Aug. 19, 2014 — The federal government will provide up to $77,000 to the Drainage Investment Group to conserve fish habitat in the Holland River, Peter Van Loan, MP for York-Simcoe, has announced.
The money will be used to improve fish habitat along the West Holland River through the design and construction of littoral shelves — shallow areas planted with vegetation to filter pollution out of water going into the canals along the Holland Marsh.
As the amount of sediment and phosphorus going into the canals and the West Holland River goes down, the water quality in Lake Simcoe will improve.
The funding is part of the second round under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, which was announced in the federal Economic Action Plan in 2013 to support fisheries habitat restoration projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations.
As a result of its early success and high demand, an additional investment in the 2014 Economic Action Plan increased the funding available through the program to a total investment of $25-million.
“Our government is committed to the protection and clean-up of Lake Simcoe and the surrounding watershed," Van Loan said. "Today we have taken yet another step to support the individuals and organizations who are working to help the lake. Recreational fishing in Lake Simcoe is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and residents. It builds an appreciation of the value of our local environment. This project will benefit our community for years to come.”