Alberta Environment and Parks established the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program in 2014 to build long-term resiliency to flood and drought events. The program aims to improve natural watershed functions in order to build greater long-term resiliency to droughts and floods through 4 key focus areas:
- Restoration and enhancement of degraded or lost wetlands, riparian areas and floodplains within priority watersheds to improve flood and drought resiliency.
- Conservation of critical wetlands, riparian areas and floodplain features within priority watersheds, with these areas being given greater consideration for preserving by decision makers and landowners.
- Stewardship is increased through greater understanding and awareness among the public, land-use decision makers and other key stakeholders of the importance of watershed functions, and their relationship to flood and drought mitigation.
- Data, research and information are available to support the WRRP and aid future decision-making.
Applicants must be legal entities, such as:
- Non-governmental organizations;
- Indigenous communities;
- Incorporated watershed groups;
- Drainage/irrigation districts; and,
- Any other group registered under the provincial Societies Act.
Eligible project costs to the applicant funded under the WRRP include, but are not limited to the following:
- Salaries and benefits directly tied to staff hired for project(s);
- Reasonable travel-related expenses as outlined by AEP;
- Cost of computer equipment together with software to be used for the eligible activities up to a maximum of $3,000 unless otherwise approved:
- Speaker fees for workshops, conference or seminars related to watershed resiliency and restoration;
- Costs for development or delivery of eligible watershed education/engagement activities to support project development/delivery;
- Costs of goods and services to promote and deliver the eligible activities (including for WRRP administrative costs);
- Operating expenses related to the project; Equipment purchases and leases; Capital infrastructure directly tied to restoration or conservation projects;
- Materials and deliverables directly tied to the project;
- Technical consulting and professional services; Education, communication and outreach activities related to the project; and,
- Post project evaluation performed within the program term and directly linked to project deliverables.
Deadline DateJune 30, 2021
Contact Name: WRRP Program Coordinator
E-mail Address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org