The Ontario government is providing local agencies with substantial funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund for restoration and protection projects along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
According to NetNewsLedger, the following organizations will receive funding:
- Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority: $49,000, for the support of two projects.
- Mission Island Shoreline Naturalization Project: Students to be recruited to assist with planting and rerouting 330 kilometres of trails.
- Slate River Erosion and Nutrient Control Project: Cattle-fencing and buffer zones will be implemented and monitored to reduce nutrient run-off from nearby farmland.
- EcoSuperior Environmental Programs: $25,000, for Waterfront Walkabouts. The project will encourage residents and volunteers to clean up pubic Lake Superior shorelines, install outdoor ashtrays, and promote the value of local waterfronts.
- Red Sky Metis Independent Nation and The City of Thunder Bay: $25,000, for the installation of an oil and grit separator in a storm water pond. The installation aims to prevent contaminants from entering Lake Superior.
- Pays Plat First Nation: $25,000, for a project to maintain, improve, and enhance wetlands and shoreline in Pays Plat Bay on Lake Superior.
- Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior: $24,500, for a project to clean shoreline, improve trails to three lighthouses, complete dock improvements, and repair septic tank and outhouse issues.
Since 2012, Ontario has used the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund to stimulate community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas. Not-for-profit organizations, school, First Nations and Metis communities, and other local groups can be awarded up to $25,000 for proposed projects that have direct environmental benefit to Great Lakes. To date, Ontario has awarded $6 million from the Fund to 305 projects.
In the past, projects have included tree-planting; naturalizing stream-banks and shorelines; cleaning up beaches and shorelines; creating rain gardens; restoring wetland habitat; controlling invasive species, and more.
Both local MPPs for the Thunder Bay region issued statements regarding the funding.
Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay – Atikokan said: “I am proud of the newest Great Lakes Guardians who are keeping the Great Lakes drinkable, swimmable and fishable now and for future generations. In Thunder Bay, we are so very fortunate to live near the shore of such a tremendous natural resource. It is the obligation of all of us to do whatever we can to ensure a healthy Lake Superior as well as the other Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Guardian Fund not only recognizes and supports the substantial contributions of local Great Lakes champions, it empowers them to do their part to restore, protect and conserve our corner of the Great Lakes.”
Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay – Superior North commented further: “The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund helps to protect water and improve shorelines with this funding to ensure the aquatic ecosystems, habitats and species they support remain healthy, abundant and sustainable. Many communities in Thunder Bay – Superior North have an incredibly close connection with Lake Superior and this funding will help ensure that this ecosystem flourishes for generations to come.”
For more info, check out the NetNewsledger article here. It includes some fast facts about the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund if you are interested in learning more about its impact.