Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Project in OntarioCanada
Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron—Bruce, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Bayfield, Ontario. In total, $40,000 in federal funding will support local action to reduce pollution, improve air and water quality, and protect wildlife and natural habitat.
"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity and with the support of the EcoAction Community Funding Program, local community groups here in Ontario and across Canada are taking forward action to improve our environment upon which our culture, economy and society depend," said MP Ben Lobb. Each one of us has a role to play. The enhancement of our local Huron County watersheds is a demonstration of real action that is helping achieve this goal."
"This government is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians," said Minister Jim Prentice. "We are proud to support community groups across the country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground environmental projects that will achieve a more sustainable Canada. Your actions, large or small, will help to protect the abundance and variety of life that is part of our natural heritage."
The Bayfield North Watersheds Enhancement Project will help to reduce erosion, improve water quality, and restore habitat in the Bayfield North watershed.
Education on the importance of water quality and habitat restoration will be provided to residents and residents will be encouraged to implement stewardship projects, including water quality assessments.
"Work in our local watershed is critical to ensuring the overall goal of protecting and improving the natural environment," said Hope Brock, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Healthy Watersheds Technician. "With the commitment of landowners and funding support, everyone is able to take part in and learn about the importance of habitat restoration and water quality improvements to achieve this goal."
The EcoAction Community Funding Program is a Government of Canada initiative that supports projects that rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities and individuals in support of a more sustainable Canada. The project announced today will assist locally-based, non-profit organizations in initiating actions that result in cleaner air, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner water, and the protection of nature at the local community level.
More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on Environment Canada's website: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.
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/.
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