Four ALUS communities in Alberta received the 2018 Watershed Ambassador Award from the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance
ALUS Canada is proud to announce that four ALUS communities in Alberta have jointly received the 2018 Watershed Ambassador Award.
The Award was presented on World Water Day, March 22, as part of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA)’s 2018 Spring Forum held at Beaupre Community Hall, near Cochrane, Alberta.
“We are proud to present our Watershed Ambassador Award to ALUS Canada in recognition of their contributions to watershed management and stewardship within the Red Deer River watershed” said RDRWA Executive Director, Jeff Hanger.
“ALUS helps us forge connections with agricultural producers across our watershed, and it is a wonderful example of a network of community partnerships that brings people together, which ultimately benefits the health of our watershed,” Hanger added. “We love ALUS and will continue to help ALUS programs succeed in our watershed.”
A community-led program that invests in farmers and ranchers who produce acres of cleaner air, cleaner water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services across Canada, ALUS helps to protect and improve water quality and reduce the effect of extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts.
“I think ALUS is the best program for working with farmers and ranchers to deliver ecosystem services to the rest of the world,” said Ken Lewis, ALUS Red Deer County’s Program Coordinator, who accepted the award on behalf of all the ALUS communities operating in the watershed: ALUS Red Deer County, ALUS Mountain View, ALUS Lacombe County, and ALUS Wetaskiwin.
The Red Deer River watershed includes 55 urban centres and 18 rural or regional municipalities located along the River, which originates in Banff National Park and flows nearly 725 km through residential, industrial, natural and agricultural areas of Alberta to join up with the South Saskatchewan River.
“We have four ALUS communities in the Red Deer River watershed, with more on the way,” said Christine Campbell, ALUS Canada’s Western Hub Manager.
“There is so much good work being done by local farmers and ranchers, municipal staff and ALUS Partnership Advisory Committees in this watershed,” said Campbell. “It is wonderful to see them recognized as watershed ambassadors with this award.”
ALUS Canada is grateful to all ALUS supporters, including The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the David Bissett Action Fund, who help make this important work possible in Alberta.