TOWNSHIP OF KING- An exciting new environmental program has been launched called “Adopt-A-Stream” thanks to a $165, 300 grant Ontario Streams received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation last October. The initiative has been designed to raise environmental awareness and engage the public and area businesses in local stewardship. Local MPP Dr. Helena Jaczek and Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Paul Howe joined staff and Board of Directors from Ontario Streams, which is heading up the initiative, for the launch Wednesday morning at the Cawthra Mulock Nature Reserve.
"Ontario Streams has done a great job in raising awareness and engaging the public in the importance of environmental stewardship. This Trillium grant will allow them to continue the great work they do for our community and for our environment," said Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham.
With this three-year grant, Ontario Streams is now actively seeking out 25 partnerships and Adopt-A-Stream groups within the first year of the initiative to spread environmental awareness and education throughout communities in York Region and Simcoe County. Funds from the grant are being used to hire a Program Coordinator, help with key program costs and to help with the cost of equipment for staff.
"Today starts a new chapter in Environmental Stewardship in Ontario. In three years we are confident that we will be announcing the expansion of the Program across Ontario, thus fulfilling the "Ontario" Streams mandate. We must all remember the adage, „We all live downstream!? " said Bob Giza, an Ontario Streams Board Member and co-founder of the Adopt-A-Stream program.
Established in 1995, Ontario Streams is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservation and rehabilitation of streams and wetlands, through education and community involvement. Since its inception, it has worked closely with numerous communities, landowners and school groups to develop lasting partnerships in education and environmental stewardship. It regularly has several projects on the go which include tree planting, debris and garbage clean-up, habitat creation, bio-engineering, biological monitoring, mitigating fish barriers as well as restoring and creating wetlands.
For more information on Ontario Streams, please visit the website at: www.ontariostreams.on.ca
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca
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