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Private Landowner Stewardship Funding Awarded to ERCA

Monday, Jul. 27, 2009

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has been awarded $96,000 to provide cost sharing grants to property owners under the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (ODWSP).  Landowners within a one kilometre radius of a municipal drinking water treatment plant intake can help protect drinking water sources in the lakes and waterways, through voluntary early-action stewardship projects. 

As part of its commitment to safe drinking water and as established in the Clean Water Act, the Ministry of the Environment has launched the ODWSP, a financial assistance program, to help landowners take early action to reduce threats to local municipal drinking water sources. 

Our municipalities rely on surface water to supply drinking water to their residents.  In the Essex Region this includes Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, and the Detroit River.  The Essex Region Source Protection Committee has been created to develop a Source Protection Plan to protect municipal drinking water sources in the Essex Region. 

If you have a business, farm, or property within a one kilometre radius of a municipal water treatment plant intake, you may qualify for assistance on projects such as septic system improvements, runoff and erosion control, a consultant's evaluation and recommendations, or water well decommissioning. 

For a complete project details and to see if you qualify for this funding, please contact the Essex Region Conservation Authority at 519-776-5209 x366 or visit

Stewardship Funding Available