Essex Region – With funding from the Government of Canada, Essex Region Conservation is offering incentive grants to farmers who wish to create nutrient management plans and plant cover crops in a continued effort to reduce phosphorus runoff.
“These grants are only available in the watersheds that drain directly into Lake Erie,” explains Michael Dick, ERCA’s Agricultural Technician. “Cover crops and nutrient management plans have been identified as some of the best ways of keeping fertilizer on the fields and phosphorus out of waterways.”
The grant program is an extension of ERCA’s Clean Water~Green Spaces initiative, which provides incentive funding to landowners to implement projects such as tree planting, soil erosion prevention and well-capping.
The Provincial and Federal Governments have identified a goal of reducing phosphorus by 40% in Lake Erie. ERCA will continue to monitor quality and review the effectiveness of these efforts.
The program eligibility guidelines and grant application are available here.
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.