Press Release
August 1, 2022

St. Mary River and Taber Irrigation Districts Complete Amalgamation


The St. Mary River Irrigation District and Taber Irrigation District completed their planned amalgamation effective August 1, 2022 as a result of a Ministerial Order signed by Honorable Nate Horner, Minster of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.

The two districts petitioned the Minister on December 17, 2021 after each district voted in favor of amalgamation in the Fall of 2021. 

Both the St. Mary River and Taber Irrigation Districts have proud histories dating back to the early 1900s when the St. Mary River irrigation project was first completed bringing water from the Rocky Mountains to the prairie farmland in Southern Alberta. The amalgamated district will be known as the St. Mary River Irrigation District in recognition of the St. Mary River which is the shared water source for the amalgamated district. 

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