Projects funded by the Great Lakes Protection Initiative

Restoring Great Lakes areas of concern

Fiscal year 2019 to 2020

Project: Current River Delta Rehabilitation Project

Proponent: Thunder Bay District Environmental Stewardship Council

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $7,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will protect and restore coastal habitat at the mouth of the Current River, part of the Thunder Bay Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Waterfront Revive Project

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $40,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage community groups in the clean-up of plastics and other floating litter on the Toronto waterfront, increase awareness of the impacts of floating litter and plastic, and improve aesthetics and habitat conditions in the Toronto Area of Concern.

Project: Remedial Action Coordination for the St. Marys River Area of Concern

Proponent: Algoma University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $50,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will facilitate interagency collaboration as well as stakeholder and Indigenous participation in the restoration of the St. Marys Area of Concern.

Project: Restoring Coastal Wetlands Within the St. Lawrence River (Cornwall) Area of Concern

Proponent: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $60,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will improve coastal habitat in the St. Lawrence River (Cornwall) Area of Concern, by protecting three provincially significant coastal wetlands.

Project: Reduction of Nonpoint Source Pollution at a Local Beach Through the Installation of a Bioswale

Proponent: Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $80,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will improve water quality in the Niagara River Area of Concern by installing a bioswale, a gently sloped drainage course, to slow stormwater runoff and filter out bacterial contaminants to Queen’s Royal Beach.

Project: Restoring Aquatic Habitat in the St. Clair River Area of Concern

Proponent: Walpole Island First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $170,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will improve habitat quality for fish and wildlife, by restoring a significant wetland in the St. Clair River Area of Concern.   

Project: Enhancing and Protecting Coastal Wetlands and Sheltered Embayments at Tommy Thompson Park

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $147,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will create and restore aquatic habitat in the Toronto Area of Concern including by installing underwater reefs and managing Phragmites australis, an invasive grass found in the embayments and coastal wetlands of Tommy Thompson Park.

Project: Remedial Action Plan and Shoreline Health Assessment

Proponent: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $120,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in the restoration of the St. Lawrence River (Cornwall) Area of Concern. 

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: Addressing Nonpoint Source Phosphorus Loading to the Bay of Quinte

Proponent: Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $186,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners and landowners in reducing phosphorus runoff from their properties by using best management practices including livestock fencing, buffer planting shoreline rehabilitation, rain gardens and naturalizing areas with native plants, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Community Engagement in Delisting Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern

Proponent: Bay Area Restoration Council of Hamilton and Halton, Inc.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $90,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage students, scientists and other citizens in volunteer programs and special projects to rehabilitate habitat and monitor environmental quality, part of the Hamilton Harbour remediation effort.

Project: Coordination of the Thunder Bay and Peninsula Harbour Remedial Action Plans

Proponent: Lakehead University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will coordinate interagency planning and implementation of remedial actions and engage the public, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders in the Thunder Bay and Peninsula Harbour Areas of Concern remediation processes.

Project: Cornwall Sediment Strategy Long Term Monitoring Program Establishing Baseline Concentrations for Nearshore Surface Sediments

Proponent: St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $19,850 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage local partners in the sampling and analyses of nearshore sediments to determine mercury contamination levels in order to assess the effectiveness of the Monitored Natural Recovery Strategy, which is being employed in the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern.

