River Institute Secures Ontario Trillium Grant

October 15, 2020
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontaario  – The River Institute has secured a grant of $41,000 from the  Ontario Trillium Foundation.

River Institute - Cornwall - Boat

The grant was used to purchase a new boat with sonar GPS for the River Institute’s environmental research, monitoring, and education programs. A staff contest settled a name for the new boat, called Macromia, after a genus of large dragonflies commonly known as ‘river cruisers’.

“The River Institute boat is essential for our projects that contribute to research and conservation, habitat protection, species at risk, and ecosystem health,” syas Dr. Jeff Ridal, River Institute Executive Director. “Many of our research and monitoring programs encompass the entire Upper St. Lawrence River region from Kingston to the Ontario-Quebec border. ‘Macromia’ is used extensively for conservation and monitoring projects that also incorporate field training and experience for students and volunteers.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital grant was acknowledged on October 7 prior to the River Institute’s Science and Nature Untapped virtual speaker series.

“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, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $114 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

About the River Institute

The River Institute was established in 1994 as a unique community partnership involving the City of Cornwall, government, education, business and industry, and the Mohawks of Akwesasne. Its mandate is environmental research and education with a focus on the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River ecosystem. As a non-profit charitable organization, the River Institute raises its own funds for all essential costs, including salarie, administration, overhead, and operations. Grants, sponsorships, and donations provide specific funding for research and special projects, together with unrestricted contributions from individual donors and River Champions.

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