Green Municipal Fund Commits $100,000 to the City of Weyburn for Wastewater Treatment Upgrade Strategies



    WEYBURN, SK, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM President Gord Steeves, the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment, and Ed Komarnicki, Member of
Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, announced today a $100,000 Green
Municipal Fund grant to help the City of Weyburn examine wastewater treatment
upgrade strategies to improve its lagoon effluent quality. The changes will
help the city meet more stringent future regulations that will control
nitrogen, phosphorous, ammonia, biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended
solids and total dissolved solids. The wastewater treatment upgrade options
include constructed wetlands, effluent irrigation, and a combination of the
two.
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said Minister Lunn. "Through projects such as this, we are
contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said FCM President Gord Steeves. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "I am pleased that the City of Weyburn to working to do its part to
better our environment," said Mr. Komarnicki, MP. "By working together on
these types of projects, here and across the country, we can achieve lasting
environmental benefits for Canadians."
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.
    "This study provides our community with an important opportunity for
public awareness and education about water conservation," said
Mayor Debra Button. "Proposed water conservation strategy initiatives include
information brochures."
    The ultimate end users of the treated water may include a neighbouring
tree nursery or nearby forage crop fields. The study will also examine the
potential to use biomass as a fuel source. In addition, it will consider
potential modifications to the existing system, such as an increase in
retention time in the storage cells during the summer months and segregation
of the primary lagoon into two separate cells.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: City of Weyburn, SK: Blaine Frank, C. Tech,
Director of Engineering, Public Works, Parks, (306) 848-3230, Fax: (306)
842-2001, bfrank@weyburn.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager,
Community Liaison, Green Municipal Fund, Centre for Sustainable Community
Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6299, Cell:
(613) 447-0051, Fax: (613) 244-1515, lhodgins@fcm.ca; Natural Resources
Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information
on the City of Weyburn, visit http://www.weyburn.ca; For information on the
Green Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and
studies, visit http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For
information on Natural Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For
information on Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca

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