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Supporting rural land stewardship

The Oldman watershed includes some of the most productive farm and ranchland in the world. The OWC is proud of its reputation as being a "hands-on" organization and we work on the land, directly with our rural stakeholders.  

Our Watershed Legacy Program (WLP) provides the tools necessary for watershed stewardship groups (WSGs) and landowner cooperatives to take the next steps towards sustainable management of their land and operation. By coordinating efforts throughout the basin, the WLP aims to conserve and enhance our natural resources and the rural way of life.

What has been the impact?

  • 48 cooperative projects funded!
  • Over 1900 cows removed from streams, creeks and rivers!
  • Over 2000 bags of weeds removed!
  • Over 500 people engaged in educational events!
  • Over 700 people engaged in doing projects, learning, and sharing!

Why should YOU care?

Water is life. In the Oldman watershed, we all rely on the same waters that watershed stewards are protecting through funds and technical assistance provided by the OWC's Watershed Legacy Program.

For more information on the WLP Program contact:

Taren Hager, Office Manager

Email: taren@oldmanwatershed.ca

Phone: (403) 849-1346

2. What's Being Done?

How does the WLP work? 

The WLP aims at improving the way our landscape is managed within the Oldman Watershed to improve water quality. During the program development, seven key categories were identified, under which landowners and WSGs could apply for funding:

  1. Riparian and Creek Restoration Projects
  2. Invasive Species Management Programs
  3. Wetland Restoration and Development 
  4. Nutrient Management Projects
  5. Land Management e.g. salinity, wildlife issues, recreational, etc.
  6. Water Quality e.g. home water testing, 
  7. Outreach, Communication, or Education programming 

The WLP funds projects 50/50, meaning that we pay for half while the individual or group pays for the other half, either through time volunteered, funding provided by other organizations, or themselves. Members of the WLP Team (link to partners page) also provide technical assistance for projects, when it is required. There is an application process in which the group or person applying for assistance has to go through. Submitted applications are reviewed by Team members and projects are selected based on how they have been ranked.

An important part of the program is communicating what has been learned, challenges and opportunities of projects so that future projects can succeed. Recipients of the WLP submit a final report after their project is finished. Follow-up and monitoring are also an important part of the program.

Apply now (change to button)

Download the application form here

Current and Past Projects (2009-2016)


Blog space showing only WLP/AG/Rural Related Blogs

3. Partners & Supporters

Watershed Legacy Program (WLP) Team


Include Funders and Individual Supporters/Orgs/Holding the Reins

How can YOU help?

The WLP is reliant on donations, grants and sponsorships to function effectively.
Taking care of our watershed is everybody’s business AND its good for business too. That’s why ranchers and farmers have been protecting the water, the wildlife and the land for generations. A legacy of conservation has been built and the Oldman Watershed Council wants to see it continue. The Watershed Legacy Program provides the resources for landowners to continue the tradition of stewardship - but we need your help!

The time is now. Please make a donation. Landowners are ready and public environmental consciousness is at its peak. Show how you are doing your part for our environment by supporting on-the-ground projects. And you will know your money is going where you want it to, because you can choose a project to support. With strong partnerships and financial resources, we can achieve long term health in our watershed.

ADD DONATE BUTTON - linked to donation page

4. Media & Presentations

Move past events here (Holding the Reins)

5. Resources

Get Involved!

Many of the activities that the WLP supports rely on volunteers donating their time! Things like weed pulls and bio-engineering field days are a great way to lend a helping hand and enhance the health of our watershed.


HTR 2016

Holding the Reins 2016 was held on March 10th at the Fort Macleod Community Hall. The event was a great success, with a turnout of over 100 people.

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Off-Stream Watering on Cottonwood Creek

Bob and Jen Jenkins of Jenkins Ranch near Twin Butte saw a need for change to their livestock operation in a sensitive riparian zone along Cottonwood Creek. 

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Program archive