Stratford awarded $4,000
The Town of Stratford and the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group have $4,000 to use towards protecting the waterways in and around the town.
The RBC Blue Water Project awarded a grant to the town as part of its program promoting stewardship and environmental research by local residents, schools and organizations.
“The Town of Stratford recognizes the tremendous importance of our water and is committed to respecting this natural resource entrusted to us for present and future generations,” said Mayor David Dunphy in a news release. “Our staff, with the help of the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group, work very hard to educate and offer opportunities for youth and adults to learn more about their local waterways in an interactive and hands-on approach.”
A new program dubbed the Waterways WaterWatchers Program, will help Stratford residents become stewards of their local creeks, streams, ponds and wetlands. Community members will be engaged in water-related activities such as collecting and analyzing water quality samples from local waterways, planting of native trees and shrubs throughout riparian zones and participation in stream restoration alongside watershed summer staff.
Stewardship extends beyond efficient water use; these partners are helping residents move towards contributing to the responsible, sustainable management of this precious natural resource. Providing the background knowledge, equipment, training, and resources to help residents learn about their local water bodies will instill a sense of pride, responsibility and long-term stewardship that will extend far beyond even the length of this project.
The RBC Blue Water Project provides critical funding to a variety of national, regional and communitybased projects around the world. The Town of Stratford and watershed group will continue to encourage more residents to participate in environmental endeavours in the community.