Canada's contribution to community grant program supports Youth Water
Education and Monitoring Project
EGMONT, PE, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic
Council, the Honourable Gail Shea today highlighted Canada's commitment
to protect aquatic ecosystems.
The Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) received
$86,322 from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's (CEC) North
American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant
program. The funding will support the Youth Water Education and
Monitoring Project. This initiative will help local young people in the
community learn and implement water and fish habitat monitoring
protocols through educational workshops, biological field sampling and
Environment Canada is committed to supporting watershed protection by
partnering with BBEMA through the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives. In
addition to funding received through the CEC's community action grant
program, BBEMA has received close to $400,000 from Environment Canada
over the past five years for water quality monitoring projects and the
improving the habitat and biodiversity of the Bedeque Bay watershed.
The 2013-2015 North American Partnership for Environmental Community
Action grant program, administered by the CEC, has dedicated $1.2
million to 18 projects from across Canada, Mexico and the United States
to support innovative, community-based activities to address North
America's environmental challenges.
The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action grant
of $86,322 to the BBEMA will go toward the Youth Water Education and
Monitoring Project to engage community members in understanding of the
importance of Prince Edward Island's aquatic ecosystems, and encourage
them to actively participate in aquatic ecosystem conservation and
The BBEMA also collaborates with Environment Canada and academic
partners on the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network to collect,
assess, and distribute information on the condition and biodiversity of
aquatic ecosystems in Canada.
The BBEMA monitors 6 Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network field sites
to collect data that is used by the BBEMA, Environment Canada and
others to identify and better understand environmental issues in
watersheds and take actions to improve water quality and aquatic
The CEC will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014.
Minister Leona Aglukkaq, as Chair of the CEC, will host the 2014 CEC
Council Session in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on July 17.
"Our Government is proud to support the BBEMA as they work in
partnership with their community to create solutions that will conserve
and protect water resources for future generations of Canadians."
- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Member
of Parliament for Egmont, Prince Edward Island
"We are delighted to receive this support, which will provide us the
funding base to hire a coordinator to engage more Island young people
in our Adopt a River Program. At BBEMA, we feel it's important to help
reconnect youth with their natural surroundings. By taking part in our
program, they can experience first-hand the vital linkages between
PEI's wildlife and the streams and other bodies of water that sustain
our rich and diverse ecosystems. Their involvement will help build a
legacy of environmental conservation and protection.''
- Tracy Brown, Executive Director, Bedeque Bay Environmental Management
Minister Aglukkaq marks the 20th anniversary of the Commission for
CEC NAPECA Grants
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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