Projects funded by the Great Lakes Protection Initiative

Restoring Great Lakes areas of concern

Fiscal year 2020 to 2021

Project: Detroit River Fish Habitat Creation and Wetland Restoration

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $326,500 over 2 years

Project description: This project will create a calm water embayment to provide critical spawning and nursery habitat for fish and advance progress on the clean up of a degraded wetland in the Detroit River Area of Concern.

Project: Enhancing Aquatic Habitat at Tommy Thompson Park

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $145,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will restore 4.26 hectares of nearshore aquatic habitat at Tommy Thompson Park in the Toronto and Region Area of Concern.

Project: Niagara River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Proponent: Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $140,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will facilitate inter-agency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous involvement to support the clean up of the Niagara River Area of Concern.

Project: Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan Governance

Proponent: Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $190,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support activities to address water quality issues in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern and advance work under the Bay of Quinte Phosphorus Management Plan.

Project: Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Governance

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $165,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support inter-agency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous involvement to support the clean up of the Detroit River Area of Concern.

Project: Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan Governance

Proponent: Halton Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $205,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will facilitate inter-agency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous involvement to support the clean up of the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern. It will coordinate actions to address issues such as the decline of wildlife populations, fish, bird and animal deformities, as well as beach closings.

Project: Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan Governance

Proponent: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $290,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will facilitate inter-agency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous involvement to support the clean up of the Toronto and Region Area of Concern.

Project: Bay of Quinte Remedial Stormwater Management Implementation

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

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

Project description: This project will help clean up the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern by promoting best practices for managing stormwater with local governments.

Project: Community Engagement of Aamjiwnaang First Nation in the Restoration of Beneficial Uses and Decision Making for the St. Clair and Detroit River Areas of Concern

Proponent: Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $45,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will support community engagement in decision making  on the status of phyto- and zooplankton populations, drinking water as well as fish and wildlife populations, habitat and restrictions on their consumption, in the St. Clair and Detroit River Areas of Concern.

Project: Community Engagement of Caldwell First Nation in the Restoration of Beneficial Uses and Decision Making for the Detroit River Area of Concern

Proponent: Caldwell First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $15,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will support community engagement in decision making on the status of phyto- and zooplankton populations and restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption in the Detroit River Area of Concern.

Project: St. Marys River Whitefish Island Fish Habitat Improvement and Restoration Plan

Proponent: Batchewana First Nation Natural Resources Department

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

Project description: This project will advance a project to improve fish habitat in the St. Marys River Area of Concern.

Project: Jackfish Bay Environmental Recovery Review

Proponent: Pays Plat First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $20,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will support Pays Plat First Nation’s review of monitoring data for the Jackfish Bay Area of Concern in Recovery, and facilitate community outreach and engagement on the findings.

Project: Monitoring Nutrient (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) and Bacterial Contamination in the Chedoke and Red Hill Creek Watersheds

Proponent: Redeemer University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $25,655 over 2 years

Project description: This project will monitor sewage contamination and track sources of pollution in the Chedoke Creek and Red Hill Creek watersheds in the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern.

Project: Assessing the Status of the Degradation of Aesthetics Beneficial Use Impairment in Hamilton Harbour

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

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $25,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will assess the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern for noticeable signs of degraded water quality.

Project: Phase 2: Current River Delta Rehabilitation Project

Proponent: Thunder Bay District Environmental Stewardship Council

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $38,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will advance efforts to clean up degraded riparian shoreline habitat at two sites around the mouth of the Current River in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern.

Project: Stream Restoration and Wetland Rehabilitation at Fine Papers Site

Proponent: Lakehead University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $38,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will develop design options for creating new riparian and wetland habitat and restoring stream and coastal habitat along the shores of the Thunder Bay Area of Concern.

Project: McVicar Creek Naturalization

Proponent: City of Thunder Bay

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $12,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will improve riparian habitat along McVicar Creek in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern by removing invasive Himalayan balsam and planting native vegetation.

