By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - St. Lawrence River scientists received a major cash injection that will help local researchers share knowledge with other experts about the state of our local waterway.
River Institute summer student, Sara Brand.
The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences received $25,000 in grant support for their 'Diving into Science' program.
It took six months and 13 million votes, but the river institute is one of 31 environmental agencies to receive a combined $1 million from the Shell FuellingChange Program.
"This funding is especially exciting because it represents support from our community,” said Dr. Jeff Ridal, executive director of the institute.
The 'Diving into Science’ program integrates the community with working research scientists. Environmental scientists deliver workshop-based programs with schools and community groups on a variety of topics including fish ecology, aquatic invertebrates, water quality, genetics, biodiversity and bats.
Each of the program's workshops gives participants an opportunity to become involved in ongoing research projects at the institute.
"Hands-on activities engage participants in real environmental work, and promote awareness of the impact of human activities on the local ecosystem," said Ridal.