WRRP aims to improve natural watershed functions in order to build greater long-term resilience to droughts and floods through conservation, education and stewardship, research and data, and restoration and enhancement. The primary objective of the program is to increase the natural ability of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects of flooding and drought through watershed mitigation measures.
Additionally, the program aims to address impacts of past flooding and/or droughts through the restoration of degraded priority areas of watersheds which will enhance communities’ ability to withstand future flooding or droughts. Finally, the program seeks to promote the ongoing stewardship and preservation of key components of Alberta’s watersheds.
- Non-governmental organizations
- Stewardship groups and other not-for-profit organizations
- First Nations
- Local authorities, provided that it is for a project undertaken in partnership with landowners
Private entities, whether it is an individual or enterprise, are eligible to participate and contribute to projects, but are not eligible to receive funding under the WRRP. Partnerships between multiple stakeholders are encouraged under this program.
- Salaries and benefits for project staff
- Operating expenses related to the project
- Capital infrastructure directly tied to projects
- Administrative and legal costs
- Materials and deliverables directly tied to the project
- Technical consulting and professional services
- Education, communication and outreach activities related to the project
- Post project evaluation performed within the program term and directly linked to project deliverables
Deadline: October 30, 2017 (for funding in 2018-19).
Contact: Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program | GOA.Watershed@gov.ab.ca