Green Municipal Fund commits $14,975 to the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to help find alternatives to septic systems in the Quinchien area



    VAUDREUIL-DORION, QC, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Mayor Edgar Rouleau of the
City of Dorval, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalites (FCM),
and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a
$14,975 Green Municipal Fund grant to help the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion
conduct a detailed study to determine the appropriate individual and
community-wide solutions to the wastewater management problems in the
Quinchien area. As many as 210 dwellings in that area, many of them older
cottages, are not serviced by the municipal system. Many have septic systems
that do not comply with current provincial regulations because their property
is either too small or situated too close to private water wells.
    To determine the appropriate solution, a field inventory and mapping will
be conducted for existing septic systems and their related equipment, and
potable water wells. The properties will then be assessed to evaluate
compliance with regulations, and identify problem areas. Samples of potable
well water will also be collected.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Mayor Edgar Rouleau, representing FCM. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Minister Lunn. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across
the country to deliver results. Projects such as this will help to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    The results of the study will be used to identify appropriate alternative
solutions including, but not limited to, intercepting the wastewater from
isolated dwellings in the area by means of an alternative system; treating the
wastewater from the dwellings before returning it to watercourses; or building
a trunk sewer.
    "The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is serious about solving the wastewater
management problems in the Quinchien area," said Mayor Guy Pilon. "Through the
Green Municipal Fund, we will be able to move forward to eliminate any
potential of the discharge of sanitary sewage into the Ottawa River and reduce
the risk of the drinking water being polluted by sanitary sewage."
    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.

    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: Mona Dumouchel, CGA, trésorière, City of
Vaudreuil-Dorion, (450) 424-8528, Fax: (450) 424-8540,
mdumouchel@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca; 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; 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 Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC,
visit http://www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.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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