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Growing funds for river and salmon conservation projects

By Ancelene MacKinnon/Journal Pioneer  

Two Prince County groups that work to conserve rivers and wild Atlantic salmon on the Island are receiving funds raised by the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission and the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation.

The P.E.I. Wildlife Federation Central Queens Branch carrying out gravel bed restoration in 2013.

The Richmond Bay Watershed Association will be given $7,107 for its Grassroots Conservation in Action Project. As well, the Prince County Chapter of Trout Unlimited will see $18,000 for the third installment of its Mill River salmon enhancement project.

On Earth Day, April 22, the PEILCC and the foundation announced there was $85,107 available in funding for six groups. Five of the six projects will be completed over the course of three years.

Stephen Chase, the executive director of the ASCF, said the funding is made possible thanks to its five-year agreement with the PEILCC. They have a goal of raising $100,000 and 2013 was the third year they have been doing this.

Chase said the ASCF is a federally funded trust fund that assists eligible groups, and each year, the groups apply to them for money.

He said having partnered with the PEILCC has proven to be a success.

“It works really well. It’s a wonderful partnership,” said Chase.

He said every October, the liquor stores recruit product suppliers to donate money to the cause, titled, ‘Island Rivers - Worth Protecting.’

He said the groups that are receiving the funding are doing outstanding work.

“It demonstrates communities are taking charge of protecting their environment. We hope to be able to help them out for many years to come.”

Jamie MacLeod, director of corporate services with the PEILCC, said they enjoy helping to fund numerous projects.

MacLeod said they are thankful to the 24 suppliers because every time one of the 133 products was purchased, a portion went to the watershed enhancement fundraising. 

He said they’re fairly confident they will reach their $100,000 goal.

“It looks like we’re going to meet that or come very close to it.”

MacLeod agrees the partnership they and ASCF share works well because the funds they collectively raise reflect that.

“We’re very pleased with the results and we look forward to working with them for the next two years.”

Organizations: Richmond Bay Watershed Association, Prince County Chapter

Geographic location: Mill River

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