[Huron County, Ontario] – The Huron County Clean Water Project is a fund that supports water quality projects in Huron County. In 2020, the County of Huron allocated $400,000 in funds to be distributed through the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) who deliver the program on behalf of the County.
“It is vital that we, as a community, are good stewards of our land and waterways,” said Warden, Jim Ginn. “Investing and participating in on-the-ground water quality improvement projects contributes to a healthy environment and will provide lasting benefits for the residents of Huron County and generations to follow.”
Limited funding assistance covering up to 50% of the costs of eligible projects is awarded to county farmers, rural landowners, businesses and community organizations. County of Huron funding can be combined with other sources such as the Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan cost-share program, Canadian Nature Fund, and Forests Ontario tree planting subsidy programs.
The Huron County Clean Water Project is in its sixteenth year of providing financial and technical support to improve and protect water quality on Huron County farms and rural properties. Since 2005, Huron County residents have completed more than 3,000 stewardship projects with funding from the Clean Water Project.
Clean Water Project grants have helped residents:
- plant more than 375 hectares of trees;
- fence cattle out of 25 kilometres of streams;
- plant 200 kilometres of windbreaks;
- decommission 95 liquid manure storages;
- complete 160 forest management plans;
- upgrade 400 private wells;
- complete 222 erosion control projects;
- decommission 570 unused wells; and
- plant 25,000 acres of cover crops.
Learn more about the Huron County Clean Water Project at: https://www.huroncounty.ca/plandev/county-wide-projects/water-protection/
The County of Huron asks all residents and visitors to continue respecting all public health guidelines, including performing hand hygiene, practicing physical distancing, and staying home if feeling ill. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Huron County by visiting the Huron-Perth Public Health website.