Three local projects receive funding from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
PORT DOVER — Three area initiatives were among 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund, which supports local projects that protect and restore the Great Lakes.
“Environment Minister David Piccini’s funding of farming and forestry projects in our watershed is welcome news for our part of Lake Erie,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “Money for a third project to monitor nutrient loading in the Lynn River from the Simcoe wastewater treatment plant is long overdue.”
“The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity – supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities – building a better future with clean, green growth.”
The 44 projects are led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities and organizations across Ontario, from Ottawa to Thunder Bay. Projects were selected following a competitive review process.
Area projects are:
- ALUS Norfolk, who will work with farmers to restore land throughout Long Point Watershed in Norfolk County to reduce agricultural impacts on Lake Erie.
- Haldimand Stewardship Council will engage community members to enhance and protect ecosystems and species through planting trees on marginal and abandoned lands.
- Norfolk County will monitor phosphorous loadings from the Simcoe wastewater treatment plant which discharges into the Lynn River and then into Lake Erie.
Supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in our plan to protect our land, air and water.
- Ontario launched a call for applications for the Great Lakes Local Action Fund in the fall of 2020.
- 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world.
- 95 per cent of the province’s agricultural lands are in the basin of the Great Lakes.
- The Governments of Canada and Ontario recently signed the ninth Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, which sets out specific actions each government will take to protect and restore the Great Lakes.
- Ontario invests approximately $14 million per year in actions to protect and restore the Great Lakes, including projects that support commitments in the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health and Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.
For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446 or firstname.lastname@example.org