The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Rural Water Quality Program

About the Program

Financial assistance through the Rural Water Quality Program (RWQP) is available for qualified Dufferin County landowners to share in the cost of selected projects that improve and protect water quality.

The RWQP makes grants available for on-the-ground projects to improve water quality and restore aquatic and wildlife habitat. 

Landowners and farmers are encouraged to apply. 

Grants range from 50-100% to a maximum of $5,000 depending on project type.

Project sites must be located in Dufferin County. 

Download this map to check if your property is within the Dufferin County portion of the Nottawasaga Watershed.

Eligible Projects & Grant Rates

ProjectGrant RateMaximum Grant
Clean Water Diversion50%$3,000
Exclusion Fencing75-100%$5,000
Nutrient Management Plans75-100%$2,000
Crop Nutrient Plans 75%$2,000
Erosion Control Structures50%$5,000
Machinery Crossing Improvements50%$3,000
Cover CropsIncentive based 
Living Snow Fences100%$5,000
Tree Planting & Fragile Land Retirement75%$5,000
Wetland Creation50%$5,000
Wellhead Decommission100%$1,000*
Wellhead Protection80%$1,000*
Innovative TechnologiesConsidered on an individual project basis 

*Eligibility note: All Dufferin residents (not just farmers) are eligible to apply for well projects.

An Environmental Farm Plan or completed Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide is required to apply, as is a short application form.

Program Guidelines & Application Forms

These documents are available in alternative formats if required. 

Project Forms

Questions and completed application forms should be directed to: 

Shannon Stephens, Healthy Waters Program Coordinator
NVCA, 8195 8th Line, Utopia, ON, LOM 1T0
T: 705-424-1479 ext 239

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