by Jake Romphf,

Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

The federal government has announced funding of $1.06 million over three years for 10 projects aiming to help restore and protect the Great Lakes.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the announcement at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington on Aug. 7. The funds are part of the $44.84 million the government added to the Great Lakes Protection Initiative in its 2017 federal budget.

McKenna said the Great Lakes provide drinking water for one in four Canadians, hold 20 per cent of the world’s surface fresh water and sustain more than 3,500 species.

“The water is part of who we are,” McKenna said. “We need to be protecting this water.”

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