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 Background SpacerRural Water Quality Program

The Haldimand Rural Water Quality Program is an initiative of Haldimand County and its partners to improve water quality in the County of Haldimand.  The program will be delivered by the three local Conservation Authorities, the Grand River Conservation Authority, Long Point Region Conservation Authority and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. 

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

The benefits of improved water quality include a safe secure water supply, a healthy aquatic ecosystem, increased recreational opportunities, sustainable agricultural operations and a vibrant economy.  Everyone benefits when water quality is improved and protected.
 

PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING: 

 

Project 

 

Grant Rate for Combining Grants 

Maximum RWQP Grant rate  

Maximum grant 

Livestock access restriction*

50%

75%-100%*

$5,000

Erosion Control Structures

50%

50%

$5,000

Tree planting/natural restoration - stream buffers, fragile land retirement, field windbreaks

50%

80%

$5,000

Living Snow Fence

 

100%

$5,000

Water Well Decommissioning

50%

100%

$1,000

Water Wellhead Upgrade

50%

50%

$1,000

Sediment Basins/Wetland Creation

50%

80%

$5,000

 *livestock access restriction materials are eligible for 100% cost-share if installed by the landowner. 

 

HOW TO APPLY: 

 

  1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) workshop and complete the worksheets applicable to your farming operation.  The EFP is delivered locally by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association.  Call Tom Tancock, the EFP workshop coordinator at (905) 685-4367 or email haldimand@ontariosoilcrop.org for details and workshop dates.
     
  2. Contact the Rural Water Quality Program representative at your local Conservation Authority (Map of Conservation Authorities Boundaries) to arrange a site visit.  Staff is available to assist you with planning your project and applying to the program. 
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  4. Submit the application to the Rural Water Quality Program for review.  The Review Committee consists of the Haldimand County Agricultural Advisory committee and agency staff who will evaluate the project on its potential to protect and improve water quality.  The Review Committee meets on a bimonthly basis and will review proposals as required.
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  6. Once the project proposal has been reviewed and approved by the Rural Water Quality Program Review Committee, you will be notified to proceed with the project.
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  8. When the project is completed, paid for, and you have copies of all necessary receipts, notify Conservation Authority staff.  A site inspection is required to confirm that the project is complete.  At that time you can submit original invoices marked paid and proof of payment (invoice signed “paid in full” by contractor, a copy of the front and back of cancelled cheques or a bank statement) for all eligible project expenses to program staff. 
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  10. Within 5 weeks of a site inspection that determines that the work is complete and satisfactory, your cost-share payment will be sent to you.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 

 

For more information on the Rural Water Quality Program, please call the conservation authority that represents your area:

Grand River Conservation Authority 

Sue Brocklebank
(519) 621-2763 ext. 2278
1-866-900-4722
sbrocklebank@grandriver.ca  

Long Point Region Conservation Authority  Paul Gagnon
(519) 842-4242 ext. 232
watercare@lprca.on.ca  
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority  Jocelyn Baker
(905) 788-3135 ext. 243
jbaker@npca.ca  

         

For questions specific to the Living Snow Fence Program, please contact Judy Brown, Haldimand County Roads Operations Division at (905) 318-5932 ext. 6281 or via email at jbrown@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

DOWNLOADS: 

Living Snow Fences
Rural Water Quality Program Guidelines  

Living Snow Fence Public Notice  

 

 

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