Ontario invests $1.9M in Great Lakes

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Ontario is investing over $1.9 million to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes.

A media release says 44 local projects will receive funding through the new Great Lakes Local Action Fund

The 44 projects are led by community-based organizations, municipalities, conservation authorities and Indigenous communities and organizations across Ontario,

Georgian Bay Forever will use $49,715.00 to remove plastics from Georgian Bay shorelines. They will analyse collected plastics to educate the public and businesses on the challenges of plastic in the environment.

“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,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities – building a better future with clean, green growth.”

The Province launched a call for applications for the Great Lakes Local Action Fund in the fall of 2020.

The media release said 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world. It also reported 95 per cent of the province’s agricultural lands are in the basin of the Great Lakes.