Environment Canada

Environment Canada

October 14, 2009 10:25 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Bay of Quinte Area of Concern Clean-up Projects

BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, along with Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, and Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, announced today, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, $160,400 in funding for 4 projects to clean up the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern. Thirty-eight projects throughout the Great Lakes are receiving $2.2 million in funding this year from the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund.

"The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is a concrete example of how we can work together to ensure clean water for Canadians, and to restore the health of the Great Lakes," said M.P. Kramp. "The funding we are announcing today will help to address challenges and bring us closer to our goal of restoring water quality in the Bay of Quinte and in all of Canada's Great Lakes Areas of Concern."

"The Great Lakes are a crucial ecosystem. Healthy ecosystems are the basis of a healthy economy and will provide economic, social and environmental benefits for all Canadians to enjoy," said M.P. Norlock. "We are proud of the progress that is being made in cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern through the commitment and actions of the local communities."

"The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund has proven to be very effective in facilitating the many partnered projects working to restore water quality in the fifteen Canadian Areas of Concern," said M.P. Reid. "Locally, the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is being used to fund projects like Stormwater Management and Pollution Prevention & Control Plans for Bay of Quinte Municipalities."

"The Government of Canada is committed to delivering a clean and healthy environment for Canadians. Together with our partners, we are taking real action to ensure that Canada's communities and families can thrive in a healthy environment," added Minister Prentice.

For the Bay of Quinte Area of Concern, the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is supporting the Stormwater Management and Pollution Prevention and Control Plans for Bay of Quinte Municipalities. This multi-year project will result in improved quality of urban drainage and reduce the impacts of development on the Bay of Quinte. The project will also foster regional cooperation in storm water management, and assist municipalities in planning to meet infrastructure needs, and adopt effective abatement technologies.

"It quite often takes an accident before we invest in a stop sign: the blue green algae outbreak is a reminder of how important it is that we reduce the nutrient and phosphorous loading on the Bay of Quinte. The Stormwater and pollution control study is a major step in reaching these goals," said Terry Murphy, General Manager for Quinte Conservation.

Using the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, the Government of Canada is partnering with provincial and local governments and community organizations to help clean up the 14 remaining Canadian Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes Basin. The fund supports environmental restoration activities in three priority areas: fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and stewardship, contaminated sediment assessment and remediation, and innovative approaches to improve municipal wastewater effluent quality.

More information about the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is available at sustainabilityfund.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

GREAT LAKES SUSTAINABILITY FUND

In the late 1980s, the International Joint Commission designated 43 Areas of Concern, or “pollution hot spots,” within the Great Lakes Basin, based on significant environmental concerns in these areas. Since then, of the 17 Canadian areas, two areas have been fully restored and removed from that list, and one area is being monitored for recovery, because all cleanup actions in the area have been completed.

The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (GLSF) was created to accelerate the work being done to restore the environmental quality of Canada's remaining 14 Areas of Concern.

Funding is provided to initiatives that meet specific criteria and that serve to restore the environment. Such projects include fish and wildlife habitat restoration, contaminated sediment remediation, landowner stewardship, and control of pollution from municipal wastewaters and rural runoff.

Restoring Areas of Concern improves water quality, fish and wildlife habitat and population health. The Fund provides technical and financial support to projects that will reduce bacterial contamination of public beaches, an issue that leads to frequent beach closings. Environmental improvements lead to local economic competitiveness through the development of innovative technologies, and increased recreation, tourism and development opportunities in Area of Concern communities.

The Fund is administered by Environment Canada in consultation with eight Government of Canada departments: Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Heritage, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Transport Canada.

DELISTED AREAS OF CONCERN:
Severn Sound
Collingwood Harbour

AREA IN RECOVERY:
Spanish Harbour

CANADIAN AREAS OF CONCERN:
Thunder Bay
Nipigon Bay
Jackfish Bay
Peninsula Harbour
Wheatley Harbour
Hamilton Harbour
Toronto and Region
Port Hope Harbour
Bay of Quinte

BINATIONAL AREAS OF CONCERN
St. Lawrence River
Niagara River
St. Marys River
St. Clair River
Detroit River

For further information on the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, visit sustainabilityfund.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada
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    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca