MP Bryan May Announces Two Funding Grants For GRCA

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Government of Canada Invests in Local Environment

CAMBRIDGE, ON - Cambridge MP Bryan May, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, was pleased to announce two funding grants which were provided to the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

The Grand River Conservation Authority has received the Habitat Stewardship Program - Species at Risk Stream Project funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada in the amount of $189,000.

The Habitat Stewardship Program Grant is a three-year project that supports private landowners with the goal of improving water quality and habitat conditions for several aquatic species at risk in southern Ontario. The project will take place in the Grand River watershed which is identified as a regional priority watershed for the Habitat Stewardship Program Species at Risk Stream.

GRCA is also receiving the Lake Erie Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) funding in the amount of $40,000.

The LAMP implementation grant allows the GRCA to implement and coordinate activities of the Grand River watershed Water Management Plan, including ensuring that the plans for the Grand River Watershed, the Lake Erie LAMP and the Great Lakes are all in alignment. This project also fulfills Environment and Climate Change Canada’s commitment under the Lake Erie LAMP to support Grand River rehabilitation efforts.

The LAMP project will include in-field stream bank evaluations to validate digital elevation models and planned Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) remote sensing imagery in the Fairchilds Creek sub-watershed, an economic evaluation of an enhanced walleye fishery in the lower Grand River, and evaluating water quality parameters in the River.

MP Bryan May made these announcements to staff and supporters of the GRCA at the GRCA headquarters in Cambridge.

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