Engaging stakeholders in protecting Central Algoma watershedsTuesday, September 17, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
CENTRAL ALGOMA FRESHWATER COALITIUON
DESBARATS, ON - Mr. Michael Mantha, Member of Provincial Parliament for Algoma-Manitoulin, will be making an official funding announcement with Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition Chair Mrs. Edith Orr on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 a.m .at the Johnson Township Community Centre in Desbarats, Ontario.
The Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition (CAFC) will be receiving funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, to engage local stakeholders in becoming effective in the implementation of sustainable water resource planning initiatives.
The Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition is a grassroots not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection, improvement and restoration of watersheds throughout the Central Algoma Region – a region that stretches from the easterly boundary of Sault Ste. Marie to the easterly boundary of the Municipality of Huron Shores, including St. Joseph Island.
The two-year OTF-funded project will be an expansion of the pilot project – The Restoration of Stobie Creek – and will be instrumental in CAFC taking the lead in protecting, improving and restoring not only lakes, but also the connecting watersheds in the area.
To assist with this initiative, CAFC has hired Victoria Thomas as watershed management facilitator to be the central link to all the planning, coordinating, and the implementation of restoration projects, public outreach events, and research studies.
The funding will not only assist in the continued and ongoing testing and monitoring of local watersheds but also to build volunteer capacity, empower residents, visitors, individuals and groups, as well as develop partnerships with governing bodies.
This key component will ensure the future sustainability and protection of our water resources.
“The watershed facilitator position is integral to engaging local stakeholder in becoming effective in the implementation of sustainable water resource planning and initiatives for the protection of local waterways. Protecting these vital resources is the right thing to do now and for future generations. The benefits of improved water quality and greater biodiversity will also contribute to improvements and protection of the Great Lakes. We are excited about this opportunity to make a difference,” said Orr.
“We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the province; I am pleased to see Ontario Trillium Foundation supporting an organization committed to protecting watersheds in the region. With this two-year funding, the Central Algoma Freshwater Coalition will continue their project aimed at the protection, restoration, public outreach and research of watersheds. I look forward to learning more about their important work,” noted Mantha.
Please join us for this fantastic announcement and show your support for CAFC and our local watersheds.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the positive effects CAFC has had since its formation in 2007, the projects currently being undertaken, as well as goals and initiatives that will be achieved in the future.
If you are interested in being involved with CAFC, there are many ways to do so and we will be more than happy to discuss these opportunities with you.