Where Agriculture and Nature Meet

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.

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Nearly $1M in federal funding for aquatic SAR in ALUS Prairie Hub

Nearly $1M in federal funding for aquatic SAR in ALUS Prairie Hub

DFO’s Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk grants ALUS Canada $983,000 to improve aquatic habitat in the Prairies. ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, is thrilled to announce $983,000 in funding from the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species At Risk...

Larry and DeLee Grant: Flexible and Strong in Saskatchewan

Larry and DeLee Grant: Flexible and Strong in Saskatchewan

ALUS WUQWATR participants Larry and DeLee Grant produce wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in Saskatchewan. It’s no secret that one of the strongest assets of the ALUS program is its flexibility—and this is certainly the case in ALUS WUQWATR, Saskatchewan....

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts: ALUS Canada’s October 2018 Field Conference

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts: ALUS Canada’s October 2018 Field Conference

ALUS Canada’s October 2018 Field Conference proves that Prairie spirits cannot be dampened by the weather. On October 10 and 11, early snow across Manitoba and Saskatchewan made for unexpectedly wintry conditions as ALUS Canada’s Prairie Hub gathered for their 2018...

ALUS WUQWATR Coordinators

Justine Melo

Justine Melo

Box 965
Regina, SK
S4P 3B2

Delta Waterfowl

Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds (SAW)

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF)

Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS)


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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