Applications for projects are being accepted by Rocky View County (RVC) under the Alternate Land Use Services (ALUS) program.

Cleaner air and water, enhanced biodiversity, carbon sequestration, flood control, water retention, and habitat for pollinators are just a few of the ecological goods and services that these initiatives produce.

"ALUS targets areas that are marginally productive, are inefficient to farm or are environmentally sensitive. Areas such as steeply sloped cropland, low wet field areas, saline areas along watercourses, and odd areas that are difficult to farm with today’s larger equipment are some examples of where ALUS projects may be established," according to RVC.

The ALUS Rocky View Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) considers a broad range of initiatives for funding, provided that an ecological service is rendered.  Some examples of these projects include:

  • Restoration or protection of wetlands
  • Riparian fencing and offsite watering
  • Native prairie restoration,
  • Drainage ditch rehabilitation
  • Pollinator hedge creation
  • Wildlife habitat establishment including species at risk habitat enhancement, and eco-buffer establishment

The PAC will assess applications, and those that are chosen will be put into action in 2024. Since projects are continuously accepted throughout the year based on funding availability, early submission is always advised.

Just recently, RVC and the City of Airdrie signed the Airdrie-Rocky View County Master Shared Services Agreement (MSSA).

The MSSA will provide a clear understanding of shared services and their delivery which will lead to fair, cost-effective, and efficient provision of essential services that enhance the well-being of residents and businesses in both Airdrie and RVC. The MSSA will also govern all current inter-municipal servicing agreements.

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