Province Funding Projects in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock to Help Protect the Great Lakes

The Ontario government is investing $94,500 for two local projects in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock to help protect and improve the Great Lakes.

“This is a great initiative to support local projects that protect and restore coastal, shoreline and nearshore areas of the Great Lakes,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

These projects are part of 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund.

“The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity – supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities – building a better future for clean, green growth.”

Organization Name

Project Name

Project Description

Funding Amount

Haliburton County Community Co-operative

Tri-Region Community-Based Benthos Biomonitoring Project

Creating a sustainable, citizen-based model of benthos biomonitoring in the Haliburton, Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes areas to identify early indicators of lake issues.


Kawartha Conservation

Enhancing nearshore water quality and aquatic plant management in the Kawartha Lakes, Lake Ontario Drainage Basin

Improve water quality and aquatic plant management through citizen science and implementing cost-effective recommendations to improve nearshore conditions along waterfronts.


Supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in our plan to protect our land, air and water.  



  • Ontario launched a call for applications for the Great Lakes Local Action Fund in the fall of 2020.
  • 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world.
  • 95 per cent of the province’s agricultural lands are in the basin of the Great Lakes.