A five-year $29-million fund aims to restore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and southeastern Georgian Bay, the federal government announced January 7, 2013.
Peter Van Loan, MP for York Simcoe, made the funding announcement on behalf of Environment Minister Peter Kent in Jackson’s Point, Ontario, where the money will be used to improve water quality for the residents and wildlife of the region.
Van Loan said clean-up priorities include reducing phosphorous inputs from urban and rural sources, restoring fish and aquatic wildlife habitat and populations, and addressing nearshore toxic and nuisance algae growth.
“Lake Simcoe and southeastern Georgian Bay are important natural resources, vital sources of drinking water, and regional economic drivers,” Van Loan said at the public announcement. “Our government is proud to contribute to projects that will help ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada’s lakes and waterways.”
The federal investment comes through the Government’s Action Plan for Clean Water. It includes projects like the clean up of contaminated sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, and action on pollution in Lake Winnipeg. It also builds on the success of the 2007 to 2012 $30-million Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.