Wellington Rural Water Quality Program


It pays to protect water quality when you apply to the Wellington Rural Water Quality Program

In 1999 the County of Wellington and City of Guelph initiated the Wellington Rural Water Quality Program.  The Wellington Rural Water Quality Program is a voluntary program offering financial and technical assistance to private rural landowners throughout the County of Wellington.  This program assists participants with the implementation of agricultural beneficial management practice projects, which protect and improve water quality.

Eligible Project Categories and Grant Rates

Eligible Project Grant Rate Grant Ceiling
Manure Storage 50% $25,000
Manure Storage Decommissioning 50% $3,000
Clean Water Diversion 50% $5,000
Dead Stock Composting 50% $4,000
Milkhouse Waste 50% $5,000
Livestock Access Restriction 75% – 100% $10,000
Fuel Storage/Handling 50% $4,000
Fertilizer and/or Chemical Handling and Storage 50% $2,500
Erosion Control Structures 75% $10,000
Tile Drain Control Structures 80% $7,500
Nutrient Management Plans 50% $2,000
Cover Crops
($100/acre up to 30 acres)
n/a n/a
Tree Planting – stream buffers, fragile land retirement, field windbreaks ($350/acre/year for 3 yrs. Max. 10 acres) 30% $7,500
Living Snow Fences
($500/acre per year for 3 yrs. Max. 10 acres)
80% – 100% $5,000
Natural Area Restoration and Creation
($350/acre per year for 3 yrs. Max. 10 acres)
80% $7,500
Machinery Crossings 50% $5,000
Wellhead Abandonment 100% $2,500
Wellhead Protection 80% $2,000

Rural Water Quality Program grant rates may be adjusted if combined with other funding programs for a total grant of 80% -100%. Revised grant rates in effect for new projects as approved by Wellington County Council on January 31, 2012.

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 to the local Peer Review Committee.
  3. Contact Wellington 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

Office: (905) 670-1615 extension 430
Cell: (416) 294-7335
Toll Free: 1 (800) 668-5557

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