Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program


The next Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) application submission deadlines are:

  • October 30, 2017 (for funding in 2018-19)
  • October 30, 2018 (for funding in 2019-20)
  • October 30, 2019 (for funding in 2020-21)

Please see the Program Guide and Forms section below for application information.

About the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP)

Alberta Environment and Parks' (AEP) WRRP aims to improve natural watershed functions in order to build greater long-term resiliency to droughts and floods through:

  • Conservation
  • Education and stewardship
  • Research and data
  • Restoration and Enhancement

WRRP General Information

For a general overview of the WRRP, see:

WRRP Objectives

The primary objective of the program is to increase the natural ability of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects of flooding and drought through watershed mitigation measures.

Additionally, the program aims to address impacts of past flooding and/or droughts through the restoration of degraded priority areas of watersheds which will enhance communities’ ability to withstand future flooding or droughts.

Finally, the program seeks to promote the ongoing stewardship and preservation of key components of Alberta’s watersheds.

WRRP Outcomes

Accepting the desire to increase the natural ability of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects of flooding and drought to the benefit of Albertans, the WRRP will focus on the following outcomes:

  • Identification and ranking of priority areas for wetland and riparian restoration and conservation;
  • Advancing flood and drought resiliency in priority areas within watersheds in Alberta to enhance communities and improve environments;
  • Restoring and enhancing ecological connectivity and function in critical areas;
  • Increasing knowledge, awareness and participation by program participants and the public in activities that restore and sustain watershed functions; and,
  • Enhancing community capacity to restore and maintain critical watershed features for future generations

Find out more by reading our Progress Report:

Priority Areas Mapping and Summary Report

This map provides information to applicants on flood, drought and water quality priority areas in Alberta. These maps were developed to inform the decisions made in allocation of grant funds for the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program and the Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program. These priority areas maps do not represent the state of the watershed and should not be used for any purpose other than informing program applicants.

The objective of the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program Prioritization project was to identify priority watersheds for allocation of program resources using an objective and scientifically rigorous approach. The Summary Report provides a description of the methodology used to identify priority areas.

Approved Grants

There have been three rounds of grant approvals through the WRRP. Below are grant approval fact sheets that list grant recipients, grant totals and a description of approved projects.

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Round 4

Round 3

Round 2

Round 1

Municipal Needs Assessment

Conservation of critical watershed functions is a key element of the WRRP, which will be achieved in part by promoting the "Stepping Back from the Water" guidebook as a tool to be used by municipalities when making decisions about new developments near waterbodies.

The WRRP conducted a Municipal Needs Assessment survey to better understand how to work with municipalities to ensure the functions of riparian areas and wetlands are maintained. This summary represents feedback received from participants within Alberta watersheds identified as high priority for flood and drought resiliency improvements.

The valuable information received through this survey, and other direct engagement with municipalities and program partners, will support the development of a toolkit for the "Stepping Back from the Water" guidebook to assist municipalities in making decisions about new developments around water bodies. Watch for project updates on this web page.

Partnerships and Collaboration

The WRRP is being implemented with the help of partners who have expertise in watershed management, from habitat restoration and fisheries improvement, to natural hazard mitigation and wetland enhancement.

AEP will be looking to these partners to help identify priority projects and lead the implementation of the WRRP in collaboration with the Government of Alberta. Through collaboration with stakeholders, natural watershed functions are improved and sustained to build greater long term resiliency to droughts and floods utilizing an integrated watershed approach.

Collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: AWEP

Under Growing Forward 2, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) is implementing the Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program (AWEP) directed at local producers in partnerships to improve water quality within agricultural areas throughout the province.

While the AWEP has a different focus (water quality) versus the WRRP (drought and flood resiliency), it was recognized that collaborating and working together to support both programs ensures a more robust watershed approach that supports work at all scales of the watersheds.

The Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program will not be accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017-18.

For details about this new application process, see the document: AWEP/WRRP Joint Programs Approach.

Program Guide and Forms

These documents provide an overview of the WRRP funding and its strategic objectives and guidance to applicants.

Applicants must complete the Application Form and submit it with their project proposal to:

Submissions and Program Contacts

Please submit your grant application by Monday, October 30, 2017 to:

If you require further information or clarification on the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, please contact the Program Coordinator:


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Updated: Sep 6, 2017