Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater/Washwater
Who should apply?
Operations requiring improvements to wastewater or washwater systems. Eligible operations include greenhouses, nurseries, dairies and poultry operations.
To apply you must have completed
- A verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
Have you completed an Environmental Farm Plan?
Having a verified, 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan is required to apply for all Environmental Stewardship Project Categories. If you haven’t completed one, sign up here.
The project being applied for must be identified as an action in the EFP, and effectively move a “1” or “2” rating to “3” or “4” (best) rating
Eligible activities and expenditures
- Manure dewatering systems to recover nutrients (e.g., on-farm liquid concentration systems using flocculants, membranes, or other suitable technology)
- Milkhouse washwater systems must be designed in accordance with the specifications in Handling Milking Centre Washwater Factsheet 14-047
- Modifications to existing greenhouse irrigation systems to enable nutrient recovery and allow for recycling of washwater or wastewater (e.g. collection, storage, transfer and treatment system)
- Treatment systems and recycling of washwater or wastewater streams from existing milkhouses, egg washing, fruit and vegetable washing facilities, greenhouses, nursery crop and horticultural facilities in order to recover nutrients
- Treatment trench systems, constructed wetlands, or vegetated filter strip systems must be designed by a professional engineer
- Site preparation
- In-kind contributions
Ineligible activities and expenditures
- Activities and expenditures as detailed here
- Design, construction and installation costs of items not directly related to the recycling process (e.g., buildings, benches)
- Installations in new structures (e.g., greenhouses or dairy barns built after April 1, 2018)
- Repair and maintenance of existing nutrient recovery equipment
- Sand separators
30 per cent, up to a maximum of $25,000
Consult the following Reference Publications for more information:
- Publication 854, Vegetable and Fruit Washwater Treatment Manual
- Self-Assessment and Best Management Practices for Water and Fertilizer Use in Greenhouse Vegetable Production
- Best Management Practices and Self-Assessment Water and Fertilizer Use for Outdoor Container Production
- Handling Milking Centre Washwater Factsheet 14-047
- Certificate of completion for a 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan
- MSTOR calculations for milkhouse washwater systems
Merit assessment criteria
- Degree of risk reduction estimated to be achieved through the project (e.g., capture rate for the wastewater system, nutrient removal efficiency, etc.)
- Level of existing environmental risk to water quality or site-specific environmental concerns
- Preference will be given to projects within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
Other useful information:
An additional 5 per cent in cost-share funding may be available to successful producers who provide information on the Systems Approach section of the application to demonstrate that the project will be complemented or enhanced by the continued maintenance of three previously implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs). For more information, click here.
Is this project for you? Find out if you meet the program requirements
Any established farm business that is a legal entity and produces agricultural commodities in Ontario under a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or an allowable exemption, is eligible to apply for cost-share funding under the Partnership—provided that the farm business meets all of the requirements set out in the Program Guide. You must also have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification (PID) Number for the farm property where the project is to take place. In addition, you are required to be in compliance with all Requirements of the Law and remain in compliance for the duration of the project.
A farm business may have up to two (2) applications approved in an intake or under consideration at one time. A separate application must be submitted for each project.
There is no limit to the number of cost-share projects that a farm business can complete over the five-year span of the Partnership. There is also no limit to the number of approved cost-share projects that a farm business can have underway at one time.
Applications are evaluated based only on the information submitted and will not be considered if they do not meet eligibility criteria or if they are incomplete.
Complete applications that meet eligibility criteria are assessed using Merit Assessment Criteria, which is specific to each Project Category. Applications that are selected using a merit-based review process are approved on a continuous basis while funds remain available.
Conditional approval for funding may be granted for complete applications with high merit that require confirmation of additional information before project approval.
Applications are submitted electronically.* You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net.
You can also complete the Application Form for the Project Category you are applying under, and submit with all required documentation by email to CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org. Copies of Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.
*If you cannot apply online or by email, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1-367 Woodlawn Road W, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K9.
Applications will be reviewed, and cost-share funding decisions will be made after the Application Intake has closed. You will be notified by mail and/or email approximately 45 business days from the date a given Application Intake closes. (If there is an exception to this, it may be noted in the Project Category Description.) There are three possible outcomes:
- Application is approved – you will receive confirmation of claim procedures and submission deadlines, and a questionnaire that must be completed at the end of the project.
- Application is conditionally approved – you will be notified about what additional information is required to finalize approval of your project.
- Application is declined – you will receive a brief explanation for the decision.
The start date for your project is the date on the Approval or Conditional Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for each successful project. Projects cannot be started before that date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Letter is issued.
The completion date for your project will be specified in the Approval Letter issued by OSCIA for the successful project. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant on or before this completion date.
New producers are new entrants to the agricultural production industry who:
- File personal income taxes in Ontario
- Have proof of ownership or control of productive agricultural assets to generate farm income
- Have a valid and up-to-date Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the proposed project is to take place
- Have not had more than $7,000 in gross farm income two and three years prior to enrolling in the Partnership
- Have business projections that demonstrate potential annual gross business income of $7,000 or more within three years of applying
New producers are eligible for:
- Financial Analysis
- Business Plans
- Marketing Plans
- Nutrient Management and Soil Health Planning
- Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Animal Health)
- Food Safety and Traceability Gap Assessment and Pre-audit
- Food Safety and Traceability Training
- Education, Training, Assessment and Planning (Plant Health)
If you are a new producer, contact OSCIA at 1-800-265-9751 or CAP@ontariosoilcrop.org for a list of applicable Project Categories, and to request a copy of the New Producer Application Form.
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Edit date: January 6, 2021