Climate Change and Environment

Riparian Area Enhancement


The purpose of the Riparian Area Enhancement BMP is to establish and maintain healthy riparian areas that provide:

  • Wildlife habitat, continuity and increased biodiversity through the re-establishment or rehabilitation of riparian vegetation
  • Improvements to surface water quality by capturing sediments, nutrients and pesticides
  • Riverbank and shoreline stabilization and erosion control
  • Water storage that contributes to reducing downstream flooding during high water events
  • Greater landscape resilience to the impacts of climate change

Intake Information

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Eligible Applicants

Watershed Districts

Eligible Activities

  • Alternative livestock watering systems (i.e.: solar, wind, grid power, pipeline) including pumping, delivery, storage, power and access components, hardware, and supplies
  • Establishment of riparian vegetation, including tame forage
  • Riparian fencing
  • Improved crossings (establishment of new or improvement to existing)
  • Constructed works to stabilize erosion (contour terraces, gully stabilization, bank stabilization, drop inlet structures, enhanced infiltration systems, in-channel control, sediment traps, retention ponds and erosion control dams)

Project Timeline

Projects will have up to eighteen months to be completed.

Cost share Funding

Watershed Districts can be reimbursed for up to 100 per cent of total approved eligible costs.

  • There is a $100,000 maximum funding cap per application worksheet.

Additional Information and Documents

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Terms and Conditions Program Guide