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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Huron Clean Water Project Exceeds Expectations

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  
Rural property owners have received almost $12 million in property improvement grants since 2004

The Huron Clean Water Project continues to be popular among rural property owners, 16 years after it was launched.

The project is a Huron County initiative, delivered by the Ausable-Bayfield and Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities.

Funding comes from the County, the Conservation Authorities, the province and local landowners.

The Huron Clean Water Project provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and other property owners looking to improve their properties, in the pursuit of best management practices.

Stewardship, Land and Education Manager with the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority, Kate Monk says she was surprised to see the Project take off the way it has, when it started in 2004.

She adds that tree planting, erosion control and the new septic system category received the highest number of grant requests from farmers.

The quality of many projects has stood the test of time, as Monk mentions a fencing project done over a decade ago held up well during a heavy rain event in January.

Since its inception in the mid-2000s, the Huron Clean Water Project has issued grants for over 29 hundred property improvement projects valued at a total of almost $12 million.

Monk shared the Huron Clean Water Project's 2019 annual report, at Huron County Council's most recent meeting.

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