KESWICK, ON, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister,
the Honourable Peter Kent, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Canada's
International Trade Minister and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe,
and Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, today announced
that 19 projects will receive funding under round six of the Lake
Simcoe Clean-Up Fund.
Initiatives funded by the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund are designed to
preserve and protect the environment of Lake Simcoe.
"Since 2008, the Harper Government's five-year Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund
has provided more than $15 million to 165 local projects undertaken to
preserve and improve this important water body. Today, we highlight the
continued support of Lake Simcoe clean-up efforts by investing $4.1
million in 19 new restoration projects," said Minister Van Loan.
"Our Government has taken a clear, comprehensive approach to ensuring
clean water for Canadians. Lake Simcoe is an important natural
resource, and by providing funding to these projects, we are not only
investing in the health of the lake, but also in the future of the
region," said said M.P. Brown.
As part of this investment, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement
Association (OSCIA) will receive $940,000 towards their Lake Simcoe
Farm Stewardship Program. The purpose of this project is to increase
the take-up of on-the-ground Best Management Practices by farmers in
the Lake Simcoe watershed. This will help reduce the amount of
phosphorus that gets into the lake and increase the overall protection
and enhancement of the lake.
"The agricultural lands of the watershed are capable of producing high
quality crops, and the OSCIA knows that great care must be taken to
sustain both the lands and water for future generations. This project
strategically builds on the established success of the Canada-Ontario
Environmental Farm Plan, and supports farm businesses that are acting
to protect the Lake," said Barry Hill, President of the OSCIA.
Richard Simpson, the chair of Protect and Preserve the Environment of
Lake Simcoe (PROPEL), the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund's Advisory
Committee, added that "the Committee is pleased to be an integral part
in the Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund Process. Since Round 1, project
applications have greatly increased in numbers which shows the
viability and importance of Fund to the community."
This investment to clean up Lake Simcoe is part of the Government of
Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water, which includes projects like the
Health of the Oceans initiative to protect Canada's three oceans, the
clean-up of contaminated sediment in Great Lakes Areas of Concern, and
action on pollution in Lake Winnipeg.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
(Également offert en français)
SOURCE Environment Canada
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