Saturday, December 10, 2016

Funds for Thames River phosphorous reduction

The federal and provincial governments have put $203,000 towards phosphorous-reduction initiatives along the Thames River watershed.

Farm organizations are contributing another $100,000.

It’s part of the goal to reduce phosphorous content in water entering Lake Erie by 40 per cent by 2025.

The International Joint Commission between Canada and the United States has called for increased efforts to reduce phosphorous because that starves algae which rob the lake of oxygen. That impacts all other life, including fish populations, in the lake and algae blooms foul beaches.

The aim of the funding is to reduce phosphorous runoff from farm fields and to install cost-effective treatment technologies in drainage channels before the water reaches the Thames and its tributaries.

Participating organizations and financial contributions to support the strategy have been made by the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Grain Farmers of Ontario and its Chatham chapter, the City of London, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, Blue Water Pipe Inc., and the local chapters of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture in Kent, Lambton and Middlesex.

The strategy has also received $20,000 from the founding partners, OFA and the cities initiative.