The City of Ottawa is receiving applications for its popular Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP). The program provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas. Landowners completing projects in 2012 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grants depending on the project they are undertaking. The application deadlines are May 1, 2012 (and September 30, 2012, if funds available).
Some of the many eligible projects are:
- Buffer strips
- Grassed waterways
- Livestock restrictions
- Land retirement
- Stream bank stabilization
- Tile outlet protection
- Tile drain control structures
- Well decommissioning
- And many more
Funding is also available to decommission wells within the City’s urban boundary.
Landowners and farmers within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have a completed 3rd Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Farmers within urban Ottawa are also eligible, pending Council consideration on April 25, 2012.
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, 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.