The City is now receiving applications for its Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP), which provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas.
Landowners completing projects in 2013 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grants depending on the project they are undertaking. The application deadlines are May 1, 2013 (and September 30, 2013, if funds are available).
Some of the many eligible projects include: buffer strips, grassed waterways, livestock restrictions, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures, and well decommissioning
Funding is also available to decommission wells within the city’s urban boundary.
Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa and landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have a completed the third Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects).
Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. Top up grants are also available for projects supported by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (pending program renewal), Green Acres Rural Reforestation program and the RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization program.
Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit ottawa.ca/cleanwater for a full list of eligible projects and application forms.