Green Municipal Fund Commits $20,000 to the Town of Carstairs to Examine the Stormwater Treatment Potential of a Constructed Wetland



    COCHRANE, AB, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Town of Banff Councillor Chip Olver,
a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM), and Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West
representing the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources,
announced today a $20,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the Town of
Carstairs to undertake a study for the proposed development of a constructed
wetland to treat stormwater in a way that will meet Alberta Environment
requirements. The study will draw information from a GMF-funded Sustainable
Community Planning and Growth Study that is currently underway and includes
the development of stormwater management plans. Based on the information to be
gathered, a computer model analysis of existing and future development runoff
and drainage conditions will be used to determine detention storage
requirements and post-development flow rates.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Olver, 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 Rob Anders, MP. "Through the Green
Municipal Fund, our government is assisting municipalities across the country
to deliver results. Projects such as these will help to ensure a cleaner and
healthier environment 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.
    "We plan to move forward with the construction of the wetland as soon as
the design study is completed and approved by Alberta Environment," said Mayor
Lance Colby, Town of Carstairs. "An education program is planned to raise the
awarness of Carstairs' residents with respect to water conservation and wise
stewardship relating to waste and stormwater management."
    The constructed wetland is expected to reduce annual stormwater sediment
discharge to 17 per cent of current levels. It will also reduce hydrocarbons,
heavy metals and nutrients, with potential nutrient removal efficiencies in
the order of 70 per cent for ortho-phosphate and nitrogen.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting
strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

    For information on the Town of Carstairs, visit www.town.carstairs.ab.ca

    For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit
www.fcm.ca

    For information on FCM's Green Municipal Fund, including details of other
approved projects and studies, visit www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca

    For information on Natural Resources Canada, visit www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

    For information on Environment Canada, visit www.ec.gc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Town of Carstairs, AB: Jeannette Austin,
Director of Community Services, (403) 337-3341, Fax: (403) 337-3343,
comserv@town.carstairs.ab.ca; Green Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan,
Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community Development,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
rsullivan@fcm.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663


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