The Ontario government today announced six new recipients of the 2015 Community Environment Fund program that will fund watershed and restoration projects across the province. The Ontario Community Environment Fund uses money collected from environmental penalties to support environmental improvement projects in the watershed where a violation happened.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in the Ganaraska watershed will receive $12,646.95 to remove two culverts on Wesleyville Creek, to improve the flow of the creek and improve habitat for fish, amphibians and other wildlife.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority will receive $9,056.00 to restore and protect pollinator habitats and to educate visitors with signs about what can be done to improve pollinator health.
The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network in the Penetangore watershed will receive $16,998.20 to restore a 2.8 hectares floodplain along the North Penetangore River by planting native tree species in the floodplain and to install a new fence that will keep livestock out of the river.
The Regional Municipality of Halton in the Credit River-16 Mile watershed will receive $29,375.00 to build a pedestrian bridge over a fragile creekbed.
The Schumacher Lions Club in the Whitefish watershed will receive $9,000 to complete a public education and outreach campaign for shoreline owners, users and local students.
Tin Roof Global Action Inc., a non-profit charity that runs water-related education campaigns will receive $38,310 to help improve drinking water for Ontario’s First Nations by involving local students in water-science workshops and tree planting in the following watersheds:
- Central Abitibi Watershed ($7,700)
- Montreal Watershed ($7,630)
- Goulais Watershed ($7,710)
- Little Pic Watershed ($7,790)
- Sydenham Watershed ($7,480)
Funding available for the 2016 grants are identified by watershed, as shown in the map below. Penalty reports, detailing the nature and cost of each violation are also available through the Ministry’s website.