The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is receiving $50,000 from the Ontario government through the , which has been created to help protect and restore the Great Lakes.

The funding was officially announced during a news conference in Tiny Township on Aug. 13. Here are five quotes from the event:

1. “The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity — supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism. This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities — building a better future for clean, green growth.” — David Piccini, environment, conservation and parks minister

2. “Agriculture is a significant part of the landscape of the Severn Sound watershed and, in particular, the rural economy in our member townships. Grants like this one make it possible for farmers and the SSEA to work together to improve soil health and optimize their use of nutrients while protecting ground and surface water.” — Steffen Walma, chair of the SSEA board

3. “This funding allows local organizations like the SSEA to make environmental impacts to protect the group of lakes that makes up Severn Sound. Connecting farming community with soil health experts is essential to improve soil conditions for the future health of Severn Sound.” — Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North

4. “Farmers are stewards of the land and the soil and this project will enable different practices to improve soil health and optimize nutrient use. Together, we will protect our watershed and ultimately Severn Sound.” — Julie Cayley, executive director of the SSEA

5. “Soil health is critical to the health of our crops, our farm business and our families. As farmers, we know first-hand how important it is to keep valuable nutrients and soil on the land and out of our water. These types of grants and working with our partners at SSEA are important to enhancing best management practices such as on-site nitrogen testing and variable rate nutrient applications.” — Paul Maurice, Tiny Township farmer and owner of Monpiero Farm