On Farm Water Management Program FAQs

On Farm Water Management Program FAQs

This program provides technical assistance to agricultural producers to complete a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP), and shares the cost of related enhancements of their on-farm water supply management.

The Growing Forward 2 (GF2) On-Farm Water Management Program addresses two key industry priorities:

  • Improved resource management: The program helps producers achieve greater water security and more effective and efficient management of their on-farm water resources, enhancing the sustainability of those resources.
  • Improved production capacity: Producers who improve their water management capability advance the long-term competitiveness of their operation, making them better able to embrace business opportunities.

How are costs shared?

The On-Farm Water Management Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management arising from a LTWMP. These eligible costs are offered through standard and special incentive projects described in detail in the On-Farm Water Management Program factsheet.

Standard Incentive projects include construction of water sources such as wells, dugouts, spring developments, dams and pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to one-third of expenses, to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant.

Special Incentive projects include well decommissioning, well pit conversions, water meters, water well depth measurement equipment and connections to multi-user water supply pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement for up to 50% of expenses, to a specified maximum per applicant or project.

There is no cost to producers for technical assistance provided by Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Water Specialists, relating to the completion and required prior approval of a LTWMP.

Project completion can span different fiscal years but applicants can only receive a grant for expenses once project construction is completed, or at least substantially completed. No advance payments will be made.

To be eligible for funding, projects must be identified in a LTWMP approved by an Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Water Specialist prior to starting the project. Projects must meet the requirements of all applicable federal and provincial legislation and contact must be made to pertinent agencies prior to starting a project. A completed environmental checklist highlighting environmental concerns for the producer to address is also required.

The On-Farm Water Management Program is not an emergency program.

Who can participate?

Producers, corporations and not-for-profit organizations with an active agricultural business in Alberta and a minimum of $10,000 farm commodity production income are eligible. An eligible on-farm water project can be located on private land, rented land, and on certain types of Crown Land subject to prior written approval from the landowner.

All participants must have completed a LTWMP (new or amended) and have it approved by an ARD Water Specialist before starting a water project for their application to be considered eligible.

How do you start?

First, producers complete a LTWMP, either independently or with the assistance of an ARD Water Specialist. A template to help producers create a LTWMP can be found on the ARD website www.growingforward.alberta.ca or can be mailed to a producer upon request. In conjunction with this, an environmental checklist for your proposed project is required and should be completed prior to starting the project.

For a list of eligible water management projects, please refer to the On-Farm Water Management Program factsheet. Producers should also review the program’s terms and conditions document.

Please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) to find out more about the program.

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