ALUS participants Tom and Margaret Towers receive the 2019 Dave Reid Award for innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Tamara Ranch.
Brazeau County’s ALUS program focuses on improving riparian habitat, increasing flood and drought resiliency, and improving water quality within the Modeste subwatershed.
In 2016, ALUS Brazeau was approved for a provincial grant application focused on water quality and drought and flood resilience in the area.
ALUS Brazeau’s Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) reviews and approves all potential ALUS projects in the community, with guidance, support, advice and expertise provided by ALUS Canada and Brazeau County staff.
The ALUS Brazeau PAC is comprised of five local producers, representatives from four external agencies (North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Cows & Fish, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, West-Central Forage Association), and one County Councillor. The PAC has established specific criteria for potential ALUS projects:
- ALUS Brazeau projects should be submitted by an agricultural producer with a registered or legally defined farming operation, eligible for farm tax status in Alberta;
- ALUS Brazeau projects should have agricultural activity occurring on marginal or environmentally sensitive portions of the lands that are being considered for enrolment in ALUS;
- ALUS Brazeau projects should be located on less than 20% of the titled and/or leased land within Brazeau County, managed by the producer.
News & Events in Brazeau
On June 4, 2019, ALUS Canada presented the Dave Reid Award to farmers and ranchers for excellence and innovation in producing ecosystem services.
Speaking at the Edmonton Convention Centre on March 20, 2019, ALUS Canada’s CEO, Bryan Gilvesy, presented creative solutions to wetland restoration at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta’s Spring Convention.
Province of Alberta
North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
Cows & Fish
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
West-Central Forage Association