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Stewardship for Healthier Watersheds in Ontario

Creek going through a farm Watershed stewardship is caring for our water, land, air and biodiversity on a watershed basis, using sustainable practices. Balancing human and economic requirements against the needs of natural environments means that we need to plan, promote and implement stewardship actions to restore and protect natural resources.

Private landowners play a key role in ensuring we have healthy watersheds now and for the future; caring for our land, air and water sustains the natural processes on which life depends. How we treat our land impacts not just ourselves, but also our neighbours and future generations.

For more information please contact:
Patricia Lowe
Watershed Stewardship
905-579-0411, ext. 126
Email: plowe@cloca.com

New! Well Decommissioning Program (WDP)

Wells that are no longer used or maintained can provide a direct link from land surfaces to the water bearing subsurface zones that represent the source water for other wells and local creeks in our watersheds.

The Region of Durham in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation is extending our stewardship efforts toward the decommissioning of abandoned wells on private property.  The program is designed to protect groundwater supplies from potential contamination by providing landowners with up to $1000 in grant assistance funds to decommission unused and abandoned domestic wells on their property. 

Visit our web page for more informaiton.

Clarington's Trees For Rural Roads

Click for a larger map.In our continued effort to restore trees along roadsides, the Municipality of Clarington in partnership with the Ganaraska Region Conservation, Central Lake Ontario Conservation is offering the “Trees for Rural Roads” program in 2017.
Visit Clarington's website for full details.

Online Application - Application due date March 31, 2017.

Native trees are being offered free of charge to Clarington’s rural residents to be planted along municipal roads on private land. Available species are: sugar, red, and silver maples; red and white oak; white pine, white spruce; and white birch.

Watershed Stewardship for Farms

Environmental Farm Plan
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority is in partnership with Conservation Ontario and the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association to provide free technical assistance to farmers applying for Environmental Farm Plan Funding.

Farmers across Ontario can apply for funding in 28 project categories.  Funding covers either 30 % or 50% of project costs.  For more information, please visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association website.

Healthy Lands, Healthy Horses
Between 2001 and 2006, there was a 16.7 % increase in the number of horses in Ontario.  Today there are approximately 3,272 equestrian farms in the Greater Toronto Area (Durham, Peel and York, representing about 42,241 horses (Wright 2007)).  Some of the challenges facing Equine operations include nutrient management, pasturing and a horse density per acre.  The Healthy Lands Healthy Horses program is design to introduce equine operators to environmental stewardship  through workshops, publications, site visits and technical and financial support for project implementation.  For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops, please visit the Equine Guelph website at www.equinequelph.ca.  CLOCA is an active member of the Healthy Lands, Healthy Horses Steering Committee.  Members of the equine community are asked to contact us if you have ideas about how to reduce your environmental hoofprint.

Stewardship of the Equine Environment, Reducing your Environmental Hoofprint
This 12 week on line course  is offered as part of an Equine Studies Diploma program through Equine Guelph.   For more information about costs, availability, registration and course topics, check out Equine Guelph at www.equineguelph.ca.

Extension Notes - Ontario Woodlot Association

Ontario Forestry Association's Online Publications
Ontario Federation of Agriculture's Best Management Practices Books
Ontario Stewardship Centre
Ontario Stewardship
LandOwner Resource Centre

Durham Land Stewardship Council
Region of Durham
Durham Region Environmental Advisory Committee (DEAC)

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