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Alberta provides flood, drought protection funding for Calgary and other vulnerable communities


July 23, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Calgary – Twelve organizations in southern Alberta and other vulnerable communities across the province will share a total of almost $1 million through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, the Alberta government said in a news release.

Over three years, 30 organizations have received $18.5 million from the province to pay for this work, the release said. This is the third and final round of that funding.

The grants will go towards such projects as the restoration of riparian areas, creation of wetlands, installation of rain gardens in urban locations, soil bioengineering, implementation of agricultural best management practices, and the increased use of beaver structures.

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“A healthy watershed is our first – and arguably best – defence against flood and drought,” the province said. “If appropriately managed, Alberta’s natural watershed systems will help mitigate severe natural events and will provide many other ecological benefits. Sound stewardship, education and conservation will ensure that these areas are maintained and enhanced.”

Over the life of the program, Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program grants will fund the restoration of more than 40 kilometres of riparian areas and the creation or enhancement of more than 600 hectares of wetlands. The grants will also support projects focused on education, outreach and the implementation of best management practices.