Your participation pays.

Rocky View County landowners have a unique opportunity to restore former wetlands—and get paid for it.

Restoring our wetlands together

What's a Wetland?

Good question. Swamps, bogs, peatlands and marshes are all types of wetlands. Marshes—often known as sloughs, potholes or ponds—are most common in Southern Alberta. Some wetlands are permanent, while others only hold water in the spring. If there’s a historically drained wetland on your land that was previously ditched or re-graded, we want to restore it. Participate and we’ll install a plug to prevent future water from draining out. One note: wetlands filled with soil aren’t eligible.

Wetlands are good for Alberta

Climate Moderation

Wetland plants use the carbon dioxide in the air and replace it with oxygen.

Flood
Reduction

Runoff water is stored in wetlands and released slowly downstream.

Increased
Biodiversity

Wetlands provide habitat for plants, birds, mammals and fish.

Water Quality
Improvement

As water passes through a wetland, impurities are filtered out.

Recharged
Groundwater

Wetlands soak up surface water and let it seep back into the ground.

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Wetlands are good for Alberta.

Water Quality Improvement

As water passes through a wetland, impurities are filtered out.

Increased Biodiversity

Wetlands provide habitat for plants, birds, mammals
and fish.

Flood
Reduction

Runoff water is stored in wetlands and released slowly downstream.

Recharged Groundwater

Wetlands soak up surface water and let it seep back into the ground.

Climate Moderation

Wetland plants use the carbon dioxide in the air and replace it with oxygen.

What's My Role?

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Landowners bring this project to life.

We can’t do this without you—and your land. Whether you’re a farmer, rancher or acreage owner, you can be part of the project.

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All you have to do
is get paid.

We aren’t buying land. We’re paying you to let us restore a wetland on your property. How much you’re paid depends on your bid in our
reverse auction.

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Living laboratories
need leaders.

You and your neighbours can improve Alberta’s landscape. Spread the word. For this project to be a success, we need dozens of wetlands restored.

Rocky View County
is one big lab.

This project is taking place
in the Nose Creek watershed
in Rocky View County.

If you own land within
this area, we should talk.

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Get paid to do good.

Winning bidders will be paid cash. You just have to tell us what is fair compensation for any costs or inconveniences you’d expect.

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Bring new life
to your land.

Wetlands foster beautiful plant and animal life. They might be the most eco-friendly landscaping feature you’ll ever have.

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If you own land, you can own a piece of history.

Returning wetlands to your family’s property can be a part of your legacy for generations to come.

What’s the Process?

We’re having an auction. In reverse.

Here’s how it works:


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BID

You and other Rocky View County landowners in the Nose Creek watershed submit bids for what you feel is fair compensation to have a wetland restored on your land.

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COMPARE

In Spring 2016, we will compare bids based on environmental significance and cost.

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SELECT

Bids with the lowest cost and highest environmental significance will be selected.

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RESTORE

If your bid is selected, you will be paid cash and a wetland will be restored on your land in Fall 2016.

We will visit your wetland once a year for five years to monitor its progress. This visit will take just three to four hours.

The reverse auction process starts later this year. If you’re interested in learning more, let us know—and we’ll get in touch.

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About Our Project

This project has a lot of partners.

Alberta’s Living Laboratory Project is part of an interdisciplinary research program that involves researchers from the University of Alberta and Western University. We’re examining the best ways to restore wetlands in rural landscapes in Alberta. Our team includes biologists, hydrologists, economists and policy experts.

We’re partnering with municipalities, counties, the provincial government and non-government organizations to help fund and run this innovative project.

 

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Contact Us

Please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback about Alberta’s Living Laboratory Project.

www.restoreourwetlands.ca
Email: wetlands@ualberta.ca   |   Ph: 780.248.1073

Twitter icon   @cashforwetlands

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