9:30 p.m., Oct. 17)
Organizations tied to Ottawa River given additional funds
By Fred Sherwin
Mayor Larry O'Brien talks to members of the group Friends of
Petrie Island after presenting the organization with a cheque
for $50,000 on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/ Photo
Mayor Larry OBrien and east end councillors Bob Monette and
Rob Jellett dropped by Petrie Island on Thursday to present a pair
of cheques for $50,000 to members of the Friends of Petrie Island
and the Ottawa Riverkeepers.
The money will be used by the two groups to promote better stewardship
of the Ottawa River and the island.
of Petrie Island runs an interpretive centre on the island which educates
residents on the location's ecological importance. In doing so the
group raises awareness of the local habitat including the river and
how the river and the island interact.
Riverkeeper brings people together with a keen interest in protecting
and promoting the ecological health and diversity of the Ottawa River
and its tributaries. The organization advocates for responsible decision-making;
advances public education and participation; and ensures compliance
with protective regulations throughout the watershed.
grants to the two organizations is part of the city's effort to clean
up the Ottawa River's image and improve public awareness of the river's
importance both from an ecological and recreational stand point.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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