Feds Further Habitat Commitments in Severn Sound
Midland, Ontario January 7, 1999 - Environment Canada, through the Great Lakes 2000 Cleanup Fund, has committed $269,000 to a series of projects designed to enhance and rehabilitate fish and wildlife habitat in Severn Sound. Among the many aims of the projects are the improvement of local water quality, the linkages of wildlife corridors and the development of stream habitat.
"These initiatives will go a long way in helping the Severn Sound Area of Concern address its environmental targets," said Mr. Paul DeVillers, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North. "One of those targets, rehabilitating habitat, is key if we are going to maintain all existing species of fish and wildlife."
The funding announcement was made today prior to a public consultation geared at collecting public comment for proposed legislation dealing with endangered species. The meeting at the Wye Marsh Centre is one in a series of opportunities this month across Ontario for the public to provide opinions on the proposed legislation.
"It is important that everyone continues to work together if we are to leave a Canada rich in biodiversity for future generations," said Mr. DeVillers.
Habitat initiatives in Severn Sound during 1998 have so far resulted in the planting of over 10,000 native trees and shrubs, the fencing of local waterways in order to reduce pollutants and phosphorus loadings to the Sound, and the establishment of an 1-800 hotline at Wye Marsh to provide hunters and anglers the latest information about non-toxic shot regulations, as well as, the availability of non-toxic sinkers, jigs and shots.
The overall value of these projects is $794,400 and involves several participants, including federal and provincial agencies, local municipalities and landowners.
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