$50K to Carp River Action Plan!

Customers vote, Shell donates. $1 million awarded to environmental projects

Carleton Place, ON – Today, Shell will award $1 million to Canadian environmental projects, chosen by its customers. Through the Shell FuellingChange™ Program customers are invited to make any purchase at Shell service stations, collect Shell purchase receipts with voting codes, and vote for their favourite environmental projects on FuellingChange.com. To date, over 13 million votes have been cast by customers!

A total of 31 projects will receive funding, totalling $1 million. After 6 months of dedication in reaching out to Canadians, votes are in and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Foundation has been chosen to receive a grant of $50,000 from Shell.

“The Shell grant will help us fulfill our rehabilitation efforts along the Carp River in Ottawa.  We are excited to be working with MVCA staff, the Friends of the Carp River and other community supporters to improve the health of this vital urban river system,” said Mark Burnham, MVCF President.

The Carp River Action Plan is a strategic, multi-year approach to improving the most degraded mid-reach section of the Carp River.

The plan consists of four recommendations for action:

1. Landowner Stewardship

2. Blockage Removal

3. A Stream Watch Program

4. Engineered Restoration

“The great thing about FuellingChange is that it empowers environmental and not-for-profit organizations’ efforts in realizing environmental initiatives, reach out to Canadians and get them involved in building a sustainable future,” said Shell Canada’s president and country chair, Lorraine Mitchelmore.

“FuellingChange is part of the process of being proactive and discovering what environmental projects our customers care about.”

Environmental projects pre-selected to participate in the FuellingChange program are eligible to receive funding at three different grant levels: $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000. In addition, those organizations not successful in the voting process receive $10,000 for their project.

For more information about the grant, visit www.fuellingchange.com. Learn more about the Carp River Action Plan: contact Matt Craig 613.253.0006 ext. 226.

Photos of the Carp River and monitoring activities in 2013.

  • Volunteer monitor checks out the riverbank
  • The Carp River
  • In the River
  • Check your Watershed Day helpers
  • Monitoring the Carp
  • Another crossing
  • FCR helps monitor the river
  • Taking measurements
  • Culvert
  • Well vegetated banks
  • Measuring the Depth
  • Underwater stream
  • Volunteers help monitor
  • Bridge crossing
  • Carp River view
  • A blockage in the river
  • More volunteers with MVCA staff
Volunteer monitor checks out the riverbank1 The Carp River2 In the River3 Check your Watershed Day helpers4 Monitoring the Carp5 Another crossing6 FCR helps monitor the river7 Taking measurements8 Culvert9 Well vegetated banks10 Measuring the Depth11 Underwater stream 12 Volunteers help monitor13 Bridge crossing14 Carp River view15 A blockage in the river16 More volunteers with MVCA staff17
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