CORNWALL – A much-needed capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation was announced October 7th for the St. Lawrence River Institute.
The $41,000 grant, one of the largest received by the SLRI, was used to purchase a new boat for the environmental research institute.
“The boat is essential for our projects that contribute to research and conservation, habitat protection, and ecosystem health,” said Dr. Jeff Ridal, SLRI executive director. “Many of our research and monitoring programs encompass the entire upper St. Lawrence River region from Kingston to the Ontario-Quebec border.”
The boat, named “Macromia” by staff, is equipped with a sonar-based GPS system to assist the SLRI with its research, monitoring, and educational programs.
A new boat was needed by the SLRI, as two of the three boats that made up its fleet were stolen this summer.
“I am pleased to see that this funding helps enable the River Institute to continue its important work in monitoring, protecting, conservation and ecosystem health of the St. Lawrence River,” said Jim McDonell, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Member of Provincial Parliament.
The SLRI was started in 1994 as a partnership between Cornwall, SDG Counties, other levels of government and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne with a mandate of environmental research and education.