Two local Thunder Bay community groups to receive $175 000 to improve water quality in Lake Superior
August 5, 2020 –
The Government of Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of all Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our efforts to ensure good health and economic well-being, we must take real and sustained action to protect the Great Lakes – a vital resource that continues to face threats from climate change and other stressors.
Today, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the Government of Canada will invest nearly $175,000 over two years for two projects in the Thunder Bay area to improve water quality in Lake Superior.
The project will focus on water, soil and sediment sampling and continued monitoring of the First Nation's Traditional Territory on Lake Superior and surrounding watersheds. It will also involve documenting flora and fauna in the area to help determine if there are any populations of native species at future risk.
This project will improve and create 10 hectares of habitat along the McIntyre River that flows through the college campus, within the Thunder Bay Area of Concern. Planned activities include planting trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials; installing bird boxes, a log pile, and a low-impact trail; establishing permanent no-mowing zones; and creating pollinator gardens.
Funded projects will address key Great Lakes issues – including cleaning up Areas of Concern, preventing toxic and nuisance algae, and reducing releases of harmful chemicals.
Through investments like this, the Government of Canada is protecting freshwater across the country.
The Government is also committed to creating a new Canada Water Agency to work together with the provinces, territories, Indigenous communities, local authorities, scientists and others to find the best ways to keep our water safe, clean and well-managed.
“We rely on the Great Lakes for our drinking water and food, our transportation, and our traditions. Thunder Bay and the Superior North region understand how big of a role Lake Superior plays in our everyday lives. I’m pleased to announce federal funding for these two local projects that are helping to protect this valuable resource for generations to come.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
“Taking care of our shared freshwater resources requires working in partnership with local communities, who have a first hand understanding of the challenges facing the Great Lakes.
I’m pleased that the Government of Canada continues to support innovative, results-driven projects that will benefit these iconic lakes, and the millions of Canadians who depend on them.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change