Mike Bossio

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Hastings-Lennox and Addington

Mike Bossio

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Bossio Applauds Federal Funding for Local Water Protection and Restoration

Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, applauds the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting Canada’s natural legacy and freshwater resources.

As part of an announcement of $8.95 million over four years for 36 local on-the-ground projects under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, recently announced almost $600,000 for projects within the Hastings—Lennox and Addington region. The funding includes:

  • $186,000 over 3 years to support Lower Trent Conservation to reduce phosphorus runoff.
  • $151,500 over 2 years to Quinte Conservation support environmental monitoring.
  • $134,000 over 3 years for a University of Toronto project to reduce phosphorus runoff into Napanee River, Wilton Creek, and their catchment areas.
  • $108,000 over 3 years for a University of Toronto project for a soil water assessment tool to reduce phosphate in Wilton Creek and Hay Bay watersheds.
  • $13,940 over 1 year to support Quinte Conservation for the construction of a retrofit stormwater management facility at the Deseronto millpond.

The initiative supports projects across the Great Lakes Basin, which will help restore areas of concern, prevent toxic and nuisance algae, reduce the release of harmful chemicals, engage the public through citizen science, and engage Indigenous Peoples.

 

Quotes

“In protecting our water and sources of drinking water, we are protecting our rural communities and keeping them sustainable. The vast majority of us in rural communities rely on our wells for water, so putting protections in place and restoring watersheds is imperative. In doing this, we are not only protecting our drinking water, but it has the result of protecting biodiversity, increasing fish stocks, cleaning our beaches, and supporting the tourism industry. Once again, this is further proof of the economy and the environment going hand in hand.”

– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

 

“Protecting and restoring our Great Lakes for current and future generations is a priority for Canada. With the help of our partners, we will work together to protect our freshwater resources. The Government of Canada is proud to support these 36 projects that help to ensure a clean and healthy source of drinking water for Canadians and restore and protect the health of ecosystems for the many species of plants and animals relying on the Great Lakes.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

 

Details

 

Project: Addressing Nonpoint Source Phosphorus Loading to the Bay of Quinte

Proponent: Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $186,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners and landowners in reducing phosphorus runoff from their properties by using best management practices including livestock fencing, buffer planting shoreline rehabilitation, rain gardens and naturalizing areas with native plants, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

 

Project: Deseronto Millpond Stormwater Implementation Project

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $13,940 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage the Town of Deseronto and Quinte Conservation in studies required to support the construction of a retrofit stormwater management facility that will reduce the impact of untreated stormwater on recreational water quality, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

 

Project: Phosphorus Loading from Napanee River, Wilton Creek and Their Catchments

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $134,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will determine the sources of phosphorus that are affecting water quality and ecosystem health in the Bay of Quinte. Local conservation authorities will use the results of the project engage landowners in applying best management practices to reduce phosphorus runoff, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

 

Project: Soil Water Assessment Tool to Determine Best Management Practices in Wilton Creek and Hay Bay Watersheds

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $108,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will develop a model to assess best management practices and determine which will be most effective in reducing phosphorus runoff, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

 

Project: Water Quality and Coastal Wetland Monitoring for Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $151,500 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support environmental monitoring to determine whether degradation of fish and wildlife populations, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, beach closings, restrictions on drinking water and undesirable algae have been reduced through the implementation of remedial actions in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern.

 

Quick facts

  • The Great Lakes are one of the world’s largest repositories of fresh water: They contain 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water.
  • The Great Lakes contain one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth—sustaining 4000 species of plants and animals.
  • The Great Lakes Basin provides a source of drinking water for one in four Canadians and one in ten Americans.
  • The Great Lakes region represents the third-largest economy in the world, if measured as a country. It supplies 51 million jobs or nearly 30 percent of the combined American and Canadian workforce.

 

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