Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 23, 2010 13:33 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in Okanagan-Shuswap

VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Shuswap, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for two new environmental projects in Vernon, British Columbia. A total of $82,213 in federal funding will support the protection of natural habitat and encourage community education.

"As part of the International Year of Biodiversity, we are proud to show our commitment safeguard Canada's rich diversity by taking actions that sustain wild species, protect important ecological areas and reduce human impacts on the environment. Federal funding for locally based community projects helps preserve the diversity and integrity of ecosystems," said MP Mayes.

"Canada's natural wealth is a source of pride, prosperity and security for all Canadians. We are proud to support community groups across the country which protect our natural heritage," said Minister Prentice. "Their hard work will have concrete outcomes directly impacting communities where Canadians live."

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society BX Creek Wetland Enhancement and Interpretive Project is a legacy initiative providing the City of Vernon, the Regional District of the North Okanagan, and local citizens with new opportunities to work collaboratively on the first of a series of wetland restoration and interpretation projects. 

"We are thrilled the Government of Canada, though Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Program, is supporting our community project," said Walt Duncan, Board Member of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society. "Government funding will allow us to develop materials educating people about the restored wetland, about biodiversity, ecological restoration, species identification, and environmental stewardship opportunities."

The other group receiving funding is the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake which will focus on the restoration of Coldstream Creek that requires riparian habitat improvement. "Our project will focus on restoring a segment of the Creek that will assist in improving local drinking water and fish habitat," said Trina Koch, President of the Society for Projection of Kalamalka Lake. "We are pleased that Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Program is supporting this important initiative."

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 two projects 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 at the following address: 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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