Harold Janzen ALUS Riparian Perennial Grass Buffer

Ste. Elizabeth


  • Captures nutrient run-off
  • Erosion Reduction
  • Carbon Capture
  • Wildlife and pollinator habitat.


  • Mixture of lowland grasses is planted to helps stabilize soil and capture nutrient runoff
  • Grass is either cut and baled or flash grazed once a year for nutrient removal
  • Removal of grass is done after mid-July to protect possible wildlife nesting sites found within the buffer.

Project Overview

A portion of Harold Janzen’s field was within the flood plain of the Marsh River. This area of the field was hard to manage and was not as productive as the rest of the field. The SRRWD ALUS provided funding for Harold to establish perennial grasses in the flood plain along the river and provides him with an annual payment for changing the land-use from annual cropping to perennial grass.  Nutrient runoff is of high priority in these areas; grass buffers/water retention help keep nutrient loss down.