Following a competitive review process, 44 projects led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities, and Indigenous communities and organizations across the Canadian province Ontario have received awards from the Great Lakes Local Action Fund.
In particular projects that focus on improving shoreline health, minimizing excess nutrients, protecting and restoring habitats and species, or improving water quality could receive up to $50,000 during this round of funding.
Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks David Piccini commented, “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. This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities — building a better future with clean, green growth.”
Recipients include the following organization who implement KISTERS software to conduct environmental monitoring and analysis:
- Credit Valley Conservation Foundation will restore a portion of Rogers Creek within the Town of Erin to improve the cold water fish community and habitat.
- Kawartha Conservation will improve nearshore water quality and aquatic plant management in the Kawartha Lakes and the Lake Ontario Drainage Basin. Citizen science activities and implementation of cost-effective recommendations along waterfronts are planned.
- Lakehead Region Conservation Authority will enhance existing undeveloped municipal parkland into a Climate Change Awareness Park which will incorporate wetland enhancements, shoreline remediation, revegetation and pollinator gardens. The public space will also educate and address environmental and climate impacts on Lake Superior.
- Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will launch the Visual Assessment Survey Tool (VAST), a citizen science initiative to fill data gaps for nuisance algae and shoreline erosion rates and water level changes.
- St. Clair Region Conservation Authority will restore a boardwalk in the provincially significant wetland known as Coldstream Conservation Area, providing safe public access while minimizing impacts on the natural feature. Local landowners in the Sydenham River watershed will be engaged in habitat restoration projects to help reduce impacts to water quality.
Read about the other Government of Ontario supported projects that support local protection of the Great Lakes at www.ontario.ca/page/great-lakes-local-action-fund.
The Coldstream Conservation Area south trail includes a boardwalk for visitors to safely explore the environs of a rare cedar swamp.