UPDATE: Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF)
Watersheds Canada has been awarded an OCEF grant of over $960 from funds collected from environmental penalties.
The organization will use the funds to improve two existing walleye spawning beds on Twin Sisters Lake by first making an assessment of the sites, putting in place measures to reduce erosion and continuously monitor the results.
Environmental penalties are paid by companies that spilled a contaminant into the environment, or that did not comply with regulatory requirements.
The Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) uses the funds collected from those penalties to support projects, whenever possible, in the watershed where a violation happened.
OCEF grants are made to municipalities, conservation authorities, schools, First Nations, and non-profit groups to engage in remediation, restoration, research and education activities.
This year, 20 organizations in 13 eligible communities will receive $314,000 in funding for projects from the 2016 Ontario Community Environment Fund.
Interested groups are also encouraged to apply for grants from this year’s Fund. The deadline for applications is May 11, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the fall of 2017.
Since 2007, Ontario has invested more than $140 million into 1,000 local Great Lakes protection projects that have dramatically reduced harmful pollutants, restored contaminated areas and engaged hundreds of partners and community groups to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes and inland lakes.