The government of Alberta is giving more than $262,000 to the United Irrigation District, the provincial government says in a news release on Aug. 5.
“Water is vital to the province’s ongoing agricultural success and the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program grant will ensure water infrastructure is upgraded to ensure maximum efficiency,” Devin Dreeshen, minister of agriculture and forestry, says in the news release.
The grant is part of Alberta’s $10-million Irrigation Rehabilitation Program, the release notes. The program is meant to help improve water infrastructure which provides water for irrigation and agricultural operations, municipal use, recreation, wildlife and habitat enhancement.
“This funding will help ensure our infrastructure remains strong and that our producers can continue to put food on plates around the globe,” Duane Nelson, board chair, United Irrigation District, says in the release.
The Irrigation Rehabilitation Program provides districts with funding at a ratio of 75 per cent government to 25 per cent district.
This funding announcement comes following a $100,000 for a damn safety review for the Eastern Irrigation District, $2.6 million in grant funding to St. Mary River Irrigation District and $1.1 million to the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District.