ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL FUNDING
Sources of Support
The Environment Council for Clear, Ston(e)y and White Lakes relies on three main sources of funding – private donations made through the Stony Lake Heritage Foundation, grants and donations for special projects obtained through funding programs offered by governments, corporations and foundations, and support from the property owner and cottage associations around the lakes.
The value of these grants and donations is multiplied by countless hours of volunteer time. Our entire organization is made up of volunteers and we use the funding we obtain very carefully, giving donors good value for their money.
Making a Difference
Environment Council has a busy year planned. We are going forward with our field season work plans pending decisions about safety and Trent University and Fleming College’s approval to hire students. Our plans include:
• The naturalization and protection of shorelines to reduce impacts of development, climate change, erosion and changing water levels to fish habitat and healthy ecosystem function;
• ongoing monitoring, mapping and communications on Starry Stonewort (SSW) including a partnership with Fleming College and Trent University to monitor aquatic macrophytes, including SSW;
• working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Trent Severn Waterway/Parks Canada, Ontario Invasive Plant Council and Fleming College to draft fact sheets and information on best management practices for Starry Stonewort;
• a partnership with Dr. Tom Whillans at Trent University and Ulinks to do benthic biomonitoring in Ston(e)y, White and Clear Lakes in September 2020;
• and a partnership to do turtle species at risk monitoring (pending approval of federal grant applications and COVID-19).
Your Participation is Important
We are excited about rebuilding the EC to engage youth and increase our capacity to address the many challenges we face to maintain and protect healthy lakes, but we can’t do it without you. Help support our work!