Chatham-Kent – GLASI Priority Subwatershed Project Launched
The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) is pleased to announce The Jeannettes Creek Agricultural Phosphorus Reduction and Monitoring Program. This program will implement and monitor the effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on reducing agriculturally sourced phosphorus within the 20km2 region located near Fletcher.
“The program will provide farmers with the opportunity to adopt new agricultural practices that could improve the long term sustainability of their farm operations, at a reduced financial risk,” explains Colin Little, the LTVCA’s Agricultural Specialist. “We are very excited to work with farmers in the Jeannettes Creek Subwatershed to implement innovative agricultural practices to help improve soil health and field nutrient retention.”
The Jeannettes Creek Agricultural Phosphorus Reduction and Monitoring Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to implement a targeted suite of BMPs at a significantly reduced cost. Additionally, water quality and soil health monitoring will occur over the duration of the program to assess the effectiveness of implemented BMPs. This information will be significant to farmers as the agricultural industry moves forward in addressing the issue of non-point source phosphorus loadings in the Great Lakes Region.
Cost-Share will be available to farmers to implement the following BMPs:
Alternative Phosphorus Application Practices
Crop and Field Nutrient Management Plans
A program brochure with more details on the funding opportunities available to farmers within the study area will be available on the LTVCA and the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association’s websites in the near future.
The project was initiated in 2015 and will continue until March of 2018. Farmers in the Jeanettes Creek watershed may be eligible to submit claims for implementing the identified program BMPs from April 1st 2015 to December 15th 2017.
For more program information or inquiries contact:
519-354-7310 ext. 231