Canada's new government marks World Water Day with National Water Strategy



    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment, today marked World Water Day by promising action to improve
the health and quality of Canada's fresh water resources through the
Government's National Water Strategy.
    "A sustainable and healthy water supply is crucial for our ecosystems,
economy and our environment," said Minister Baird. "Canada's New Government is
taking action through its proposed National Water Strategy to protect and
improve our vast water resources."
    In Budget 2007, Canada's New Government committed $93 million to support
a comprehensive National Water Strategy that will ensure clean and safe water
for Canadians. This strategy sets the direction for a concrete action plan
that will improve the quality of drinking water, clean up polluted waters,
help maintain water levels in the Great Lakes and protect ecosystems.
    "Water is a shared resource that must be managed responsibly," said
Minister Baird. "We will continue to work collaboratively with the provinces,
the United States and the global community as we introduce new measures to
deliver safe and clean water to Canadians."
    Canada's New Government recently renewed its commitment to extend the
cooperative work under the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes
Basin Ecosystem (COA). This initiative will ensure continued improvement and
protection of the Great Lakes, their waters and their ecosystem. Other
important measures include investing in research, water pollution prevention,
and the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality agreement.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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