ALUS Middlesex

The ALUS Middlesex program aims to help address environmental issues affecting water quality in the Great Lakes, re-establish tallgrass prairie, improve buffer areas, manage wetlands and establish other projects providing ecosystem services such as flood mitigation, carbon sequestration and pollinator support.

 

 

 

The ALUS Middlesex program was established in 2017 in close partnership with ALUS Canada. Located in Southwestern Ontario, Middlesex County is a largely agricultural area with diverse cropping systems in field, horticulture and livestock, as well as an important rural-urban interface nestled around the city hubs of London and Strathroy.

ALUS works closely with landowners to develop and support projects that are best suited to local needs and priorities. The ALUS Middlesex program aims to help address environmental issues affecting water quality in the Great Lakes, given that the Middlesex region is split between the Lake Huron and Lake Erie watersheds, and that the local Thames River has been identified as a priority watershed for Great Lakes health. By managing their marginal lands differently, ALUS participants can create habitat connections, filter water before it enters sensitive wetlands, and enhance wildlife habitat across these critical Canadian watersheds.

The ALUS Middlesex program also aims to re-establish tallgrass prairie ecosystems, improve buffer areas, manage wetlands and establish other projects providing ecosystem services such as flood mitigation, carbon sequestration and pollinator support.

Through their ALUS projects, ALUS Middlesex participants will help to produce cleaner water, cleaner air and more biodiversity, including pollinator habitat, for the benefit of everyone in surrounding communities.

ALUS Middlesex PAC June 2018. Left to right: George Thompson, Matt Langford (PAC Secretary), Tom Heeman (PAC Chair), Steve Bradish (PAC Treasurer), Mary Simpson, Hillary Heard (Program Coordinator), Laura Hathaway. Missing: Dan Brinkman (Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority), Phil Moddle (PAC Vice Chair), Jane Sadler-Richards, Jim Lovell.
ALUS Middlesex PAC June 2018. Left to right: George Thompson, Matt Langford (PAC Secretary), Tom Heeman (PAC Chair), Steve Bradish (PAC Treasurer), Mary Simpson, Hillary Heard (Program Coordinator), Laura Hathaway. Missing: Dan Brinkman (Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority), Phil Moddle (PAC Vice Chair), Jane Sadler-Richards, Jim Lovell.

 

News & Events in Middlesex

It Takes a Village

Posted October 20, 2018 in Ontario

ALUS works closely with many organizations across Canada. In September, 2018, we celebrated collaboration in Ontario.
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Environment and Climate Change Canada grants ALUS Canada $600,000 to improve Lake Erie water quality

Posted July 19, 2018 in Ontario

PRESS RELEASE – PORT COLBORNE, July 19, 2018 — Environment and Climate Change Canada grants ALUS Canada $600,000 to improve Lake Erie water quality.
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The 2018 ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award

Posted June 12, 2018 in Prince Edward Island

Congratulations to Joe Csoff, ALUS Norfolk participant and PAC member, for receiving the 2018 ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award
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The 2018 Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award

Posted June 13, 2018 in Saskatchewan

Congratulations to Dr. Wanhong Yang, recipient of the 2018 Weston Family Ecosystem Innovation Award.
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Job Well Done

Posted July 9, 2018 in Saskatchewan

ALUS Canada recognizes impact of Dave Reid, Director of Research and ALUS pioneer whose retirement was announced on June 6, 2018.
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Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
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