ALUS Seine Rat Roseau
Where Agriculture and Nature Meet
Seine Rat Roseau

The ALUS Seine Rat Roseau program, which operates under the motto of “Farm the best and leave the rest,” aims to address important local environmental issues, particularly the protection and enhancement of surface water and groundwater in southeastern Manitoba. 

To accomplish this, the ALUS Seine Rat Roseau Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC), made up of farmers and stakeholders, prioritizes projects that remove sensitive, marginal sections of croplands and forage lands from agricultural production, to establish, restore and enhance wetlands, floodplains and other water-retention areas.

“It is really encouraging to see ALUS welcome the SRRWD into this national effort,” said Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District Manager Jodi Goerzen. “Right now, there is a lot of local anticipation around how incentivizing alternative land use practices in our agricultural community will become the catalyst to better water quality in Manitoba, while increasing understanding of the benefits of ecological goods and services that some producers already provide.”

The Board of Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District is also enthusiastic about what the ALUS Seine Rat Roseau program can do to benefit the area.

“This is the bold move towards protecting and sustaining the management of our land and water resources that southeastern Manitoba has been waiting years to embark on,” commented SRRWD Board Chair Cornie Goertzen.

Like all ALUS programs, ALUS Seine Rat Roseau is completely voluntary for local agricultural producers and landowners, and is overseen by a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC).

“We are excited to demonstrate the good work farmers are accomplishing and to showcase how we can all be part of a sustainable tomorrow through participation in alternative land use programs like ALUS Seine Rat Roseau,” said the PAC’s Vice-Chair, Harold Janzen, who is also an ALUS Seine Rat Roseau demonstration farmer.

The ALUS Seine Rat Roseau program is located in the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District, which covers approximately 6,700 square kilometres in southeastern Manitoba. The area is roughly triangular in shape, with its tip at Winnipeg and its base along the U.S. border, extending from the Red River all the way to the southeast corner of the province.

The District is comprised of three sub-watersheds including the Seine River, Rat-Marsh River and Roseau River with all of their respective drains and tributaries, such as the Manning Canal, Seine River Diversion, Tourond Creek, Joubert Creek, Angle Drain and Jordan Creek.

It includes the iconic geography of the fertile Red River Valley in the west, and the scenic Sandilands Escarpment in the east, which is more heavily forested with some localized rangelands.

The SRRWD is home to 70,000 residents, residing in 16 municipalities including the third-largest City in Manitoba, Steinbach.

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

Together, ALUS and the Seine Rat Roseau Watershed District are working towards sustaining agriculture, wildlife and natural space for all residents – one acre at a time.

For more information and for application forms, please contact ALUS Seine Rat Roseau’s program coordinators.

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ALUS Seine Rat Roseau Coordinators

Joey Pankiw

Joey Pankiw

Program Coordinator

154 Friesen Ave., Steinbach, MB R5G 0T5
[email protected]

Dani Gosselin

Dani Gosselin

Assistant Program Coordinator

154 Friesen Ave., Steinbach, MB R5G 0T5
[email protected]


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Agri Conseil Maska

Groupe ProConseils

Julien Pagé

ALUS Montérégie PAC Chair, and 1st Vice-President of the Montérégie UPA Federation

Christian St-Jacques

Farmer and former President, Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie

Charles Boulerice

Farmer, and President, Syndicat de l’UPA la Vallée-du-Richelieu

Florent Raymond

Farmer, Hazen-Bleury et de la Barbotte committee

André Mousseau

Farmer and President, Syndicat de l’UPA Vallée maskoutaine

Martin Berger

Farmer andmember of the Pot au Beurre et AgriClimat project committee

Claude Vasseur

Farmer and former Vice-President, Syndicat de l’UPA du Haut-Richelieu 

Marie-Laure Marcotte

Agronomist at Groupe ProConseil and member of the Huron River committee 

Marcel Comiré

General Manager, COVABAR 

Annie Tremblay

Agronomist at Agri Conseils Maska 

Renée Gagnon

Executive Director, CIME Haut-Richelieu

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