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Keeping Lake Huron Clean

McGuinty Government Working To Protect And Improve The Great Lakes

Lake Huron is being kept clean and healthy with the assistance of ten environmental, community projects

Through provincial support, these projects are helping reduce pollution from entering the lake, improving understanding of the lake's characteristics and educating the public about protecting the watershed. These projects include:

  • The Huron County Clean Water Project, which provides up to 50 per cent funding to owners of farms and rural properties to build livestock fences and plant trees along waterways, properly decommission old manure storages and abandoned wells.
  • A Youth Summit which brings local educators together to learn about how to encourage young people to help restore and protect the lands and waters of the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay watershed. 
  • A project to protect Huron County's natural heritage features.

This initiative is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities, and protect the environment.

Quick Facts

  • A total of $250,000 is being invested in these projects as part of Ontario's commitment to improving water quality in all the Great Lakes.
  • Lake Huron is the second largest Great Lake by surface area and the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world.
  • Forty million people live along the Great Lakes - 25 per cent of Canadians and 10 per cent of Americans.

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“The people of Huron County are leaders in keeping our lake clean. By working to protect, restore, and manage our precious water resources, Ontario is strengthening rural communities and building a more prosperous future.”

Carol Mitchell

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“As a county we are quite excited that we can work on these types of projects with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The County of Huron has invested over $1.5 million in grants over the last five years to improve water quality in the watersheds, creeks and wetlands that feed Lake Huron. This financial boost from the province will allow us to fund many more local projects.”

Bert Dykstra

Huron County Warden

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