Ontario Community Environment Fund 2016 Grant Recipients
City of Markham, Humber - Don Rivers Watershed - $11,846.25 to plant 600 native trees and 300 native shrubs to protect 600 metres of stream along the East Don River.
Earth Rangers Foundation, Credit River - 16 Mile Creek Watershed - $8,050 to update the Earth Rangers online catalogue of missions (activities and challenges) for youth to help protect the environment and run the Back to Nature program, which will encourage youth to plant native shrubs and plants, remove invasive plants and pick up litter in the Credit River watershed.
Grand River Employment and Training Inc., Credit River - 16 Mile Creek Watershed - $69,232.46 to restore one hectare of meadow and pollinator habitat in Hamilton's Red Hill Valley.
Junction Creek Stewardship Committee Inc., Onaping Watershed - $6,231.20 to complete water sampling and promote tree planting and garbage cleanups in Sudbury.
Long Point Waterfowlers' Association, Big Creek Watershed - $6,500 to remove invasive phragmites plants, which will protect the Long Point Crown Marsh and the species that inhabit the area.
Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, Penetangore Watershed - $13,670.98 to plant native trees and shrubs along 1,200 metres of Garvey Creek.
Municipality of Wawa, Michipicoten - Magpie Watershed - $10,140 to improve and extend the boardwalk over the sensitive dune that leads to Sandy Beach.
Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge (NORDIK), Goulais Watershed - $6,100 to plant native shrubs and plants on land under and near power lines at Mile 38 Road to reduce erosion and provide habitat for species at risk.
NORDIK, Goulais Watershed - $11,616 to plant native shrubs and plants on land under and near power lines to reduce erosion and provide habitat for species at risk.
Ontario Streams, Credit River - 16 Mile Creek Watershed - $16,992.74 to protect and enhance the endangered Redside Dace fish population by restoring habitat and sampling water quality.
Pine River Watershed Initiative Network, Penetangore Watershed - $6,697.12 to plant 3,000 native tree seedlings and install 1,200 metres of cattle exclusion fencing to protect 600 metres along Royal Oak Creek.
Rural Lambton Stewardship Network, Sydenham Watershed - $16,000 to divert 270 acres of agricultural runoff from flowing into the river, by creating three acres of wetlands, and planting 2.5 acres of native tallgrass prairie and 1,500 native wetland plants.
Rural Lambton Stewardship Network, Sydenham Watershed - $14,000 to reduce agricultural run-off from 225 acres by creating two acres of wetlands and planting 7.5 acres of native tallgrass prairie, 3.5 acres of trees and shrubs and 750 native wetland plants.
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, Sydenham Watershed - $36,045 to plant 15,000 trees and complete surface water quality sampling.
Town of Kapuskasing, Lower Kapuskasing Watershed - $6,500 to complete Phase 3 of the Riverside Park Bay Erosion Restoration project, that will clear debris, reduce erosion and plant trees in Riverside Park.
Water First Education and Training Inc. - support to help improve drinking water for Ontario's First Nations by involving local youth in water-science workshops, tree planting and stream restoration in the following watersheds:
- Central Abitibi Watershed (Taykwa Tagamou First Nation) - $22,436
- Spanish Watershed (Sagamok First Nation) - $21,252
- Upper Groundhog Watershed (Brunswick House First Nation) - $7,758
- Whitefish Watershed (Matachewan First Nation) - $22,364
Watersheds Canada, Crowe Watershed - $960 to enhance two existing walleye spawning beds on Twin Sisters Lake by assessing the sites, reducing erosion and monitoring the results.