Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The Scanlon Creek Restoration Project is flush with another $110,000, money that was presented this week by Peter Van Loan, the MP for York-Simcoe, so the project can be finished by 2015.

The project is to allow fish migration from Scanlon Creek to Lake Simcoe, and natural wetland restoration to encourage local flora, fauna and aquatic species to thrive.

It will provide a natural wetland habitat for more diverse wildlife in the Lake Simcoe watershed to flourish and connect local residents to wetland stewardship, education programs and recreational fishing opportunities.

One of the hopes is that brook trout will be re-established in Scanlon Creek.

"Lake Simcoe is known to have some of the best fresh water fishing in Canada," Brad Rogers, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation board vice-president, said. "We know that investing in projects like the Scanlon Creek Restoration Project will help to maintain a healthy fishery for future generations of fishers and anglers."
The Scanlon Creek Restoration Project has received $246,700 from the federal government through the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program. This is in addition to almost $60-million delivered through the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program will make as much as $10-million
available over the next two years to support recreational fisheries habitat conservation activities.
The funding for projects submitted in the first round of applications provides up to $6.5-million
for 104 projects to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate recreational fisheries habitat across the
Photo by Johanna Powell:
Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation board vice-president Brad Rogers, left, and York-Simcoe MP Peter Van Loan at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area on Sept. 17, 2013.

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