Ecofootprint Grant Program
At Enbridge we continue to strive to improve our safety record, build on our company’s value of integrity and show respect for the communities where we operate.
Because we understand that our construction can have temporary impacts on the communities where we operate, Enbridge funds an Ecofootprint Grant Program to support environmental restoration and improvement efforts in the communities crossed by the Line 3 Replacement project.
The three-year, $3 million grant program began in 2015 to support a range of environmental projects—from improving water quality to limiting impact on wildlife and migratory birds to fostering education and overall stewardship.
We recently announced 17 recipients of the 2017 Ecofootprint Grant Program, with those grants providing more than $1 million to help protect and restore the natural environment in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.
“Over the past three years we have been continually impressed with the high caliber of programs that have submitted applications for these grants and this year is no different. Protecting and enjoying the natural environment is important to us at Enbridge and it makes us all proud to help advance locally based environmental priorities that are funded with this grant program.”
—John Swanson, Enbridge Vice President of Major Projects.
Programs receiving Ecofootprint grant funding for 2017 include:
|Akeley/Paul Bunyan ATV Club for Heartland Trail ATV crossing over the Crow Wing River||Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District for Clearwater Lake shoreline restoration and protection||Carlton County Soil and Water Conservation District to inventory culverts and reduce sediment in the Nemadji watershed||Cities of Red Lake Falls, Plummer and Oklee for eco-friendly river access projects in Red Lake County|
|City of Clearbrook for Clearbrook Dam restoration for improved water quality||Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District for Willow Creek shoreline restoration and improved water quality in the Whitefish Chain of Lakes||Floodwood Services and Training for expansion of its recycling program||Florida State University, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science for monitoring the transport of water-soluble petroleum metabolites with optical sensors near Pinewood, MN|
|Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District to inventory and evaluate drainage outlets entering the Thief Lake and Red Lake rivers||Minnesota Deer Hunters Association for critical habitat protection in a sub-watershed of Crow Wing River in southeastern Hubbard County||Minnesota Dragonfly Society to continue research on Minnesota's dragonfly and damselfly species and conduct public awareness activities||Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District to assist Pine Haven Camp correct storm water and erosion issues impacting Long Lake|
|Pennington County Soil and Water Conservation District to inventory and evaluate drainage outlets entering the Red Lake River||Two Rivers Watershed District for flood control and natural resource enhancement|
|Douglas County Land & Water Conservation Department to implement a watershed approach to wetland management||University of Wisconsin-Superior for research on the impact of microplastics on aquatic life in the St. Louis River Estuary|
|Walsh County Water Resource District to establish native prairie as natural filtration system to reduce erosion, increase drainage and enhance water quality in Red River Valley|