Producers may be eligible for funding for erosion control structures
By Kate Ayers
Runoff and soil erosion are major issues in some areas of Ontario, and best management practices (BMPs) cannot always solely solve these problems, says Brad Glasman, manager of conservation services in the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
Rather, the combined use of BMPs and erosion control structures may help to reduce the removal of precious topsoil from fields and maintain soil productivity levels, according to Shannon Stephens, Healthy Waters Program coordinator at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) received funding under Growing Forward 2 to assist farmers with these projects but most of its programs conclude at the end of the year. Farmers who received approval need to complete their projects by Dec. 15, according to Margaret May, OSCIA regional program lead.
Some conservation authorities have programs in place, but program availability and funding amounts differ by area.
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And the extent of funding applications vary by type of project. Many landowners in the Peel region, for example, have applied to the funding programs for improving ground and surface water quality. Fewer have applied specifically in the erosion control structures category, says Mark Eastman, agricultural extension program coordinator at Credit Valley Conservation.
For more information on the specific programs offered by your conservation authority, refer to the links below. (Some conservation authorities, denoted on the list with **, did not have any information available on their websites.)
To find the conservation authority in your area, click here.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority**
Catfish Creek Conservation Authority**
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority**
Conservation Sudbury **
Credit Valley Conservation
Crowe Valley Conservation Authority**
Essex Region Conservation Authority
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
Grand River Conservation Authority
Grey Sauble Conservation**
Hamilton Conservation Authority
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority**
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Long Point Region Conservation Authority
Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
Lower Trent Conservation
Maitland Valley Conservation Authority
Mattagami Region Conservation Authority**
Mississippi Valley Conservation**
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority**
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
http://www.svca.on.ca/page.php?page=agriculture (bottom of page)
Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority**
South Nation Conservation
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority