In 2004, the MD of Acadia commissioned a study with support from the Province and the Federal government to examine large-scale farmland irrigation in the municipality.
This long-term project would bring several significant economic and social benefits should it be built, including:
Economic Diversification and Development
Attraction of ancillary agriculture business, such as food processors
Net financial benefit to the Province of Alberta
Greater on-farm crop yields and revenue
New recreation opportunities in the MD of Acadia
Increased food security
In 2019 the feasibility study was updated to determine reflect changes to the irrigation industry, and increased construction costs.
The MD of Acadia’s irrigation project proposes to irrigate up to 27,000 acres of cultivated farmland from the Red Deer River at a capital cost of approximately $138 million.
Links to both the original study completed in 2005 and the updated study completed in 2019 can be found below.
In 2021 the MD of Acadia sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Alberta, Canadian Infrastructure Bank and the Special Areas Board to examine the potential for irrigation within the region.