New Stormwater Stewardship Grants for Private Property Owners
Roofs, driveways, parking lots, roads, and patios are all impermeable surfaces, meaning they do not allow water to absorb into them. Rainfall that flows over these surfaces is called stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff often carries pollutants which can be harmful to fish and other aquatic life.
The goal of stormwater stewardship projects is to help reduce both stormwater flowing into the municipal sewer system and stormwater flowing directly into local watercourses, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario. These projects can help mitigate these issues by filtering stormwater, reducing the transport of pollutants, and helping reduce soil erosion.
Examples of projects that can reduce stormwater runoff are: bioswales, downspout disconnections, infiltration trenches, permeable pavement/concrete/pavers, rain gardens, soakaway pits, or water retention/storage systems.
The Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program (HWSP) is pleased to offer grants to private property owners in the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s watershed to cover 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $2,500 for eligible projects. To find out if your project is eligible to apply, property owners must meet with HWSP staff to discuss their proposed project, and the project must demonstrate that there will be a reduction of stormwater flow into the municipal sewer system and/or watercourses.
There is limited funding available. Deadline to submit an application for the 2018 grant is October 1, 2018 and projects must be completed by November 16, 2018. The grant will be offered again in 2019!
If you have any questions please contact Hamilton Conservation Authority Stewardship staff at 905-525-2181 extension 181 or 196.