Project: Deseronto Millpond Stormwater Implementation Project

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $13,940 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage the Town of Deseronto and Quinte Conservation in studies required to support the construction of a retrofit stormwater management facility that will reduce the impact of untreated stormwater on recreational water quality, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Detroit River Water Quality and Habitat Restoration Program

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $419,861 over 2 years

Project description: This project will improve fish and wildlife habitat by re-establishing a historic inlet for fish spawning on Peche Island and restoring a 30 hectare diked wetland as well as upland terrestrial habitat, part of the Detroit River Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Enhancing Water Balance Criteria to Protect Wetlands from Urban Stormwater and Climate Change

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $40,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners in monitoring wetland habitat to determine the effectiveness of management strategies used to protect wetland habitat from the impacts of urban development, part of the Toronto and Region Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Pattingale Creek Restoration Plan

Proponent: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $86,260 over 2 years

Project description: This project will conduct a shoreline assessment to determine the status of fish habitat in Pattingale Creek, and will engage local landowners in the development and implementation of a plan to support further restoration of fish habitat, part of the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Phase IV of Habitat Restoration at Cooper Marsh

Proponent: Cooper Marsh Conservators Inc.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $30,240 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage the local community in the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area construction of four new large ponds to create and restore fish and wetland bird breeding habitat, part of the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern Remediation effort.

Project: Phosphorus Loading from Napanee River, Wilton Creek and Their Catchments

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $134,000 over 3 years Project description: This project will determine the sources of phosphorus that are affecting water quality and ecosystem health in the Bay of Quinte. Local conservation authorities will use the results of the project engage landowners in applying best management practices to reduce phosphorus runoff, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Public Engagement for Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern

Proponent: Bay Area Restoration Council of Hamilton and Halton

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $180,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage a local partner to enhance public awareness and understanding of the environmental status of Hamilton Harbour and work with all levels of government, the private sector and the public to promote and assess the implementation of remedial actions, part of the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Remedial Action Plan Transition Coordination for the St. Lawrence River

Proponent: St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $75,750 over 2 years Project description: This project will coordinate interagency planning and implementation of remedial actions and engage the public, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders in the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern remediation process.

Project: Remedial Action Plan Coordination for the St. Mary’s River Area of Concern

Proponent: Algoma University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $50,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will coordinate interagency planning and implementation of remedial actions and engage the public, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders in the St. Mary’s River Area of Concern remediation process.

Project: Restoring Riparian Zones of the Niagara River Area of Concern

Proponent: Niagara Parks Commission

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $130,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will create, restore and expand riparian and nearshore habitat for fish and wildlife by planting native species and constructing habitat structures, part of the Niagara River Area of Concern.

Project: Royal Botanical Gardens Wetlands Rehabilitation Program

Proponent: Royal Botanical Gardens

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $525,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners in restoring 4.5 hectares of wetland habitat and increasing vegetated shoreline by 2 kilometres in Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Marsh to improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality, part of the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Soil Water Assessment Tool to Determine Best Management Practices in Wilton Creek and Hay Bay Watersheds

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $108,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will develop a model to assess best management practices and determine which will be most effective in reducing phosphorus runoff, part of the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: St. Clair River Contaminated Sediment Management Develop Engineering Design

Proponent: St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $250,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners in the development of the detailed engineering design for addressing mercury contaminated sediment in three areas of the St. Clair River, part of the St. Clair River Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: St. Clair River Mapping and Coastal Wetland Initiative

Proponent: Rural Lambton Stewardship Network

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $60,185 over 1 year

Project description: This project will create a new 2 hectare coastal wetland and enhance a further 70 hectares of coastal wetlands by removing invasive plants, planting native plants, and constructing aquatic habitat structures to provide nesting, basking and feeding opportunities for fish and wildlife, part of the St. Clair River Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Toronto Harbour Fish Telemetry Project

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $250,000 over 3 years

Project description: Working with partners, this project will use fish tracking data to assess the effectiveness of fish habitat restoration in the Toronto waterfront and determine what further action might be required as part of the Toronto Area of Concern remediation effort.

Project: Toronto Waterfront Aquatic Habitat Restoration Strategy Fish Habitat Assessment Report

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $160,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage local partners to assess the progress and effectiveness of the Toronto Waterfront Aquatic Habitat Restoration Strategy which has guided the Toronto Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan's restoration of fish habitat since 2003.

