In March of 2015 the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program began its debut for Lac Ste. Anne County in the Lake Isle - Sturgeon River Headwaters Sub-watersheds.
Since its inception in the sub- watersheds, ALUS Lac Ste. Anne and Parkland County established 10 projects on 7 unique farms positively impacting 160 acres of farmland. Projects included fencing off waterways from livestock, protecting riparian areas, and planting native vegetation on degraded land. The goal of these projects is to improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion and loss, and increase biodiversity. This program aims to reduce the impacts of flood and drought events on the landscape. ALUS works by implementing Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) and is designed to compliment the current agricultural operations. ALUS works with the farmer to design projects and provide technical and financial support to see the project right through to the end. The Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program (AWEP) under Growing Forward 2 provided a grant to get ALUS up and running with tremendous help from Parkland County. A second grant through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program was secured in 2017 to grow ALUS in Lac Ste. Anne County. If you are an active agricultural producer in Lac Ste Anne County looking to do an ALUS project, contact the County office at 1-866-880-5722.