(GRowing Outcomes in Watersheds)
Recognizing Ecological Goods and Services provided by Producers
The GROW (Growing Outcomes in Watersheds) Trust Program is an initiative of the Manitoba Provincial government to manage water flows, and improve water quality throughout all Manitoba watersheds.
Agricultural producers are at the frontline of water management , and we know each year has its own challenges. Our goal with the GROW program is to partner with producers to implement beneficial management practices that create ecological goods and services that benefit the province. Many of the programs and projects that are able to be funded are similar to programs we have offered in the past. With the GROW funding, however, we are able to offer cash incentive payments to farmers for acres used for on-farm water storage. These payments are available for 10 year terms, and the land is still able to be used in years that weather conditions permit, provided they remain intact (no drainage).
Funding Streams available:
Wetland Enhancement- Class 1 and 2 wetlands (potholes) are eligible for cash payments for up to 10 year terms. Payments are calculated as a percentage of cash rent.
2. Riparian improvement- Riparian restoration projects are eligible to be cost shared with PVWD. These Projects can include fences, offsite watering, winter watering sites etc.
3. Water Retention- Program funding can be used for water retention structures, control valves
4.. Soil Health- We are interested in partnering with farmers trying innovative projects to improve soil health through poly cropping or regenerative ag techniques. PVWD will subsidize seed costs for a limited number of acres within the watershed. We will cover up to $45/acre(receipts required) for up to 40 acres per farm.
5. Shelterbelt Establishment- We support shelterbelt establishment for reduction of erosion, thermal protection for livestock, snow retention and improved wildlife habitat.
Click here for the GROW Guidebook - V3 - 2020.
For more information, contact GROW program coordinator Clint Cavers at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (204) 245-0636.