New deal ensures monitoring of Sudbury area ecosystems 

Photo: Laurentian University’s Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit is receiving supports from Vale to monitor Sudbury area eco-systems. Photo provided

By Rosalind Russell – Vale Base Metals has committed to a five-year funding agreement with Laurentian University to support long-term monitoring of Sudbury area ecosystems. 

The Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre at Laurentian University will receive $960,000 over the next five years.  

According to the release, there is a partnership between the university and the province, which works with local mining companies to assess emission reduction programs. 

Since 1997, the scientists and students at the CFEU have been working with local mining companies (Vale, SINO Glencore) and government partners to assess the effectiveness of atmospheric emission reduction programs in recovering Sudbury area aquatic ecosystems and watersheds.

“We’re very grateful to receive this funding from our long-term partners at Vale,” says Dr. Jackie Litzgus, Director of CFEU at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre. “This support will go a long way to foster research at Laurentian and to leverage additional support many times over.”

The work of the CFEU assists industry and government partners in measuring the success of their remedial and conservation actions, helping them set realistic targets for restoration. Vale has been a long-time staunch supporter of the CFEU, a team internationally recognized for its research in freshwater restoration.

“Research of this caliber is critical to allow industry to make informed decisions on sustainability initiatives. Vale is proud to continue supporting this important partnership and is in keeping with our commitment to be a sustainable operator.” said Glen Watson, Senior Specialist in Sustainability at Vale.

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