Province Invests $5 Million in Muskoka Watershed Initiative
The Ontario Government announced they are investing $5 million in a Watershed Conservation and Management Initiative to better identify risks and issues facing the Muskoka Region yesterday.
The government will also match tax-deductible donations from people and businesses to the initiative, and any funding from other levels of government, up to a total of an additional $5 million.
Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks said "The Muskoka Watershed is one of the highlights of our province and a vibrant hub of Ontario's tourism industry. This is why we are committed to working with the local community to protect it."
In the coming weeks, the government will begin forming an advisory group that will engage local organizations, municipal representatives, Indigenous communities, and the broader community to identify priority projects that could form part of this initiative.
The initiative will also respond to concerns raised by the community about projects such as the North Bala Small Hydro Project, which is proceeding, subject to a number of permits and approvals in place that require the facility to operate in the most environmentally responsible way.