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Province invests over $500,000 to protect Lake Simcoe

Province invests over $500,000 to protect Lake Simcoe

BARRIE — The Ontario government is investing $581,000 in four new projects to help find ways to reduce the amount of pollutants, such as phosphorus, from entering Lake Simcoe.  

A report released by the Ontario government shows the health of Lake Simcoe is improving as a result of actions taken to protect and restore the lake and its watershed, states a release.

The 10-year report on Lake Simcoe shows the restoration of more than 15 kilometres of degraded shorelines, the planting of more than 55,000 trees and shrubs and the creation and restoration of 120 hectares of wetlands have resulted in encouraging signs of recovery, including a 50 per cent reduction in phosphorus loads from sewage treatment plants entering the watershed; a decreased amount of algae over time; and the successful reproduction of cold water fish such as lake trout, whitefish and cisco.

“Ten years ago, local environmental and conservation organizations, advocates and all levels of government came together as a community to restore the Lake Simcoe watershed, resulting in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan,” said Jeff Yurek, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, in a statement. “Today, we are celebrating the progress we have made together to protect and preserve this vital region, and I look forward to continuing this work.”

In the fall, the government is planning to invite partners and the general public to participate in a 10-year review of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan to see if it needs to be updated, adds the release.

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