KAWARTHA LAKES, ON, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Chris Alexander, Member of Parliament for Ajax—Pickering, 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 Pigeon Lake, near Lindsay, Ontario. The
Gamiing Nature Centre will receive $71,402 in federal funding over
three years to support local action to improve water quality and
aquatic habitat while increasing ecosystem biodiversity.
"Protecting our environment must begin at the community level," said
M.P. Alexander. "By supporting local action projects, our government is
ensuring the long-term sustainability and improvement of our local
habitats and shorelines, while encouraging and educating our community
members on the importance of maintaining and improving biodiversity."
"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
The project will improve water quality and sustain and improve
biodiversity in Pigeon Lake. Activities such as the planting of 5,000
native shrubs and plants and the installation of several wildlife
structures will help to enhance and protect the shoreline. Community
members will be educated on the importance of maintaining natural
shorelines to improve water quality and health.
"Gamiing Nature Centre thanks Environment Canada's EcoAction Community
Funding Program for their continuing support of our shoreline
restoration and naturalization projects. The funding allows us to
restore shorelines and offer education programs for the community,"
said Mieke Schipper, Volunteer Executive Director, Gamiing Nature
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
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