Project: St. Marys River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Proponent: Algoma University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $45,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will facilitate inter-agency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous involvement in the clean up of the St. Marys River Area of Concern.

Project: Current River Fish Passage Assessment

Proponent: North Shore Steelhead Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $14,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will review and develop design options for improving the fish-passage connection between Thunder Bay and cold-water fish spawning habitat in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern.

Project: Thunder Bay and Jackfish Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Proponent: Lakehead University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $45,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will facilitate inter-agency collaboration as well as stakeholder and Indigenous involvement in the clean up of the Thunder Bay Area of Concern and monitoring the Jackfish Bay Area of Concern in Recovery.

Project: Assessment of Fish Consumption Restrictions and Community Engagement

Proponent: Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $15,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will advance efforts to assess restrictions on fish consumption in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern and will ensure Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are involved in the assessment and decision making processes.

Project: Community Engagement of Walpole Island First Nation in the Restoration of Beneficial Uses and Decision Making for the St. Clair and Detroit River Areas of Concern.

Proponent: Walpole Island First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $55,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will develop community engagement plans as well as support  decision making on the status of fish and wildlife populations and habitat as well as drinking water in the St. Clair River and Detroit River Areas of Concern.

Project: Bay of Quinte Long-Term Monitoring Project

Proponent: Quinte Conservation Association

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $59,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will monitor water quality in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern and will track progress toward meeting the long-term targets of the Bay of Quinte Phosphorus Management Plan.

Project: Removal of Phosphorus Runoff from Agricultural Lands in the Napanee and Wilton Creek Watersheds

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $85,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will use information from past modelling and monitoring efforts to implement phosphorus reduction technology in hot spots in the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern, and will aim to meet the long-term targets of the Bay of Quinte Phosphorus Management Plan.

Project: Invasive Species Management and Water Quality Planning in the Hamilton Harbour Great lakes Areas of Concern

Proponent: Royal Botanical Gardens

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $53,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will help restore fish habitat and address algae issues in the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern and will examine ways to better protect the coastal wetland habitat.

Project: Hamilton Harbour Watershed Stewardship Project

Proponent: Hamilton Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $82,516 over 2 years

Project description: This project will help improve water quality and habitat in the Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern by implementing projects that reduce phosphorus and stormwater from entering Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise Marsh.

Project: Building Buffers on the Niagara River Area of Concern

Proponent: Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

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

Project description: This project will improve shoreline habitat, and fish and wildlife populations in the Niagara River Area of Concern by adding native plants to create a natural buffer along the Niagara River shoreline.

Project: A Long-term Outreach, Restoration, and Monitoring Strategy to Improve Watershed Health

Proponent: Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $80,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will select, design and implement watershed specific projects on private lands to improve water quality in the watersheds and nearshore areas of the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern.

Project: Confederation College Riparian Habitat Rehabilitation

Proponent: Confederation College

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $75,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will help improve water quality and ecosystem health in the Thunder Bay Area of Concern by cleaning up existing and creating new habitat along the McIntyre River.

Project: St. Lawrence River (Cornwall) Remedial Action Plan Governance

Proponent: St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $86,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will facilitate interagency collaboration, and stakeholder and Indigenous engagement on the clean up of the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern, as well as advance work under the Cornwall Sediment Strategy.

Project: Community Engagement on the Assessment of Fish Consumption Restrictions

Proponent: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $60,167 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage Mohawks of Akwesasne community members in assessing restrictions on fish consumption in the St. Lawrence River Area 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 2020 to 2021

Project: Wetlands for Reduction of Lake Erie Nutrients

Proponent: Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $229,915 over 2 years.

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loadings to Lake Erie, which cause toxic and nuisance algae, by constructing 23 wetlands in priority areas. The wetlands will capture and store nutrient runoff from upstream agricultural land, reducing the amount entering the lake.

Project: Advancing Nonpoint Source Phosphorus Reduction in the Nith River Watershed

Proponent: Grand River Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $157,103 over 2 years.

