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‚ÄčDiverting Runoff from Sources of Contamination

To reduce the amount of contaminated runoff from manure storage and exercise yards by diverting clean rain and snow melt water away from sources of contamination to a satisfactory outlet, and to promote water conservation by using rainwater collection systems for alternate uses. Priority will be given to those projects within 100 meters of a surface water source.


Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 50 per cent of project costs for eligible projects, to a maximum of $5,000. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.


What projects are eligible?

  • Eavestroughs or clean water diversion structures (such as berms and ditches) that direct water away from barnyards, exercise yards and/or manure storage areas.
  • Any other permanent technique to keep rain and snow from becoming contaminated by manure, or adding to the volume of contaminated runoff (livestock yard roofing, combination concrete pad/earthen yard, concrete pads with concrete curb, surrounding the yard with a vegetated buffer, holding pond or treatment area).
  • Rainwater collection systems.

Project Details

  • Downspouts located in areas which livestock can access must be made of schedule 40 PVC (or stronger materials) and be well secured to prevent dislodging.
  • All clean water diversion projects must discharge lean water away from any source of contamination, and not pose other hazards such as soil erosion.
  • Berms, tile outlets and ditches must be properly protected.
  • Ongoing maintenance and associated costs of the project are the landowner's responsibility.

What costs may be covered?

  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project.
  • Tile outlet protection including: rip-rap or appropriate armour material, filter cloth, rodent guards.

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes;
  • Paving of exercise yards
  • Tile drainage of agricultural field
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business;
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you may not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance.

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. The You are required to print and submit by mail or hand-deliver the completed checklist, application form and project profile as a complete application package to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Project Guidelines
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Applicant Information Form
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Use the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing/submitting all required documents. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact your Stewardship Technician to verify eligibility and to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the program or the application process. LEAP is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.