Great News for Community Stewardship Groups
Posted December 21, 2016 by LSC
Over the past several months, Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) has been working closely with Alberta Environment and Parks, advocating for the reinstatement of provincial financial support for grassroots stewardship groups and the important work they are doing in communities across the province to the benefit of all Albertans.
Today, LSC is pleased to share with you that Minister Shannon Phillips and Alberta Environment and Parks have restored the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) program funding.
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has approved multi-year funding totaling $925,000 to LSC to help protect Alberta’s water resources, now and into the future. LSC will distribute this funding through the Watershed Stewardship Grant program beginning with $250,000 in 2016–2017, followed by $225,000 for each of the next three years, ending in 2019–20.
“Land Stewardship Centre is an important partner in Alberta’s efforts to promote healthy aquatic ecosystems. Programs funded by these grants will result in reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy and safe, secure drinking water which will benefit all Albertans.”
Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
This funding commitment builds on previous provincial support for the WSG program, which supports local stewardship groups and their projects across the province. This multi-year funding of the WSG program will allow LSC’s work, which supports the development of long term planning and community-based projects, to continue. Read the full Government of Alberta news release here.
“Over the years, the Watershed Stewardship Grant program has enabled stewardship groups to bring about positive action and deliver results in communities across Alberta. On behalf of these groups which rely on this funding, we thank Minister Phillips and her Ministry for this funding, which demonstrates their leadership and commitment to our collective efforts.”
Brian E. Ilnicki, Executive Director, Land Stewardship Centre
About the Watershed Stewardship Grant Program
The longstanding relationship between LSC and AEP goes back a decade. With funding from AEP, LSC has delivered the WSG program in Alberta since 2006. In that time, more than $1.8 million dollars have been allocated to 127 community-based stewardship groups across Alberta, with an additional $5.7 million leveraged through partnerships.
Throughout the history of the WSG program, community stewardship groups have worked collaboratively with local municipalities, local land owners and land managers, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils and other conservation organizations to design and deliver in excess of 300 projects. These groups and their projects have all contributed to bringing the provincial Water for Life Strategy goals to life, and making healthy aquatic ecosystems, reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy, and safe, secure drinking water a reality. Stewardship groups, enabled by the WSG program funding, have helped support the work of government on monitoring, developing management plans and increasing awareness.
Over the years, the WSG program has clearly enabled stewardship groups to bring about positive action and deliver results in communities across Alberta. We are proud of the high level of commitment and professionalism that these stewardship groups have displayed and LSC looks forward to continuing our work with them in the future.
For more information and to be advised of when LSC will be accepting applications for the next round of WSG funding contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.