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  • January 21, 2014

Helping Guelph Protect the Great Lakes

Ontario Supports Local Action to Keep Lakes Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable

Ontario is helping Guelph’s River Systems Advisory Committee protect the Eramosa and Speed Rivers with a $15,680 grant from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.

The River Systems Advisory Committee will plant trees and shrubs to help strengthen the banks along the Eramosa and Speed Rivers, which ultimately flow into Lake Erie.

Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is part of the Ontario government’s plan to enhance quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a strong, green economy for future generations.


“Congratulations to the River Systems Advisory Committee who is helping protect the Eramosa and Speed Rivers, improving Guelph’s environment and helping protect the Great Lakes. Water quality and natural resource management are top priorities for the people of Guelph.”

Hon. Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“The City’s River System’s Advisory Committee is delighted to be receiving the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant in partnership with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group. This funding will enable the City to work closely with the community to enhance the Eramosa and Speed rivers and their floodplains.”

Adèle Labbe, Staff Liaison, 
 River Systems Advisory Committee / Environmental Planner, City of Guelph


  • More than 4,000 species of plants, fish and wildlife live in the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem – it’s one of the most biologically rich regions in Canada.
  • More than 80 per cent of Ontarians get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes basin is home to 40 per cent of Canada’s economic activity.
  • Ontario’s Great Lakes form the longest freshwater coastline in the world, stretching more than 11,000 kilometres.
  • The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund will be announcing its third call for applications during winter 2014.


Learn about Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy.

Learn about the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund

Get information about Lake Erie.

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For more information, Contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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