The Georgian Bay Preservation Alliance (GBPA) and the Township of Georgian Bay announced March 23 that the township “has received $478,000 in funding from the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) through the Wetlands Conservation Partner Program (WCPP). The WCPP is a great initiative to help preserve Ontario’s wetlands by working with environmental preservation groups and deploying support to where it needs to go, like Georgian Bay.
“This follows months of GBPA advocacy and effort in working with MECP to help preserve the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere. The Township of Georgian Bay then drafted a plan in coordination with the MECP. The funding will go towards critical projects administered by partners such as Georgian Bay Forever, Georgian Bay Land Trust, Sustainable Severn, Sound, Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere, and Invasive Phragmites Control.
“This funding is a critical step towards ensuring that the wetlands and waterways that feed Georgian Bay are well looked after, which will ensure a positive environmental impact for years to come. We, the GBPA and the Township of Georgian Bay, thank MECP again for their support and we look forward to what our partner organizations are able to accomplish this year through this funding.”
The GBPA is “a not-for-profit corporation that provides residents, cottagers, and Canadians a voice and platform from which we can advocate on issues to promote a balanced approach to protecting Georgian Bay.”
“I am very appreciative of the work being undertaken by these organizations,” Chief Rhonda Williams-Lovett of Moose Deer Point First Nation state in the announcement. “Their efforts will most definitely be visible on the lands by our local marina and the waterways and roadways around our community. We are proudly working together with the Township of Georgian Bay to continue to build a prosperous and healthy environment for the lands around us.”