Over $400K for Midwestern Ontario environment projects

A handful of local projects are among 58 new EcoAction Community projects receiving $4.3 million from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Minister Catherine McKenna announced the funding today to support local action to fight and adapt to climate change and educate Canadians about preserving and conserving water.

She says the EcoAction projects will protect the environment and grow the economy by conserving water resources, adapting to climate change, and reducing pollution.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is receiving $100,000 for urban and rural stormwater improvements for Lake Huron.

Pine River Watershed Initiative Network gets over $86,000 to increase habitat availability and water storage capacity in the Pine River Watershed.

Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association will use over $43,000 to revive a productive cold water stream in a unique drainage system.

Georgian Bay Forever will use over $93,000 to divert and capture microplastics in the water.

And Grey Sauble Conservation will use nearly $86,000 for fertile fields and clean streams.

“Protecting the environment and growing the economy are priorities for our government. We are proud to support community groups that are taking action to preserve water resources and promote energy-efficient practices. By working together with communities and EcoAction projects like these, we can ensure a healthier and more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids,” said McKenna.

The 58 funded EcoAction projects are expected to reach 119,811 Canadians, reduce greenhouse gas emission by 7,127 tonnes across Canada, and protect or improve up to 8,558 hectares of shoreline.