With an application deadline of July 10th, South Nation Conservation and its funding partners will make $100,000 available for water quality enhancement projects within the 4,000 square-km watershed.
But don't become lulled by the relatively long lead time, said South Nation's Valerie Sylvia: "The program is over-subscribed every year. Applications will be reviewed using a rating system to identify those projects with the highest priority for water quality improvement."
An application review meeting is set for July 23 when it's expected all available funding will be allocated. Eligibility for receiving program funding requires either completion of a 3rd edition Environmental Farm Plan for agricultural applicants, or completion of the Healthy Home Guidebook for non-farm applicants.
Depending on the nature of the project, the maximum grant is $5,000. Eligible projects include fertilizer, chemical and fuel storages, milkhouse wastewater disposals, barnyard runoff controls, nutrient management plans, and educational initiatives. Returning this year is the Streambank Erosion Control grant with up to 50 per cent for approved projects in this category to a maximum of $5,000.
Manure storages (maximum $5,000), livestock access restrictions, buffer strips, septic system upgrades, and well decommissioning are among other projects for which grant money is available.
The SNC program is the longest-running of its type in Ontario. Project approval is overseen by the Clean Water Committee representing farmers, industries within the watershed, along with various governments and agencies. Including this year's funding, the SNC Clean Water Program will have invested $1.8 million over 14 years in partnership with landowners in managing contaminants within the watershed.
Watershed residents who fall within the City of Ottawa should apply for project funding under the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program.
For more information: Valerie Sylvia, (877) 984-2948, ext. 238. firstname.lastname@example.org