Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program

In 2017 the Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program was initiated.  This voluntary program offers financial and technical assistance to farmers throughout Dufferin County to assist with the implementation of agricultural beneficial management practice projects, which protect and improve water quality.

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Eligible Project Categories and Grant Rates

Eligible Project Grant Rate Maximum Grant Performance Incentive
Clean Water Diversion 50% $3,000
Exclusion Fencing 75-100% $5,000
Nutrient Management Plans 75-100% $2,000
Erosion Control Structures 50% $5,000
Machinery Crossing Improvements 50% $3,000
Cover Crops $40/acre. Up to  40 acres
Living Snow Fences 100% $5,000 $450/acre years 1-3 and $200/acre years 4-10.
Tree Planting and Fragile Land Retirement 75% $5,000
Wetland Creation 50% $5,000
Wellhead Decommission 100% $1,000
Innovative Technologies Innovative technologies and projects that do not conform to RWQP guidelines are considered by the Steering Committee on a project by project basis.
Rural Water Quality Program grants may be combined (stacked) with funding from other sources. Where landowners receive funds through another program, the grant rates will be adjusted to ensure that landowners do not receive more than 100% towards the cost of their projects. 
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How to Apply to the Program and Receive Funding

  1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan workshop and complete a plan for your farm operation.
  2. Submit your Environmental Farm Plan for confidential review by your Workshop leader.
  3. Contact Dufferin Rural Water Quality Program staff to verify that your proposed project meets the guidelines and to arrange a site visit.  Staff is available to assist you with planning your project and applying to the program.
  4. Applications are anonymously reviewed by a review committee, made up of local agricultural representatives and agency staff.
  5. Complete your project as approved.
  6. Book a final site visit with program staff.
  7. Receive your grant.

For more information and to arrange a site visit, please contact:
Mark Eastman
Senior Coordinator, Agricultural Outreach
Ph: 905-670-1615 ext. 430
Cell: 416-294-7335
Toll Free: 1-800-668-5557
Email: mark.eastman@cvc.ca

 

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