Climate Change and Environment

Water Retention and Runoff Management


The purpose of the Water Retention and Runoff Management BMP is to build structures that:

  • Improve the management of surface water throughout a watershed to protect against flooding, drought and the impacts of climate change
  • Improve surface water quality by capturing sediments, nutrients and pesticides
  • Increase wildlife habitat, biodiversity and ecosystem resilience
  • Develop a sustainable on-farm water supply

Intake Information

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Eligible Applicants

Watershed Districts

Eligible Activities

  • Engineering and consultative fees
  • Construction of water retention

Project Timeline

Projects will have up to eighteen months to be completed.

Cost share/funding information

Watershed Districts can be reimbursed for up to 100 per cent of total approved eligible costs.

  • There is a $100,000 maximum funding cap per application worksheet.

Additional Information and Documents

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Terms and Conditions Program Guide