Thursday, October 8, 2015

Grand River farmer grants continue

The Grand River Conservation Authority is once again offering grants to farmers for projects that protect the waterway.

It’s the 18th year for the programs which include subsidies for erosion control, cover crops, manure storages, fencing livestock out of creeks, tree planting, fuel storage, well upgrades and well plugging.

So far the authority has given out more than $16 million; most of that money comes from municipal taxes.

Farmers and other landowners have matched that with $28 million worth of labour and materials for a total of $44 million worth of investments in preserving clean water.

I think it's one of the best farm-based programs I've ever seen.

For more information on RWQP (Rural Water Quality Program) grants, contact the Grand River Conservation Authority at: 519-621-2761 or