ALUS Riparian Perennial Grass Buffer

Harold Janzen ALUS Riparian Perennial Grass Buffer

Art Enns ALUS Grassed Buffer