The federal government is investing close to $1-million for the South Nation Conservation Authority to develop a hydrologic model that will provide farmers in eastern Ontario with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.
Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Francis Drouin, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Winchester on Wednesday to announce the $997,654 investment.
The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using “HydroGeoSphere”, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.
The platform will become a support to help guide producers’ with water management practices by predicting water events and providing an array of potential mitigation practices.
South Nation Conservation is an agency established under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947. It is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, with the mandate to protect and restore regional ecosystems. The authority manages 4,384 km2 of land in Eastern Ontario.
This investment is being made through Growing Forward 2’s, AgriRisk Program. The AgriRisk Program supports the research and development as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector.