Environment Canada

Environment Canada

June 21, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Alberta

CAMROSE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, 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 the Jumpingpound Creek Watershed area, in Alberta. $71,000 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, the Government of Canada is helping communities and their citizens enjoy cleaner air, water and land. The EcoAction Community Funding program is a concrete example of how we are supporting projects under this program because we believe on the ground activities like these can and will make a difference," said MP Sorenson.

"This government is committed to addressing the environmental priorities of Canadians," said Minister 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."

This project will develop and implement an integrated watershed management plan within the Jumpingpound Creek Watershed. A number of vested parties include the Bow River Basin Council and local governments interested in improving the health of the land and water. Building on Alberta Environment's Water for Life Strategy, the plan will improve the overall health of the watershed through the implementation of water quantity, water quality and land-use recommendations.

EcoAction is an integral partner in the development of the Jumpingpound Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan. The Plan is collaborative among all stakeholders and encourages stewardship of water quantity, water quality and
biodiversity within the community. With the implementation of this plan, the Jumpingpound Creek Watershed Partnership hopes that the watershed continues to provide economic, social and environmental services while remaining a functional and healthy ecosystem for future generations," said John Buckley, Chairman of the Jumpingpound Creek Watershed Partnership.

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.

For more information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program, please visit the Environment Canada's Website, at 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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