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RBC Blue Water Project provides $25K to conservation research organization


June 6, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Cambridge/North Dumfries, Ont. – On June 2, the Rare Charitable Research Reserve celebrated RBC Blue Water Day as the Royal Bank of Canada presented a cheque to the organization to further their conservation efforts in water quality.

The $25,000 in funding from RBC Blue Water Project will help the organization strengthen monitoring and management of its surface and ground water resources, and educate on small-stream conservation and stewardship, in a project that addresses water problems in sustainability of water quality in the urban landscape, RBC said in a news release.

The grant aims to assist conservation efforts by expanding its regular monitoring program to include regular benthic invertebrate and water chemistry sampling in all three streams, and provide equipment to allow basic chemical and hydrological monitoring within the organization. With opportunities to partner with labs at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University, water quality will be assessed to support conservation around water in the community and schools.

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Benthic invertebrates, organisms that live in or on the bottom of water courses such as rivers and streams, are highly affected by environmental conditions, the release said. Their presence, type, and quantities, are strong clues about the water quality of the aquatic environment being sampled and therefore of the surrounding landscape’s ecological integrity.

The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year, $50 million commitment to provide drinkable, fishable, swimmable water now, and for future generations.