Green Municipal Fund commits $70,000 grant to the Town of Mississippi Mills for an environmental assessment of the Almonte Ward Sewage Treatment System



    KINGSTON, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - City of Kingston Councillor Leonore
Foster, a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of
National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, on
behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced
today a $70,000 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant to the Town of Mississippi
Mills. The City invested the grant in an environmental assessment of the
Almonte Ward Sewage Treatment System.
    "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 Leonore Foster. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Our Government is committed to taking action to protect and preserve our
environment," said Minister O'Connor. "Through the Green Municipal Fund, the
Government of Canada is assisting municipalities across the country to deliver
results. Projects such as this one in Mississippi Mills 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.
    The Town of Mississippi Mills initiated an environmental assessment of
the Almonte Ward Sewage Treatment System from November 2004 to December 2006.
The purpose of this assessment was to evaluate the condition and constraints
of the existing communal sewage system and to evaluate alternative solutions
to meet current and future needs. The assessment process included public
consultations, involving the Town's issuing notices and communicating with
local residents.
    "As a result of the environmental assessment we now know that further
renewing of portions of Almonte Ward Sewage Treatment System should continue
to accommodate projected flows and thereby protect our environment," said Town
of Mississippi Mills Mayor Al Lunney. "These renewals will serve as key
components in system upgrades over the next 20 years intended to increase
capacity and thereby renew vital environmental protection infrastructure."
    Consisting of the Wards of Pakenham, Almonte and Ramsay, the Town of
Mississippi Mills covers over 500 square kilometres of land within Lanark
County just west of the City of Ottawa in Eastern Ontario.  The population of
Mississippi Mills is 11,733.

    The Environmental Study Report of the Town of Mississippi Mills Almonte
Ward Communal Sewage System Class Environmental Assessment is available at
http://mississippimills.ca/roads/water.cfm

    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 further information:

For further information: Town of Mississippi Mills: Diane Smithson,
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Mississippi Mills, (613) 256-2064,
extension 225, dsmithson@mississippimills.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; Environment Canada: Eric Richer, Press Secretary,
Minister's Office, Environment Canada, (819) 997-1441, Fax: (819) 953-0279,
eric.richer@ec.gc.ca; For information on the Town  of Mississippi Mills, visit
http://www.mississippimills.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
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca

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