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loadings to Lake Erie, which cause toxic and nuisance algae, by implementing agricultural best practices in the Grand River watershed for reducing nutrient pollution.

Project: Thames River Watershed Demonstration Farm and Cover Crops Initiative for Phosphorus Reduction

Proponent: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $145,800 over 2 years.

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loadings to Lake Erie, which cause toxic and nuisance algae, by creating a demonstration farm in the Thames River Watershed to display innovative best practices to reduce nutrient loads, and communicate results with farmers. The project will also reduce nutrient loads to Lake Erie by establishing a program to promote the uptake of cover crops with local farmers.  

Project: Lower Thames Valley Cover Crop Program

Proponent: Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $272,771 over 2 years.

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loadings to Lake Erie, which cause toxic and nuisance algae, by providing farmers in the Lower Thames Valley watershed with technical support and incentives to increase their use of best practices, including cover crops.

Project: Testing and Demonstration of MagPi to Recover Phosphorus From Animal Manures

Proponent: Muddy River Technologies, Inc.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $200,000 over 2 years.

Project description: This project will use an innovative nutrient recovery technology  on test farms in the Lake Erie basin, to extract nutrients from animal manure and turn it into a slow-release fertilizer that can be applied to agricultural lands.

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 reduce nutrient loads to Lake Erie that cause toxic and nuisance algae by implementing a plan to manage nutrients in the Sydenham River watershed and supporting activities that engage the community in adopting best practices. 

Project: Development of a Phosphorus Management Plan for Essex Region

Proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

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

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loads to Lake Erie that cause toxic and nuisance algae by implementing a plan to manage nutrients in the Essex Region and supporting activities that engage the community in adopting best practices. 

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: Development of a Sydenham River Watershed Phosphorus Management Plan

Proponent: St. Clair Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will reduce nutrient loads to Lake Erie that cause toxic and nuisance algae by identifying best practices for the Sydenham River watershed. The project will support activities that engage landowners and stakeholders in adopting best practices.

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.

Fiscal year 2017 to 2018

Project: Conservation of Natural Heritage to Improve Water Quality in the Lake Erie Watershed

Project proponent: Six Nations of the Grand River

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: 22,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will engage Six Nations of the Grand River in restoring and protecting natural areas, such as wetlands, to reduce nutrient loads entering the Grand River and Lake Erie.

Project: Targeting Phosphorus Reductions in the Grand River Watershed

Project proponent: Grand River Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $70,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will map the areas that contribute the highest nutrient loads to Lake Erie from the Grand River, and identify best practices to reduce nutrient loads for the Grand River watershed.

Project: Targeting Phosphorus Reductions in Essex Region

Project proponent: Essex Region Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $65,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will map the areas that contribute the highest nutrient loads to Lake Erie from Essex Region and identify best practices to reduce nutrient loads for the Essex Region.

Project: Targeting Phosphorus Reductions in the Lower Thames Valley Watershed

Project proponent: Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $75,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will map the areas that contribute the highest nutrient loads to Lake Erie from the Thames River and identify best practice to reduce nutrient loads for the Thames River watershed. The project will also engage the community and agricultural sector on actions to reduce nutrient loads from their lands.

Project: Targeting Phosphorus Reductions in the Upper Thames River Watershed

Project proponent: Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $85,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will identify and promote best practices to reduce nutrient loads from the Thames River to Lake Erie.

Reducing releases of harmful chemicals

Fiscal year 2020 to 2021

Project: Removing Sources of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Chemicals of Mutual Concern from the Great Lakes

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $99,918 over 2 years

Project description: This project aims to reduce Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and Long-chain Perfluorocarboxylic Acids (LC-PFCAs), designated as Chemicals of Mutual Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, from entering the Great Lakes through consumer products. This project will identify consumer products containing these chemicals, estimate the amount of these chemicals that could enter the lakes through these products, and engage stakeholders on impacts.

