JUNE 11, 2019 – Are you a property owner in the Township of Scugog, Brock or Clarington? Through the Scugog WATER (Water and Terrain Environmental Restoration) Fund, Kawartha Conservation provides financial assistance to property owners who undertake projects that contribute to the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed.
The goal of the Scugog WATER Fund is to address issues affecting Lake Scugog, including:
- Contaminated urban and agricultural runoff
- Extensive erosion on lakeshores and stream banks
- Poorly functioning septic systems around the lake
- Loss of natural cover along shorelines and stream banks
“The Scugog WATER Fund is a great opportunity for property owners to receive funding to support projects that positively impact the health of Lake Scugog,” explained Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “There are a range of eligible projects under four key areas being On The Shore, In Town, On The Farm and In The Country.”
Projects are evaluated for their potential to positively affect the health of the Lake Scugog watershed. Acceptable expenses may include construction materials, licensed contractor and/or licensed technician fees, permit fees, design fees, native plant stock in conjunction with erosion control and urban runoff control projects, and other amounts as determined by the Scugog WATER Fund Review Committee.
Other innovative ideas which contribute to the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed may be considered.
“To be eligible, Kawartha Conservation must conduct a site visit before the project begins,” said Ms. Shipclark. “Site visits provide an opportunity for the property owner to talk about their project and for stewardship staff to offer input, suggestions and work as a partner in the project to support the successful implementation of the project.”
Projects that are completed or which have started prior to submitting an application and receiving a site visit are not eligible for funding.
Depending on the type of project being completed, funding through the program can be 50 percent or 100 percent.
“Taking advantage of the Scugog WATER Fund is simple,” added Ms. Shipclark. “It starts with a simple phone call or email to arrange a site visit and we can go from there.”