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Through the Scugog WATER Fund, we provide financial assistance to property owners who undertake projects that contribute to the health of Lake Scugog and its watershed, within the area outlined on the map below. WATER stands for Water And Terrain Environmental Restoration.

Eligible region

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The program, funded by the Region of Durham, is administered by Kawartha Conservation.

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

Eligible projects and grant ceilings

Projects are evaluated for their potential to positively affect the health of the Lake Scugog watershed. Acceptable expenses, subject to approval, 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. Projects that are completed or which have started prior to submitting an application and receiving a site visit are not eligible for funding.  Options may be considered for uncompleted projects with prior approval by the Environmental Farm Plan.  For more details on the eligibility guidelines and eligible costs see page 4 of the application.

To find out which projects are best suited for your location, choose from the following categories:

  • On the Shore
  • In Town
  • On the Farm
  • In the Country

Shorelines are critical to the ecological health of lakes and rivers. Shoreline stewardship actions can reduce the impact of on-the-shore land-use and protect water quality in Lake Scugog. You can contribute to the health of your shoreline by reducing the nutrients and contaminants entering the watershed, reducing erosion and sedimentation, and creating habitat for native species. The following projects are eligible for funding:

Eligible Projects Percent Covered Grant Ceiling
Shoreline Erosion Control/Naturalization  50%  $ 2,000
Improving riparian areas to prevent shoreline erosion by planting native riparian buffers and/or bioengineering shorelines
 Private Septic System Upgrades  50% $ 4,000
Upgrades to existing septic systems within 100m of surface water
Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

Impermeable surfaces in urban areas produce large amounts of runoff during storm events. This runoff can pick up oil, gas, fertilizer, and other contaminants found in cities, and carry them directly into local waterbodies. You can help slow down water and keep these pollutants from entering Lake Scugog by planting native species and using permeable surfaces. Through the Scugog WATER Fund, cost-sharing opportunities are available for implementing the following best management practices:

 Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
 Preventing Urban Runoff
 50%  $ 2,000
Rain Harvesting systems, bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, and permeable surfaces will all help prevent urban runoff. 
 Planting Native Trees & Shrubs  50% $ 2,000 
Increase infiltration and slow water runoff by planting riparian buffers along watercourses or adding native species to a raingarden
Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

Agricultural land makes up about 50% of the Kawartha Watershed, and due to this large land area, there is potential for significant impact on watershed health. By implementing agricultural best management practices, you can help sustain rural communities, keep Lake Scugog healthy, and protect the local economy. The following actions are eligible for cost-sharing benefits:

 Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
 Restricting livestock access to water courses

 50%  $ 8,000
Installing fencing that restricts livestock access and using remote watering systems will help keep contaminants from entering water courses
Managing manure to prevent contamination
 50% $ 8,000 
Manage contaminated runoff by repairing or upgrading manure structure or install new structures
Diverting clean runoff 50% $ 1,000
Prevent clean runoff from reach sources of contamination, such as livestock yards and manure storage, by installing eavestrough, ditching, berms, or filter strips
Planting Native Trees & Shrubs 50% $ 2,000
Reforest a piece of land for wildlife habitat or control wind erosion with a treed windbreak or shelterbelt
Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
Retire old or unused farm wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater 

Maintaining natural heritage sites across the rural landscape is an important part of promoting watershed health. Connecting forested areas promotes biodiversity, creates wildlife habitat, stores carbon, and improves air and water quality. You can help protect Lake Scugog and surrounding ecosystems through reforestation and by implementing the following actions:

Eligible Projects  Percent Covered  Grant Ceiling
Shoreline Erosion Control/Naturalization
 50% $ 2,000
Improving riparian areas to prevent streambank erosion and restore stream structure by planting native riparian buffers
Planting Native Trees & Shrubs  50% $ 2,000 
Reforest a piece of land for wildlife habitat or control wind erosion with a treed windbreak or shelterbelt, on a property at least 2 acres
Well Decommissioning 100% $ 500
Retire old or unused wells which are a potential threat to groundwater from contamination
Well Upgrades and Maintenance 50% $ 1,000
Upgrades may include new well caps, well pit removals, annular seals, or other maintenance items that will help protect groundwater

Eligible Region

All proposed projects must be within the Kawartha Conservation watershed in Durham Region, indicated in light yellow on the map below.

Contact

To find out more about the Scugog WATER Fund or the application process, contact Holly Shipclark at 705.328.2271 ext. 240 or email at HShipclark@KawarthaConservation.com

Download an application

See a project supported by the fund