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by Ken Lewis, ALUS Coordinator, Red Deer CountyYou can get up to 85% of costs covered for projects you want to do, like riparian management fencing, off-stream livestock watering, crossings, portable shelters, and more.Red Deer County’s ALUS Program has funding from many sources. One of our funders (Environment Canada) is looking to improve fish habitat. Another funder (Sylvan Lake Management Committee) is looking to support projects that can benefit Sylvan Lake. ALUS works with farmers and ranchers that make management changes on their operations, so that there’s an increased production of ecosystem services.ALUS pays those farmers and ranchers in two ways:1. Cost-sharing on the doing practices like those listed above (up to 85%)2. Providing annual payments for the acres involved, for up to 10 years. These payments are up to $30 or $40 per acre per year.Fish habitat (for the purpose of our funding) is streams, rivers, lakes that have fish in them - it’s also the little creeks, draws, coulees etc. that drain into those “fish-bearing” waters and the nearby land where run-off can occur. So, any project you do in Red Deer County, that can help improve things for fish, could be eligible for the ALUS Program.Please give me a call any time, at 403.505.9038 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas.