In response to the 2018 Ontario budget, the WWF-Canada president and CEO Megan Leslie says:
“This is a good news budget for the Great Lakes, with much-needed funding to finally address the growing problem of increasing salinity in these world-renowned and economically imperative freshwater ecosystems. Road salt, which can’t be removed from freshwater but slowly flushes out over time, is turning the creeks and rivers that feed into the Great Lakes into marine ecosystems. We look forward to working with the government of Ontario to regulate public and private usage and move toward more environmentally friendly solutions to keep roads safe for drivers and freshwater safe for people and wildlife.
While we’re pleased to see $15 million over three years for the natural-heritage system, this is a small commitment when considering the scope nature and wildlife loss. Provincial governments have an opportunity to collectively match $500 million from the federal government over five years. We look forward to a greater investment from the Ontario government in the future for nature and wildlife protection, to build a greener economy and ensure fresh air, safe drinking water, healthy rivers and lakes for communities and industry for generations of people and wildlife to come.”
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