Being a good steward of your rural property comes with a lot of responsibility. Landowners within the Credit River watershed invest a lot of time and effort into caring for their land and water by managing wells, restoring streams, planting trees, controlling invasive plants and more.

In some cases, restoration projects can reduce risks to human health. Abandoned wells can become a direct conduit for pollutants to reach our precious groundwater. This can affect water quality and our health. To remove this risk, a well that is no longer being used should be properly decommissioned by a licensed professional. CVC assists with grant funding for landowners with abandoned wells through the Landowner Action Fund, which covers 50 per cent of well decommissioning costs, up to $1,500.

The fund also provides grants for other environmental projects that make our water cleaner and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Grants range from 50 to 100 per cent of project costs, depending on the type of project, subject to meeting eligibility requirements. To be eligible, landowners must complete a Landowner Action Plan.

A Landowner Action Plan is based on an assessment of your property using our guides called Your Guide to Caring for the Credit or the Horse Owners Stewardship Guide for small equine operators. These guides are available at their companion workshops: Caring for Your Land and Water and Caring for Your Horse and Farm.

Are you interested in applying for a grant from the Landowner Action Fund? Register today for the Caring for Your Land and Water workshops taking place on October 18 and November 1, 2014 or the Caring for Your Horse and Farm workshop taking place November 22, 2014. Lunch will be provided and you will receive custom aerial photos and maps of your property. Register at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events.

For more information call 1-800-668-5557 ext. 440 or email Karen Buckle at [email protected].

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