Project: Water Quality and Coastal Wetland Monitoring for Beneficial Use Impairment Assessment

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $151,500 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support environmental monitoring to determine whether degradation of fish and wildlife populations, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, beach closings, restrictions on drinking water and undesirable algae have been reduced through the implementation of remedial actions in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern.

Preventing toxic and nuisance algae

Fiscal year 2019 to 2020

Project: Sydenham River Phosphorus Management Plan

Proponent: St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $220,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will identify and plan the most effective actions to reduce phosphorus loads to the Sydenham River, the third largest source of phosphorus loadings to the Canadian Lake Erie watershed. The benefits of actions in the phosphorus management plan will be promoted through engagement activities to encourage widespread uptake and application of these actions by landowners and other stakeholders. The plan will support future phosphorus load reductions to Lake Erie from the Sydenham River.

Project: Development of a Phosphorus Management Plan for Essex Region

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $170,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will identify the largest sources of phosphorus in Essex Region as well as the most effective actions to reduce phosphorus loads from those areas. A phosphorus management plan will be developed that includes activities to engage landowners and other stakeholders in on-the-ground projects as well as promote the results of best practices to encourage greater uptake and application. The plan will support future phosphorus load reductions to Lake Erie from Essex Region.

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: Essex Region Lake Erie Watersheds Phosphorus Reduction Program

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $600,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will reduce phosphorus runoff to Lake Erie from farms in Essex Region by implementing best management practices such as cover crops, nutrient management plans and vegetated buffers. Water quality monitoring will track changes following the implementation of the best management practices. Results will be shared to promote broader uptake by farmers.

Project: Improving Lake Erie Water Quality through Restoration of Natural Features on Agricultural Lands

Proponent: ALUS Canada

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $600,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will install wetland and other natural features on agricultural land to reduce nutrient runoff into streams. Monitoring at project sites and a simulation model will assess the effectiveness of similar projects in other locations. Monitoring and modelling will be used to assess the effectiveness of these features in reducing phosphorus pollution and in promoting uptake at a wider scale.

Project: McGregor and Jeannette’s Creek Phosphorus Reduction Program

Proponent: Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $600,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will engage farmers in the Lower Thames Valley, one of the highest contributing areas of phosphorus pollution to Lake Erie in Canada, in implementing best management practices to reduce phosphorus in farm runoff. The project will also measure the effectiveness of phosphorus reduction actions and promote broad uptake within the agricultural sector.

Project: Medway Creek Watershed Phosphorus Reduction Initiative

Proponent: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $600,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will engage local farmers in the Upper Thames River watershed in implementing suites of innovative best management practices on their farms, and monitoring the resulting reduction in phosphorus in farm runoff in order to determine which suites of best management practices perform most effectively under which conditions. Findings will be shared with local farmers to promote uptake of best management practices at a wider scale.

Project: Phosphorus Recovery from Municipal Wastewater and Reuse of Recovered Slow Release Fertilizer in the Lake Erie Watershed

Proponent: Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $321,930 over 4 years

Project description: This project will support implementation and testing of an innovative technology to recover phosphorus from the wastewater treatment plant and convert it to a slow-release fertilizer that will reduce fertilizer application and phosphorus pollution to Lake Erie. Municipalities and farmers in the Lake Erie basin will be engaged to promote broad uptake.

Project: Removing Phosphorus from Agricultural Water Runoff

Proponent: Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $600,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will implement and monitor the effectiveness of technologies to reduce the amount of phosphorous from agricultural tile drainage systems and municipal drains. Existing networks will be used to share results with local farmers and farm groups, municipalities and the public to inform and promote future use of these technologies within the broader community.

Project: Timing Matters: Peer-to-Peer Network

Proponent: Farm and Food Care

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $73,200 over 2 years

Project description: This project will reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie through an innovative peer-to-peer networking approach in which experienced landowners will engage other landowners in identifying and applying practical alternatives to the winter spreading of manure on agricultural lands, thereby reducing a major source of phosphorus pollution and contributing towards achieving phosphorus reduction targets established to clean up and protect Lake Erie.

