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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hopes For Expanded Clean Water Project In Huron County

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

2,655 clean water projects have been completed since program's inception in 2004.

Conservation officials are hoping to expand the Huron Clean Water Project in 2018.

Stewardship, Land and Education Manager at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority, Kate Monk, says the program has been growing since its inception in 2004.

Since then, 2,655 projects have been completed, including 10 thousand acres of planted cover crops, 713 tree planting projects, and 170 kilometres of windbreaks.

Over a million dollars was spent on clean water initiatives in 2017.

Monk says Huron County's support of the program has made it the best of its kind in the province.

This also makes it easier to obtain funding from senior levels of government, according to Monk.

She tells us Queen's Park and Parliament Hill are more apt to provide funding for conservation initiatives when local governments are also investing.

Locally, up to $5 thousand is available to landowners wanting to implement erosion control efforts, while up to $3 thousand is available for stormwater management, livestock access restriction, and fragile land retirement.

Monk says any landowners wanting to inquire about funding for conservation efforts can contact the Ausable Bayfield or Maitland Valley Conservation Authority.

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