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 2,900 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:
- Rural Stormwater Management and Wetland Management Plans – Enhancing or creating wetland features to improve surface and groundwater quality. Control of non-native invasive Phagmites. Maximum grant is $3,000.
- Wetland Restoration Incentive Program – Renumeration for farmland taken out of production to create wide corridors between wetlands and woodlands, establish riparian areas. Maximum grant is $300 per acre for five years.
- Wellhead Protection Area Reforestation Project – Planting trees and shrubs in the 100-metre zone around municipal wells. Maximum grant is $2,000 plus annual payment of $500 per acre for 3 years.
- Living Snow Fences – Grant available to establish living snow fences of coniferous trees along County of Huron and provincial highways in priority areas. Maximum grant is $20 per tree plus annual payment of $500 per acre for five years.
- Clean Water Diversion – Berms and eavestroughs to divert clean water from manure and exercise yards. Maximum grant is $3,000
- Septic Systems and Composting Toilets – Updating and repairing septic systems that have a negative impact on surface water or groundwater. Composting toilets to reduce waste load on an existing waste water system. Maximum grant is $2,000
- Cover Crop Incentive – Establish cover crops with three or more species reduce erosion and protect local water quality. Grant is $10 per acre to a maximum of 100 acres. Maximum grant is $1,000 (Maximum of 100 acres per applicant)
- Erosion Control – Grassed waterways, catch basins, terraces and berms to reduce erosion of agricultural land. Maximum grant is $5,000
- Fragile Land Retirement (Area greater than one hectare) Planting trees and shrubs on erosion-prone land. Buffer strips along watercourses; windbreaks;plantations. Maximum grant is $4,000
- Fragile Land Retirement (Area less than one hectare) Planting trees and shrubs on erosion-prone land. Buffer strips along watercourses; windbreaks;plantations. Maximum grant is $3,000
- 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 Access Restriction – 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 $3,000
- 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 – Forest management plans, harvest advice, invasive species management and other improvements under the direction of a professional forester to enhance forest cover. Maximum grant is $1,000