Agricultural Land Owner Resources
Environmental Farm Plans (EFP's) are a great jumping off point for agricultural land owners! It is a voluntary program to help land owners make decisions on their properties. EFP's are a way to help inform land owners of potential environmental risk factors on their farms and are also used as a precursor to many grant funding opportunities.
The LSWC staff are certified EFP Technicians and can help producers through the EFP process! Get in touch with us to sign up for an EFP! We also offer support for EFP's from start to finish, and can help apply for grant funding and work through projects!
Cows and Fish is an Alberta based organization that is focused on the health and well-being of riparian areas. Their goals are to protect riparian areas around the province and bring awareness to the benefits of having a good riparian buffer around waterways and waterbodies.
The Riparian Web Portal was established by the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) to gather together riparian health assessment data from across the province. The goal is to gather together as much data as possible to paint a picture of riparian health in Alberta. Check out these quick resources from the riparian portal:
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a program built to help producers make improvements to their operations. To apply for grant funding from the CAP program, producers must have completed an EFP to be eligible for funding.
The LSWC can help producers complete an EFP and is equipped to help producers complete the grant funding application and help implement improvements to projects within the Lesser Slave Watershed!
The Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program is geared towards funding projects that will increase the watersheds around the province' ability to mitigate harsh weather conditions like drought and flood events. Key goals of the program are to restore and conserve wetlands and riparian areas while also increasing stewardship of the land. The focus of the program is to restore or create natural solutions like willow staking and enhancing wetlands.
The LSWC has grant funding available to projects that meet the specific goals of the program.
Invasive Species Guides
Invasive Species are a threat to any farming operation. It is important to be in the know when it comes to the species living on your land. You can also download the invasive species reporting app for free to help monitor for invasive species!
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Alberta Watering Systems
An important tool to protecting riparian areas and waterways is an off-site watering station. Here are some local solar watering system providers: