Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 26, 2010 13:44 ET

Environment Canada: Minister Affirms Water Is a Key Issue, Top Priority

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice issued the following statement following his key note speech today delivered at the McGill University's 15th annual Conference, "Canadian Water: Toward a New Strategy."

"The theme for World Water Day 2010, which we celebrated just this past Monday, focuses on the importance of water quality. Here at home, the Government of Canada sees water quality as a critical issue.

"Water is a key issue for decision makers – and it deserves to be a top policy priority. The Government of Canada is taking important steps to protect our water with progressive policy, world-class science and first-class research facilities. We have a comprehensive Action Plan for Clean Water that includes investments in science and monitoring of our water resources. Under this plan we are remediating contaminated lakes and rivers and we are investing in clean water for Aboriginal communities. We are placing a high priority on working with the provinces and territories to develop the basis for new regulations on wastewater. In 2010, it is unacceptable that untreated wastewater still flows into our waterways.

"Just this past week, we introduced draft Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, and are aiming to finalize them by the end of this year. These regulations will set national performance standards to keep our waters safe and clean, so that Canadians can continue enjoying the social, economic and environmental benefits of this precious resource – now and in the future.

"We are taking action, but of course, there is always more to do. We are working hard to live up to Canada's reputation as the land of pristine waters, a conscientious steward of a precious environment and a nation that takes pride in the gifts that Nature has provided."

For a complete version of the speech delivered today go to http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=6F2DE1CA-1&news=EB414AB5-A51A-40D3-90E7-6BACA5C3E629.

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