River Institute gets money for mercury monitoring

CORNWALL – The St. Lawrence River Institute has received just over $402,000 to continue monitoring the river for mercury.

The focus is on fish, sediment and industrial sites as part of post-cleanup in the St. Lawrence River area of concern.

About 80 kilometers of the river from the Moses Saunders Dam to Lake St. Francis was deemed an area of concern by Canadian and U.S. officials along with the International Joint Commission (IJC) in 1987.

The money will also help the institute study Lake Sturgeon and Eel alongside the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

The money is part of $6 million for 30 Great Lakes preservation community projects announced by the Ontario government today.