The ALUS WUQWATR program is an exciting and meaningful initiative that works with farmers and ranchers in the Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle watersheds to help enhance the benefits of nature on the working landscape in Saskatchewan.
ALUS expanded into the community in 2015 and is supported by the Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR), a non-profit organization. WUQWATR was established to implement the source water protection plan for the Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle watersheds and continues to focus on promoting watershed stewardship through programming, communications and initiatives to help protect surface and ground waters.
The program is available to all four sub-watersheds within WUQWATR: Wascana Creek, Upper Qu’Appelle River, Lanigan-Manitou and the Last Mountain Lake watershed. Staff work with each producer to provide the support and technical resources specific to their needs. This individualized approach allows for innovative and non-prescriptive solutions to environmental priorities on their land.
“We enjoy watching the program expand in our watersheds and have enrolled over 3,500 acres to date with over 30 different producers,” says WUQWATR Programs Lead, Justine Melo. “We are excited to see what the future holds for the ALUS WUQWATR program and continue to spread the word to producers about the benefits and importance of this conservation initiative.”
Working with private landowners and program supporters through the ALUS program allows WUQWATR to address key matters in their Source Water Protection Plan. Recently, a generous donation from Nutrien Lanigan Potash has allowed WUQWATR to support four renewal projects in 2020-2021 and keep over 400 acres enrolled in the ALUS program creating ecosystem services, such as cleaner air and water, for all to benefit from. Through ALUS, WUQWATR can focus on the watershed’s environmental targets which include reducing soil erosion and nutrient loading, protecting groundwater and aquifers and mitigating flood risks.
The ALUS Difference in WUQWATR
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Along the Qu'Appelle River northwest of Regina, the Sigurdsons have introduced an exclusion fencing project and restored riparian buffer with ALUS. ALUS team members visit the Sigurdsons’ project near Lumsden, SK during the October 2022 Prairie Jamboree. The water...
ALUS coordinators showcase nature-based solutions at different points in a project’s lifecycle. In 2021, ALUS introduced the Before and After Photo Contest with the aim of encouraging ALUS communities to demonstrate the magnitude of their ecosystem projects....
ALUS team members met for collaborative engagement and learning at regional 2022 jamborees.In September and October 2022, ALUS organized three conferences, allowing our team members across the country to get together, tour project sites and discuss our shared...
ALUS WUQWATR Coordinators
Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW)
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF)
Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS)
ALUS Montérégie PAC Chair, and 1st Vice-President of the Montérégie UPA Federation
Farmer and former President, Fédération de l’UPA de la Montérégie
Farmer, and President, Syndicat de l’UPA la Vallée-du-Richelieu
Farmer, Hazen-Bleury et de la Barbotte committee
Farmer and President, Syndicat de l’UPA Vallée maskoutaine
Farmer andmember of the Pot au Beurre et AgriClimat project committee
Farmer and former Vice-President, Syndicat de l’UPA du Haut-Richelieu
Agronomist at Groupe ProConseil and member of the Huron River committee
General Manager, COVABAR
Agronomist at Agri Conseils Maska
Executive Director, CIME Haut-Richelieu