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RBC donates $225,000 to keep Lake Winnipeg healthy

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A major Canadian bank has stepped up with a donation to help improve the health of Lake Winnipeg.

RBC Royal Bank today announced it would give $225,000 to a Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. project that monitors the health of the banks of streams in the lake’s watershed.

The information will be used to help government and environmental organizations set program priorities.

"This is an outstanding example of corporate social responsibility in action and we appreciate this grant to protect the quality of our water in Manitoba, specifically Lake Winnipeg," Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said.

Through its Green Banks: Clear Waters project, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corp. and four local conservation districts (all of which have waters flowing directly into the Red River or Lake Winnipeg itself) will enhance the delivery of watershed health programming by:

  • mapping the vegetation along several waterways in Manitoba,
  • assessing the relative health of stream banks, and
  • delivering custom projects and workshops to improve watershed health and awareness.

The bank’s donation will be used to fund a newly developed computer tool that can analyse aerial photography to produce detailed maps of stream banks.

For more information, visit www.mhhc.mb.ca or www.rbc.com/bluewater.

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