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For Immediate Release:
February 25, 2010

Over $1 Million Worth of On-farm Water-quality Protection

Peel Rural Water Quality Program supported nearly 50 projects in five years

BRAMPTON, ON. (Feb. 25, 2010) – Farmers in the Region of Peel have completed nearly 50 on-farm projects worth over $1.15 million with $231,000 in financial support from the Region of Peel’s Peel Rural Water Quality Program (PRWQP) over the past five years.  Eligible farmers wishing to undertake environmental improvement projects on their properties received financial and technical assistance from PRWQP. PRWQP is in its sixth year and is funded by the Region of Peel and the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great-Lakes Basin Ecosystem.

This funding assisted various projects including windbreak and buffer strip planting, fencing to restrict livestock from streams, wetlands and ponds, and manure storage and barnyard runoff control projects. The agricultural sector in Peel has demonstrated a strong commitment to maintain sustainable agricultural practices and to protect the environment.

“By providing technical and financial support, the PRWQP promotes proactive efforts taken by Peel’s agricultural community to implement beneficial management practices on their land,” said Arvin Prasad, the Region’s Director of Planning Policy and Research.

The program is administered by the Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation.  Program staff provide technical assistance and assist farmers with the completion of project applications.  Farmers wishing to apply should possess a completed Environmental Farm Plan. Decisions are made by the Peel Agricultural Advisory Working Group (PAAWG).

“On-farm environmental improvement projects can be substantial in terms of planning and cost, so it makes sense to do what we can to assist them,” states Mike Puddister, Credit Valley Conservation’s Director of Restoration and Stewardship. “The PRWQP was developed in partnership with the local farm leaders to address their needs and help them respond to existing and future policies and programs.”

“Farmers should apply to this program when considering environmental projects on their property,” said Nick Ferri, Chair of PAAWG. “It has been a privilege to be involved with such a well developed program.”

If you are interested in applying to the PRWQP, please contact one of the program staff below.

Credit Valley Conservation
Mark Eastman
905-670-1615 ext. 430

Toronto and Region Conservation
Mathew MacLean  
416-661-6600 ext. 5349

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Ken Chiu
Public Affairs
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4667

David Wright
Rural and Environment Policy Development
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4350

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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