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Helping Ontarians Be Great Lakes Guardians

McGuinty Government Supports Community Action

Ontario recognizes the successful Pine River project to conserve and restore stream habitat in the Lake Huron watershed, and encourages grassroots groups across the province to get involved in activities that protect their corner of the Great Lakes.

Restoring stream habitat is an example of local action Ontario's new Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is supporting. The fund offers grants to not-for-profit community groups for local activities such as cleaning up a beach or shoreline, restoring a wetland, and creating a coastal or riverside trail. 

Protecting and restoring the environmental health of the Great Lakes is part of the McGuinty government's plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.

Quick Facts

  • In 2010, the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network received a $28,250.00 grant to restore stream shoreline by planting native tree species and building a fence along one kilometre of the stream bank to keep cattle out of the stream.
  • The Pine River waters ultimately flow into Lake Huron, the second largest Great Lake by surface area and the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world.
  • The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund provides up to $25,000 per project for actions to protect the Great Lakes. The first grants are expected to be awarded later this month. These activities support Ontario's proposed Great Lakes Protection Act.
  • More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

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“I congratulate the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network for restoring their corner of the Great Lakes Basin. Our new fund offers grants to Ontarians who want to get involved in keeping our Great Lakes drinkable, swimmable and fishable.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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