Landowners in the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield watersheds completed hundreds of drinking water protection stewardship projects, worth more than $1 million, between 2007 and 2013. They did this with support of financial incentives from the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP).
We thank all the property owners, business people, residents, and others who are doing projects and changing management practices to reduce risk to local municipal drinking water sources.
There are no ODWSP grants available in this region at this time. However, there may be grants and incentive funds through other federal, provincial, county, and other programs.
Here is an example:
Growing Forward 2
The federal‐provincial‐territorial 2015 Growing Forward 2 program offered several stewardship grants, similar to ODWSP, for farm operations. An Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is required and/or attendance at workshops may be required in order to be eligible for grants, depending on the version of EFP registered with your operation. Cost‐share funding in the Lake Huron watershed was made available for:
- Nutrient management projects
- Manure storage improvements
- Manure composting
- Land application of manure
- Livestock facilities runoff control
- Fuel storage improvements
- Storage facilities for on‐farm vehicles, barn/greenhouses
- Heating fuel for domestic, office, or bunkhouse use
- Portable fuel storage tanks
- Water well management
- Decommissioning wells
- Repair and upgrading existing wells
More information is available at www.ontariosoilcrop.org
The Implementation Funding Assistance for Producers Program Guide is available at this link:
County Clean Water Projects:
Huron County Clean Water Project
In Huron County, the Huron County Clean Water Project has provided funds for projects including well decommissioning and wellhead protection projects – as stand‐alone or top‐up grants.
Wellington Rural Water Quality Program
For information on the above programs please visit the above links.
For information on drinking water source protection in the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Region please call 519‐235‐2610 or toll‐free 1‐888‐286‐2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org