Kenora MP Bob Nault and the federal government have announced a $40,500 investment to the IISD – Experimental Lakes Area, with the funds set to expand the facility’s freshwater research.

“Northerners know what an absolute asset the ELA is, not only to our region, but to the global scientific community, and they are extremely proud that it is located right here in the Kenora riding,” said Nault. “With the investment, these scientists will be able to develop a unique, knowledge-based eco-tourism opportunity in the Kenora riding.”

The $40,500 in funds will join a previously-announced provincial investment of $30,000 to hire architectural services to prepare detailed designs, cost estimates and a work plan to guide the eventual construction of the ELA’s Water Science Education and Training Centre.

The new centre will allow more high school and university students to participate in a field biology program, as well as new eco-tourism opportunities. It will also adopt clean energy and green technology, and will reflect and incorporate Indigenous teachings, culture and values.

“In a time of increasing population and climate changes, the unique and ground-breaking research at IISD-ELA is more critical than ever,” said Matt McCandless, executive director of the IISD-ELA.

“The construction of our Water Science Education and Training Centre will help us further our research and advance our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, while welcoming and educating local communities on the health of fresh water.”

Nault’s announcement was made on behalf of Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The provincial government has also pledged up to $2 million annually for ongoing freshwater research. The facility will also see investments from the petroleum industry, as researchers continue to study the impact of oil spills on freshwater lakes.

IISD-ELA is the only place on earth where researchers can experiment on over 50 real lakes and watersheds to discover the long-term impact of human activities. For the last 50 years, those lakes and researchers have taught us what causes algal blooms; what acid rain, mercury, dams and oil spills do to fresh water; and much more.

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