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Water protection grants for rural landowners

The Grand River Conservation Authority is making grants available to farmers and other rural landowners for projects aimed at protecting sources of drinking water.
Owners of property near municipal drinking water wells and intakes may be eligible for grants under the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Early Response Program, a news release said.
This provincial program, which is administered by the GRCA in the Grand River watershed, makes grants available for properties near drinking water sources that are most vulnerable to potential contamination. These are within the Wellhead Protection Areas around wells and the Intake Protection Zones around surface water intakes, as identified through the province’s Drinking Water Source Protection Program.
Eligible projects include: manure storage – a 70% grant to a maximum of $50,000; drafting nutrient management plans – 75% to a maximum of $2,000; and upgrading private wells or decommissioning unused wells – 80% to a maximum of $4,000.
Funding is limited, so not all applications will be approved, the release said.
For more information, contact Louise Heyming at lheyming@grandriver.ca or at 519-621-2761, ext. 2278.

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