Almost $280,000 for two SD&G agencies for water studies

The front entrance to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority at 18045 County Road 2 in South Glengarry, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Two environmental agencies in SD&G are getting almost $280,000 combined from the provincial government to carry out various water studies.

Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced Friday nearly $7.5 million for projects to improve the Great Lakes system.

The Raisin Region Conservative Authority received $40,000. There is $10,000 to assess the habitat of Pattingale Creek, northeast of Lancaster. Another $30,000 will go toward projects to improve conditions of local waterways.

The St. Lawrence River Institute got $239,875. The lion’s share of that – $120,700 – is for the St. Lawrence River Water Quality Sensor Network. Another $40,675 is for a surface sediment study along “shallow, nearshore areas” and a further $78,500 goes to administration and support for addressing the St. Lawrence River Area of Concern (AOC).

The area was designated an AOC in 1985 by the International Joint Commission, due to higher levels of environmental damage because of human activity.

There were 65 Great Lakes projects across Ontario announced Friday.