Wheatland County has had a permanent employee dedicated to working on agricultural environmental extension for 15 years, and has had an agri-environmental program in place for 25 years. In that time, Wheatland County has made many advancements in environmental stewardship, as a participant in the Canada-Alberta Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture program, and strong supporter of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry programs like the Environmental Farm Plan, and Growing Forward funding. The focus in this time has been soil conservation, watershed protection, and range/riparian health, goals which resulted in many advancements such as riparian health inventories, producer-driven watershed stewardship groups, water quality monitoring programs, water resources surveys, agri-environmental workshops for producers, and partnerships with key stakeholders in environmental management in Alberta, to name a few. For more information, visit the “Conservation” page under the Agricultural Services tab.
Wheatland County’s new Environmental Program will build upon the strengths and successes of past projects, key in on issues that affect our ratepayers most, and guide the County towards environmental accountability for the benefit of its residents, industry, and visitors. The program provides a means of meeting increasing environmental challenges in a way that suits our ratepayers, and will broaden the scope of our efforts.
To read about some of the major environmental advancements, click here.
For the second quarter report, click here.
Check out these documents:
Alberta Environment Protection and Enhancement Act
For more information about anything environmental: