SARNIA, ON, July 23, 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, Dr. Colin Carrie was in Sarnia, Ontario, today to announce new
environmental clean-up projects in the Great Lakes.
The Government of Canada's Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is
contributing $1.5 million towards 27 new projects in the Canadian Great
Lakes Areas of Concern including $413,000 for four new projects for the
St. Clair River and the Detroit River Areas of Concern. With additional
funding from partners, the estimated total value of the St. Clair River
and Detroit River projects is $1.86 million.
Since 1989, the Fund has supported more than 900 partnered projects to
help clean up Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern. This work aligns
with the Government of Canada's National Conservation Plan to conserve
and restore our lands and waters, and connect Canadian families to our
Great Lakes Areas of Concern are areas where the environment and water
quality are severely degraded. Restoring them is a priority because
they impact the health of the ecosystem locally and collectively across
Projects supported by the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund typically
focus on restoring fish and wildlife habitat and populations, cleaning
up contaminated sediment, and controlling pollution from municipal
wastewater, urban storm water and rural run-off.
"Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes are huge undertakings that
align with the Government of Canada's National Conservation Plan.
Together with our partners, we are working to protect Canada's lands,
waters and rich natural heritage."
- Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa and Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of the Environment
"Our Government is committed to ensuring clean water for all Canadians.
By supporting community-level projects that restore environmental
quality in Canada's Great Lakes Areas of Concern, we are helping to
make the communities around the Lakes better places to live, work and
- Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia—Lambton
"Sarnia Council welcomes the contribution by the Federal Government to
the Pump Station Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
System Project. It will continue our joint commitment to protect and
renew the Great Lakes."
- Mike Bradley, Mayor, City of Sarnia
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
The Great Lakes (Environment Canada)
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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