Land retirement incentive

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. To find out more, please consult the program description.

Funding:

  • Annual performance incentive of $150 per acre per year, maximum 10 acres, maximum 3 years or end of Program

Project Description:

Retirement of marginal (e.g. low crop productivity) or fragile (e.g. erosion prone) lands adjacent to watercourses or wetlands.

Project Details:

  • Planting native species will generally be required as part of the grant approval. It is recommended that a planting plan be developed in conjunction with local Conservation Authority staff or a private consultant for establishment of trees and/or shrubs.
  • Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • The site must be maintained according to the approval project and verified by Program representatives to be eligible for annual performance incentive.
  • Applicants are responsible for the care and maintenance of vegetation, including trees.
  • Livestock must be excluded from the site.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

NOTE: Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the project meets all legal requirements, including City by-laws, provincial and federal acts/regulations, and Conservation Authority permits/approvals.

 Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Cover crops
  • Natural windbreaks
  • Watercourse buffers