The Federal Government's $30 million Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund allocated funds to the first group of projects approved. Thirty six projects will receive a total of $1.9 million.

On July 18, 2008, Government representatives announced that the Kitchener Park Naturalization Project in Orillia would receive $30,000 as one of the approved projects. This project aims to reduce phosphorous inputs into the lake by planting a shoreline buffer. The buffer will discourage geese from entering the park area and will create a filtering system for run-off from the Park. It will also aid in preventing erosion by stabilizing the shoreline.

The second round of proposals for funding will be sought in the Fall of 2008. For more information please see:www.ec.gc.ca/lakesimcoe