Kettle Creek Clean Water Initiative
The Kettle Creek Clean Water Initiative will provide the financial means to help landowners undertake stewardship projects that inevitably will benefit the entire watershed and our drinking water source, Lake Erie.
Successful applicants will receive up to 50% of the cost of environmental projects undertaken on their property. Eligible project categories include erosion control measures, wetland and riparian habitat restoration, wellhead protection and decommissioning, livestock access restriction, and clean water diversion.
Projects Eligible for Funding
Erosion Control Measures – Grassed waterways, catch basins, terraces and berms to reduce erosion.
| Well Decommissioning – Properly decommissioning abandoned wells to eliminate the link between surface and ground water. || |
| Wetland and Riparian Habitat Enhancement/Restoration/Protection – Retiring fragile land through enhancement or restoration of wetland or riparian features to improve surface and groundwater quality. || |
| Clean Water Diversion – Berms and eavestroughs to divert clean water from manure and exercise yards. || |
| Livestock Access Restriction to Watercourses – Fences, crossings and watering devices to eliminate cattle access to watercourses. || |
| Wellhead Protection – Pitless adapter caps, grading, sealing and upgrading well casings to prevent contamination. || |
| Other Projects – Innovative projects that demonstrate improved water quality or overall watershed health. || |
To qualify for current funding the following criteria must be met:
- Projects must be within the Kettle Creek watershed.
- Projects must demonstrate an improvement to local surface and/or groundwater quality and/or habitat.
- The landowner must demonstrate good land stewardship practices.
- The landowner must complete and sign an application form.
How to Apply for Grants
- Contact Kettle Creek Conservation Authority to determine if your project meets the eligibility requirements.
- Please arrange an on-site consultation with the stewardship program coordinator to discuss your project.
- Staff will, if needed, assist you in completing the application.
- Staff will present your anonymous application to a Review Committee for approval.
- Projects that will result in the best benefits to water quality and habitat will be prioritized for funding.
- Approved projects will receive funding upon successful completion of the project and staff inspection. All receipts for the work must be submitted.
- Please note that in the application form you agree to:
a. The scope of the project as described.
b. Submit quotes, paid invoices, cancelled cheques and other related documents for eligible expenses prior to reimbursement.
c. Allow staff and associates to visit and/photograph the site for monitoring purposes.*
d. Allow staff to utilize photos for promotional materials.*
*Staff will request your permission prior to said activities, and these will not interfere with property operations.
Kettle Creek Clean Water Initiative Application Form
Kettle Creek Clean Water Information Brochure
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2013
Acting Stewardship Program Coordinator
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext. 229