Maitland Conservation staff provide assistance to landowners undertaking projects to improve water quality. Grants are available in Huron and Wellington counties for selected best management practices. These programs are financially supported by local municipalities and delivered by Conservation Authority staff.
Huron County Clean Water Project
The Huron Clean Water Project provides financial and technical assistance to county residents to improve and protect water quality. The project is funded by the County of Huron and delivered by the Maitland and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities. Over 2,200 projects have been completed through the program. Funding assistance covers up to 50% of the costs of eligible projects and can be combined with other cost-share programs, where available. Funding is limited so call today! For further information contact Doug Hocking, Water Quality Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-335-3557 ext. 236.
Eligible programs include:
- NEW! Wetland Restoration Incentive Program – Remuneration for farmland taken out of production for the establishment of wide corridors between wetlands and woodlands, establishment of wet riparian areas (>30 m wide) and to restore ecological and hydrological function. Maximum grant is $300 per acre for 5 years to restore wetlands in high priority areas.
- NEW! Wellhead Protection Area Reforestation Project – Planting trees and shrubs in the 100-metre zone around Municipal Wellhead Protection Areas (also known as WHPA-A). Maximum grant is $500 per acre for 3 years with a minimum density of 400 trees per acre.
- NEW! Living Snow Fences – Grant available to establish living snow fences of coniferous trees, 30 to 60 m from County of Huron roads. Collaboration with the County of Huron to identify priority areas. Maximum grant is $500 per acre for 5 years; minimum 2-foot tall coniferous nursery stock must be used.
- Clean Water Diversion – Berms and eavestroughs to divert clean water from manure and exercise yards. Maximum grant is $3,000
- Composting Toilets and On-Site Waste Water Inspections – Reduce waste loading from on-site septic systems. Funding for composting toilet installation. Septic tank pump-out and inspection required. Cost of septic tank pump-out, inspection and composting toilet are eligible costs. Maximum grant is $1,000
- Cover Crop Incentive – Try new cover crop mixes. Establish cover crops to protect and improve your soil, promote nitrogen fixation, and protect local water quality. Maximum grant is $2,000 (Maximum of 200 acres per applicant)
- Erosion Control Measures – Grasses waterways, catch basins, terraces and berms to reduce erosion of agricultural land. Maximum grant is $7,500
- Fragile Land Retirement – Planting trees and shrubs on erosion-prone land. Buffer strips along watercourses. Maximum grant is $3,000
- Rural Stormwater Management and Wetland Creation – Retiring fragile agricultural land through enhancement or creation of wetland features to improve surface and groundwater quality. Maximum grant is $5,000
- Wellhead Protection – Pitless adapter caps, grading, sealing and upgrading well casings to prevent contamination. Maximum grant is $750
- Well Decommissioning – Properly decommissioning abandoned wells to eliminate the link between surface and groundwater. Maximum grant $750
- Manure Storage Decommissioning – Properly decommissioning manure storage facilities to prevent water contamination. Maximum grant is $3,000
- Livestock Fencing – Fences, crossings and watering devices to eliminate cattle access to watercourses. Maximum grant is $3,000
- Community Projects – Community groups can apply for matching dollars for stewardship and education projects. Maximum grant is $2,000
- Special Projects – Innovative projects that demonstrate improved water quality. Maximum grant is $5,000
- Stewardship Guide Implementation – Water quality improvement projects to implement action plans identified in the Lake Huron Coastline or Rural Landowner Stewardship Guides. Maximum grant $500
- Forest Management Plans and Woodlot Enhancement – To help with forest management plans, harvest advice, invasive species management and other improvements under the direction of a professional forester. This helps private landowners to optimize forest health, create long-term sustainable returns from their woodlands, and to enhance forest cover to prevent soil erosion and benefit water quality. Maximum grant is $1,000
Please note that grant rates are reviewed annually and may be subject to change in 2017.
Wellington Rural Water Quality Program
In 1999 the County of Wellington and City of Guelph initiated a Rural Water Quality Program for agricultural landowners in Wellington County. The county and the city provide funding to this program annually.
In the portions of the Maitland watershed that are within Wellington County, Maitland Conservation staff are responsible for program delivery.
Farmers who own land in Wellington County who have completed an Environmental Farm Plan are eligible to apply to the program. For further information contact Doug Hocking at email@example.com or 519-335-3557 ext. 236.