Green Municipal Fund commits up to $11,256 to the Municipality of Grand-Saint-Esprit to ensure high quality drinking water

    GRAND-SAINT-ESPRIT, QC, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - FCM First Vice-President
Jean Perrault, Mayor of the City of Sherbrooke, and the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, announced today a Green Municipal Fund grant of
up to $11,256 to help the Municipality of Grand-Saint-Esprit identify options
to ensure that all residents obtain high quality drinking water and actions to
protect water quality throughout the watershed. The study will identify the
geographical extent of the watershed supplying the Municipality's wells,
analyse water quality, recommend actions to protect the sensitive areas within
the watershed, and examine water conservation and distribution within the
    "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 First Vice-President Jean Perrault. "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."
    "We expect that the project will result in a water supply that surpasses
provincial drinking water quality guidelines," said Mayor Julien Boudreault.
"In addition to environmental benefits, we anticipate that implementation of
the study recommendations will result in important social and economic
benefits to the community, including the mitigation of health risks associated
with untreated water from an unprotected source."

    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: Municipality of Grand-Saint-Esprit: Nicole
Larochelle, Director General, Municipality of Grand-Saint-Esprit, (819)
289-2410, Fax: (819) 289-2029,; 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,; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the Municipality of
Grand-Saint-Esprit, QC, visit; For
information on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other approved
projects and studies, visit; For
information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit; For information on Natural Resources Canada, visit; For information on Environment Canada, visit

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