Agricultural Activities

Some agricultural practices are prohibited within 100 metres of a municipal well.

Some agricultural practices are prohibited within 100 metres of a municipal well.

Agricultural activities are considered to be potential threats to drinking water due to the possibility for leaching of contaminants such as nitrogen, phosphorus, pesticides and bacteria into ground and surface water.

For more on drinking water threats from agricultural activities in the Quinte RegionĀ click here.

For the Quinte Region Source Protection Plan click here.

Given the largely rural nature of the Quinte Region, agricultural activities are widespread throughout, however the actual number of agricultural activities that occur within the vulnerable areas of municipal drinking water systems is relatively small. To see Policy Information Maps click here.

Farm Source Water Protection Framework and Assessment Tool

The Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition has created a template to help farmers engaged in significant drinking water threat activities to which source protection plan policies will apply. This template will help farmers to organize accurate information specific to their farm businesses in a format that facilitates discussion with the risk management official.
Click here for more information.

Links

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs: Source Protection Plans on the Farm

Water information for Farmers from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs water related links

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Best Management Practices

More information on protecting water sources:

OMAF Factsheet: Pesticide Contamination of Farm Water Supplies - Recommendations on Avoidance, Cleanup and Responsibilities

OMAF Factsheet: Groundwater - An Important Rural Resource: Protecting the Quality of Groundwater Supplies

Grants Available

The federal-provincial "Growing Forward 2" program provides cost share funding for certain agricultural projects around municipal wells (WHPA A and B) and near municipal intakes (IPZ 1 and 2).

For more information see pages 18 to 22 in this program guide.