hands of grandmother and grandchild with the glass of waterStewardship is the responsible care of our natural resources and wildlife.

All of us can be caretakers or stewards of our environment. We need to be good stewards of our land and water for ourselves and for future generations.

Quinte Conservation staff are available to provide technical assistance to landowners who wish to carry out projects on their land that will help to protect sources of drinking water. Quinte Conservation has a long history of working with landowners to plan and deliver watershed stewardship initiatives.

Stewardship Fact Sheets:

What can landowners to to protect water: quality and quantity?
What is a wellhead protection area?
What is an intake protection zone?
What is a water quality issue?
What are highly vulnerable areas?
How do I care for my private well?
What about septic systems?
What about runoff and erosion protection?

Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program 2007 to 2014

From 2007 to 2014 half a million dollars in stewardship grants went to 90 projects undertaken by landowners in the Quinte Region to address significant drinking water threats. Those living close to municipal groundwater wells and surface water intakes were able to help protect public drinking water sources through voluntary 'Early Action' and 'Early Response' stewardship projects. Grants of up to 80% were available through this program.

Types of projects undertaken included:

  • well maintenance, upgrades and decommissioning,
  • septic system repairs,upgrades, replacement, decommissioning and hookup to municipal services,
  • fuel storage upgrades,
  • fencing to restrict livestock access, and
  • other agriculture-related projects.


This MAP shows the Early Response Stewardship Projects completed from 2011 to 2014.
This MAP shows Early Action Stewardship Projects completed from 2007 to 2010.

2015 Grants available for agriculture related projects in vulnerable areas.