Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Bruce County, Ontario

RIPLEY, ON, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron—Bruce, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Bruce County, Ontario. The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network will receive $71,394 in federal funding over three years to improve water quality by restoring and protecting riparian areas.

"Our government is committed to supporting groups that take action to address the environmental priorities of their community," said MP Lobb. "The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network is dedicated to raising awareness and working towards clean water and a healthy ecosystem in the Pine River area."

"Our government is taking real action to address the environmental priorities of Canadians and ensure we have clean air, clean water, and biologically diverse land for generations to come," said Minister Kent. "EcoAction Community Funding supports community groups across the country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground environmental projects. We are proud to partner with these organizations that are committed to conserving Canada's natural legacy."

The goal of this project is to restore, improve and protect water quality within the Pine River Watershed. To improve poor nearshore water quality conditions, more than 28,000 trees will be planted and cattle exclusion fencing will be installed. These activities will contribute towards restoring 5 hectares of shoreline and 15 hectares of habitat.

"The Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (PRWIN) is thrilled to have received funding through Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program. This funding will support PRWIN in our work to restore clean water and a healthy ecosystem to the Pine River Watershed, by implementing several ‛on-the-ground' reforestation projects," said Adrienne Mason, Projects Coordinator, PRWIN.

The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports projects that rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future protection. This year, the Government of Canada is providing over $4 million for over 100 new projects under this Program.

More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.

SOURCE: Environment Canada

For further information:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
819-934-8008

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(Également offert en français)


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