$1,050,000 from the green municipal fund helps the regional county municipality of La Vallėe-de-la-Gatineau install an innovative septic tank sludge collection system

    KAZABAZUA, QC, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM President Gord Steeves and the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon (Pontiac), Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities, representing the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural
Resources, congratulated Pierre Rondeau, Warden of the Regional County
Municipality (RCM) of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, on the excellent results of
the RCM's innovative septic tank sludge collection system project. The RCM's
Centre de traitement et de valorisation des boues de fosses septiques is
supported by a $1,050,000 loan from the Green Municipal Fund. At the Centre,
sludge is dehydrated by rotary press technology, which separates liquids from
solid matter. Liquids are sent to aeration tanks; residual sludge is mixed
with forest waste to produce compost.
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
when it comes to protecting our environment," said the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon. "Through projects such as this, we are demonstrating our commitment 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."
    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 take water quality seriously," said Warden Rondeau. "That is why we
have installed an integrated management system for sludge collection centred
at our new processing centre. We estimate that the project will reduce air
pollution caused by transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the
order of 200 tonnes a year."
    The Regional County Municipality (RCM) of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau is
located about 40 kilometres north of the City of Gatineau. The jurisdiction is
shared by 17 municipalities (Town of Maniwaki, Municipality of Aumond,
Municipality of Blue Sea, Municipality of Bois-Franc, Municipality of
Bouchette, Municipality of Déléage, Town of Gracefield, Municipality of
Grand-Remous, Municipality of Kazabazua, Municipality of Lac Cayamant;
Municipality of Lac Ste-Marie; Municipality of Low, Municipality of Messines,
Municipality of Montcerf-Lytton; Municipality of Denholm, Municipality of
Egan-Sud, Municipality of Ste-Thérèse-de-la Gatineau) and covers 13,424 square
kilometres, making it one of the largest RCMs in the Province of Quebec.

    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: Regional County Municipality (RCM) of La
Vallée-de-la-Gatineau: Catherine Lussier, eng., jr., Chief of department,
Environmental Hygiene, RCM of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, (819) 463-3241, poste
240, Cell.: (819) 441-9441, Fax.: (819) 463-3632, clussier@mrcvg.qc.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; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities: Natalie
Sarafian, Press Secretary, Minister's Office, (613) 991-0700, Fax: (613)
995-0327; For information on the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of La
Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, visit http://www.mrcvg.qc.ca/textes/index.shtml; 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

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