Project: Feasibility Study of Granular Activated Carbon to Reduce Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid Emissions from Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $97,440 over 2 years

Project description: This project will assess the use of activated carbon in municipal wastewater treatment plants to prevent Perfluorooctanesulfonic and Perfluorooctanoic acids from entering the Great Lakes.

Project: Mitigating the Release of Long-chain Perfluorocarboxylic Acids in Leachates: Analysis, Removal, Fate and Transport

Proponent: York University

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $91,450 over 2 years

Project description: This project will advance efforts to reduce the release of Long-chain Perfluorocarboxylic Acids in landfills.

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 2020 to 2021

Project: Deshkan Ziibiing Agricultural Management Plan

Proponent: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $36,575 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support Chippewas of the Thames First Nation efforts to manage agricultural activities on their land, collect data, and promote best practices to reduce phosphorus loadings to the Thames River.

Project: Expanded Anishinabek Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project

Proponent: Henvey Inlet First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $99,431 over 2 years

Project description: This project will expand on the First Nation’s existing coastal wetland monitoring program, delivered in partnership with McMaster University. It will focus on monitoring fish habitat in coastal marshes, as well as the movements and habitat use of Blanding’s turtles.

Project: Development of the Shawanaga First Nation Aquatic Monitoring Program

Proponent: Shawanaga First Nation Band Number 17

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $94,749 over 2 years

Project description: This project will develop an aquatic monitoring program to assess the impacts of pollution, excess nutrient loads, and climate change on the Great Lakes environment. It will also develop community capacity to protect the local watershed as well as support delivery of the First Nation’s walleye fishery and hatchery programs.

Project: Protecting Gitchigumi

Proponent: Pays Plat First Nation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $99,431 over 2 years

Project description: This project will conduct sampling of water, soil and sediment as well as monitoring on the Pays Plat First Nation's Traditional Territory on Lake Superior. The goal is to establish baseline data to help signal future risks facing native species.

Project: Chiefs of Ontario Building Capacity for Work on the Great Lakes

Proponent: Chiefs of Ontario

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $400,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support the engagement of First Nations on Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health issues, including issues of cultural and traditional importance.

Project: Métis Nation of Ontario Capacity Building for Work on the Great Lakes

Proponent: Métis Nation of Ontario

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $250,000 over 2 years

Project description: This project will support Métis engagement on Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health issues, including issues of cultural and traditional importance.

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.

Fiscal year 2017 to 2018

Project: Implementation of the Canadian Lake St. Clair Management Plan

Project proponent: Walpole Island First Nation

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

Project description: This project will support the engagement of Walpole Island First Nation on water quality monitoring and activities to clean up Lake St. Clair.

Project: Canada – Chiefs of Ontario Capacity Building for work on the Great Lakes

Project proponent: Chiefs of Ontario

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $575,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will support the engagement of First Nations on Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health issues, including issues of cultural and traditional importance.

Project: Canada – Métis Nation of Ontario Capacity Building for work on the Great Lakes

Project proponent: Métis Nation of Ontario

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $360,000 over 3 years

Project description: This project will support Métis engagement on Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health issues, including issues of cultural and traditional importance.

Increasing public engagement through citizen science

Fiscal year 2020 to 2021
Project: Engaging Citizens and Citizen Science in Western Lake Ontario: Plastic Trash on the Waterfront

Proponent: The Governing Council of the University of Toronto

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $100,000 over 2 years
Project description: This project will engage stakeholders, the public and citizen scientists on the clean up of plastics and trash along the western Lake Ontario waterfront.

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.

Working together

Fiscal year 2018 to 2019

Project: AquaHacking Evaluation Framework

Proponent: de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $25,000 over 1 year

Project description: This project will support the review and development of technical and innovative solutions to tackle water quality issues and engage youth on water challenges in Canada.

Project: The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Collaborative Strategy

Proponent: Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Great Lakes Protection Initiative funding: $399,980 over 2 years

Project description: This project will engage a range of sectors to review four Great Lakes and St. Lawrence water issues (climate change, harmful pollutants, nutrients and pollution of beaches) and provide solutions for advancing progress on these issues.

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