Province provides funds for two community environment projects on Manitoulin

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MANITOULIN—Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association (MSIA) and the Whitefish River First Nation have each received provincial funding for community environment enhancement projects.

The Ontario government is investing almost $900,000 in 17 projects across the province that will help protect and restore the environment and support stronger, healthier, and cleaner communities.

Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association (MSIA) has received funding of $55,000 for work to be carried out on the Manitou River Site M17.1 bank stabilization, and an Island-wide garbage cleanup. The funding will go toward planting native trees and shrubs to stabilize 300 metres of stream banks and conduct a Manitoulin Island-wide garbage clean-up. This project, in partnership with Tehkummah Township and community volunteers, will restore 55 linear metres of the Manitou River, enhance aquatic habitat and improve water quality across Manitoulin Island.

Funding in the amount of $41,750 is being provided to Whitefish River First Nation for a stream improvement project.  Work will be carried out to restore three streams on the First Nation’s traditional territory by stabilizing stream banks and improving fish spawning conditions. A bridge will also be built over a frequently used part of the stream to reduce further erosion.

The funding for the projects is being provided by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks.