By Kari Burnett PAg, Agriculture Program Specialist, Swift Current
The Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) offers funding for producers to develop secure and sustainable agricultural water sources, such as wells, dugouts and pipelines. The program also supports rural well decommissioning that improves public safety and reduces potential groundwater contamination.
Dugout, pipeline and well projects are eligible for a maximum rebate of 50 per cent of eligible costs. Eligible applicants can receive a rebate for more than one project, but cannot exceed a maximum of $50,000 for dugout, pipeline and well projects over the five-year program term. Projects must be fully constructed and operational for agricultural use before a rebate will be issued. No interim payments will be made.
The FRWIP dugout, pipeline and well rebate does not require pre-approval. Producers are encouraged to plan and construct water projects that best fit with their operational needs. However, the applicant is responsible for ensuring the project meets program criteria prior to applying for the project rebate. Projects that do not meet program criteria will not be eligible for rebate.
It is the responsibility of the producer to ensure they comply with all program and regulatory requirements. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Authorization to Construct – Written authorization is required from the legal, registered landowner granting permission to the applicant to develop a water project.
- Premises Identification Number (PID) – If you own, lease or rent property where livestock and poultry are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of, a Premises Identification Number is required.
- Water Rights Licence – Water Security Agency (WSA) approval is required for the right to use surface or ground water unless the use is considered domestic use and is exempt from the requirements for approval as defined in WSA’s Domestic Purpose Water Use. A WRL is required if dugout volume is > 5000 m³ (1.1 million gallons) or if annual usage is greater than 5000 m³.
- Approval to Construct Works (ATC) and Approval to Operate Works (ATO) – WSA's two-step approval may be required any time works are constructed to divert, impound, or convey water unless they are exempted for domestic purposes as defined in WSA's Domestic Purpose Water Use. Exempt works include private domestic wells, domestic dugouts
- Water Well Driller’s Report (WWDR) – A copy of the WWDR is required for all drilled (small diameter), bored (large diameter) wells and any test holes. Please contact (306) 694-3900 for more information.
- Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit (AHPP) – A WSA AHPP permit is required prior to commencement for any work that occurs in the bed, bank or boundary of a water body or watercourse. Work conducted on water bodies or watercourses that do not flow into other surface waters and are wholly within the boundaries of land that is owned by the person carrying out the activity are exempt from the permit. For AHPP inquiries, please contact (306) 787-0726.
- Municipal Approval – Written approval from the Rural Municipality is required if a pipeline crosses road allowances.
- The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act (WHPA) or Crown Conservation Easement (CCE) – Any protected lands designated under WHPA or with a CCE registered on title require approval prior to proceeding with any project. Please contact the Ministry of Environment at 1-800-567-4224 for more information.
- Critical Habitat – If the location of your proposed project is on lands identified as Critical Habitat for a listed species at risk, and if an alternate location is not feasible, approval prior to proceeding with ANY project is required. Contact the Executive Director of South of the Divide Conservation Area Program (SODCAP) at email@example.com or (306) 530-1385.
Producers needing assistance can contact their regional Watershed or Agri-Environmental Association. A list of your nearest Watershed is available on the Agri Environmental Technical Services web page or by contacting the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
Applicants must meet all regulatory requirements for water development projects. If all required approvals are not obtained the project will be ineligible for funding.
Agriculture Program Specialists are located throughout the province. They are there to help with questions about any of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) programs.
FRWIP is offered under the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) suite of programs.