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Huron County Clean Water Project

The County of Huron provides grants for water quality projects by county landowners, residents, and community groups – through the Huron County Clean Water Project. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation and Maitland Conservation provide service delivery.

Download the Huron Clean Water Project Brochure now to learn about grants at this link:

To apply for funding or for information on grants available to landowners, residents, and community groups for your projects contact Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist Ian Jean, extension 238, at: 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

If you are in the Maitland Valley watershed, contact Maitland Conservation at 519-335-3557, extension 236.

For more information on the Huron County Clean Water Project visit:

You may also click on 'Forestry and Stewardship' at the top of the page.

Your success

Huron County residents have, with support of the Huron County Clean Water Project:

  • Completed 3,172 water quality projects in total
  • Planted 931 acres of trees
  • Established 216 kilometres of windbreaks
  • Upgraded 404 private wells
  • Decommissioned 591 unused wells
  • Decommissioned 99 liquid manure storages
  • Planted 631,176 trees
  • Completed 864 tree planting projects
  • Completed 273 erosion control projects
  • Completed 160 Forest Management Plans
  • Fenced cattle out of 25 kilometres of streams
  • Planted 24,329 acres of cover crops

Thank you! That's good for water, soil ... and the economy!

More than $13.1 million in total project value!

Projects and Maximum Grant Levels

Please download brochure above. 

Erosion Control

Grassed waterways, catch basins, terraces, berms to reduce erosion of agricultural land.

Maximum Grant $6,000

Special Projects

Innovative public projects that demonstrate improved water quality. Maximum Grant $3,000

Rural Stormwater Management and Wetland Management Plans

Enhancing or creating wetland features to improve surface and groundwater quality. Control of non-native invasive Phragmites.

Maximum Grant $3,000

Clean Water Diversion

Berms and eavestroughs to divert water from manure and exercise yards.

Maximum Grant $3,000

Fragile Land Retirement (More than one hectare)

Planting trees and shrubs on erosion-prone land. Buffer strips along watercourses; windbreaks; plantations.

Maximum Grant $4,000

Fragile Land Retirement (Less than one hectare)

Planting trees and shrubs on erosion-prone land. Buffer strips along watercourses; windbreaks; plantations.

Maximum Grant $3,000

Livestock Access Restriction

Fences, crossings, and watering devices to eliminate cattle access to watercourses.

Maximum Grant $3,000

Manure Storage Decommission

Properly decommissioning manure storage facilities to prevent water contamination.

Maximum Grant $3,000

Community Projects

Community groups can apply for matching dollars for stewardship and education projects.

Maximum Grant $2,000

Septic Systems - On-Site Wastewater Systems, Holding Tanks, Composting Toilets

Upgrading and repairing septic systems that have a negative impact on surface water or ground water.

Composting toilets to reduce waste load on an existing waste water system.

Maximum Grant $2,000

Forest Management Plans and Woodlot Enhancement

Forest management plans, harvest advice, invasive species management, and other improvements under direction of a professional forester to enhance forest cover.

Maximum Grant $1,000

Wellhead Protection

Pitless adapter caps, grading, sealing and upgrading well casings to prevent contamination.

Maximum Grant $1,000

Well Decommission

Properly decommission abandoned wells to eliminate link between groundwater and surface water.

Maximum Grant $1,250

Stewardship Guide Implementation

Water quality improvement projects to implement action plans identified in the Lake Huron Coastline or Rural Landowner Stewardship Guides.

Maximum Grant $500

Cover Crop Incentive

Establish cover crops with three or more species to reduce erosion and protect local water quality.

Grant is $15 per acre to a maximum of 100 acres.

Maximum Grant $1,000

Living Snow Fences

Costs of coniferous trees and planting along County of Huron and provincial highways in priority areas.

$20 per tree plus maximum annual payment of $500 per acre for five years.

Wellhead Protection Area Reforestation Project

Costs of buying and planting trees, shrubs in 100-metre zone around municipal wells.

$2,000 plus maximum annual payment of $500 per acre for three years.

Wetland Restoration Incentive Program

Remuneration for farmland taken out of production to create wide corridors between wetlands and woodlands, establish wet riparian areas.

$300 per acre for five years.

Huron County Clean Water Project

The Huron County Clean Water Project is celebrating more than 15 years of financial and technical assistance to improve and protect water quality on Huron County farms and rural properties.

Since 2005 county residents have completed more than 2,800 stewardship projects using funds received from the Clean Water Project.

The Huron County Clean Water Project is one of the most successful on-the-ground water quality improvement projects in the province. Funding from the County of Huron is combined with other cost-share programs and landowner contributions. The projects have a total value of more than $13.1 million – that’s good for the environment and the economy.

Limited funding assistance covering up to 50 per cent of the costs of eligible projects is awarded annually to county residents. Farmers can combine this funding with other cost-share programs.