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Provincial cash aids Guelph rivers

The province is providing more than $15,000 to help Guelph protect the Eramosa and Speed rivers and their floodplains.
The $15,680 grant from the province’s Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund was announced Tuesday by local MPP Liz Sandals.
The money is going to the city’s River System’s Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. It will be used to plant trees and shrubs to help strengthen the banks along Guelph’s two rivers, which ultimately flow into Lake Erie.
“Water quality and natural resource management are top priorities for the people of Guelph,” Sandals said in a news release.
Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for Ontarians and “ensure a strong, green economy for future generations,” it said.
More than 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem, which is one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada, the release said. It said Ontario’s Great Lakes basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity, and more than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

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