Reducing releases of harmful chemicals

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: The Laundry: Project: Removing Chemicals of Mutual Concern from the Great Lakes

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $99,848 over 2 years

Project description: This project will measure the effectiveness of filters installed on household washing machines and clothes dryers in collecting certain toxic substances. This is one of the innovative approaches being piloted to reduce releases of a small group of chemicals designated as Great Lakes Chemicals of Mutual Concern, which continue to enter the Great Lakes despite being heavily regulated in Canada.

Project: Reducing Releases of Harmful Chemicals into the Great Lakes by Ozonation of Municipal Wastewater

Proponent: Trent University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 2 years

Project description: The project will evaluate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of ozonation in the removal of perfluorinated compounds and brominated flame retardants from municipal wastewater. This is one of the innovative approaches being piloted to reduce releases of a small group of chemicals designated as Great Lakes Chemicals of Mutual Concern, which continue to enter the Great Lakes despite being heavily regulated in Canada.

Project: Source Track Down and Mitigating Releases of Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $96,317 over 2 years

Project description: This project will identify indoor and outdoor sources of short chain chlorinated paraffins. Innovative analytical fingerprinting will be used to determine the contribution of these sources to surface water and wastewater treatment effluent in the Great Lakes Basin. Information will inform government risk assessments and risk management activities. This is one of the innovative approaches being piloted to reduce releases of a small group of chemicals designated as Great Lakes Chemicals of Mutual Concern, which continue to enter the Great Lakes despite being heavily regulated in Canada.

Engaging Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: Anishinabek Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project

Proponent: Henvey Inlet First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage Henvey Inlet First Nation community members in the development and implementation of a coastal wetland monitoring program that incorporates traditional knowledge. The monitoring program will include surveying of fish and plant populations as well as monitoring of nutrient concentration and water chemistry in 40 wetlands. Community participants, including youth, will take part in data collection and report back to the community on results.

Project: Neyaashiinigmiing Water Protection Program

Proponent: Chippewas of Nawash First Nation

Initiative funding: $100,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will engage community members of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in the development and implementation of a community focused water protection plan. The plan will focus on the waters of Lake Huron/Georgian Bay around the First Nation’s traditional territory. Through the project, community members will gain a greater understanding of water protection and will have opportunities to participate in water cleanup activities.

Project: Pays Plat First Nation Protecting Gitchigumi

Proponent: Pays Plat First Nation Great Lakes Protection

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $99,803 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage Pays Plat First Nation community members in the development of a database focused on Lake Superior’s nearshore waters, shorelines and wetlands in the First Nation’s traditional territory. Capturing western scientific information and traditional knowledge, the database will be a tool to help the community to identify and prepare for local environmental change over time.

Project: Walpole Island First Nation Great Lakes Protection Initiative: Phragmites Control Project

Proponent: Island Breeze Tree Service

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will engage Walpole Island First Nation community members protecting wetlands and shoreline habitats. The project will control and reduce phragmites, an invasive plant, at five locations on the First Nation’s traditional territory. Project participants will monitor the locations and assess regrowth and changes in water quality and soil conditions. Results will be shared at community events and school visits to raise awareness of the impact of phragmites on local wetlands and the importance of protecting and restoring native plants for fish and wildlife habitat.

Increasing public engagement through citizen science

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: The Great Lakes Communities Recreational Waters Monitoring Initiative

Proponent: Swim Drink Fish Canada

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $1,800,000 over 4 years

Project description: This project will engage members of the public in “citizen science”. Participants will contribute to the monitoring of Great Lakes water quality by collecting and analyzing samples from previously unmonitored local beaches to determine whether they are safe for swimming and other recreational use. The project will develop web-based tools to share water quality sampling results and other information with the public through the Swim Drink Fish Swim Guide app.

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