The Grand River Conservation Authority has received $40,000 from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to contribute to the goals of the Lake Erie Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP)
Cambridge, Ontario MP Bryan May joined GRCA staff at the GRCA headquarters to make the announcement on behalf of Minister McKenna.
The grant will allow the GRCA to implement and coordinate activities of the Grand River Watershed Water Management Plan, including those that are consistent with the Lake Erie LAMP. This project also fulfills Environment and Climate Change Canada’s commitment under the Lake Erie LAMP to support Grand River rehabilitation efforts.
The LAMP project will include in-field stream bank evaluations to validate digital elevation models and planned Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing imagery in the Fairchilds Creek sub-watershed, an economic evaluation of an enhanced walleye fishery in the lower Grand River, and evaluating water quality parameters in the River.
Helen Jowett, Chair of the GRCA said, “We’re very pleased to be receiving these grants from Environment and Climate Change Canada. […] This funding will provide financial assistance for two GRCA programs aimed at improving water quality and habitat conditions for species at risk in the watershed, as well as furthering the implementation of the Grand River Water Management Plan.”
May said, “I am always pleased to see funding going to support our local environment. The GRCA does a great job at protecting our environmental infrastructure and being a champion for species diversity. They have a strong track record in projects like this and supporting a healthy local environment.”
The Grand River watershed is the largest watershed in southern Ontario. It’s home to close to one million people and includes the cities of Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo. It is also an intensive agricultural area, with farms making up about 70 per cent of the watershed. It flows south about 280 kilometres to Lake Erie at Port Maitland.