Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 27, 2008 18:30 ET

Baird and Lunney Take Action to Help Clean-up Nanoose Bay

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird and the local Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, Dr. James Lunney, today announced $20,000 to help clean up Nanoose Bay.

"Our Government is taking real action to protect and preserve our environment," said Minister Baird. "The efforts of this community and the Nanoose Streamkeepers to clean up this important bay, and the Qualicum National Wildlife Area is to be commended. Thanks to the hard work of your local Member of Parliament, James Lunney, our Government is providing the support needed to finish the job."

In 2006, following the weather-related destruction of a nearby First Nations marina, large amounts of Styrofoam and heavy dock debris washed up along the foreshore of Nanoose Bay, the outlying beaches and the surrounding islands. The debris caused disruption to the local environment, including the estuary of the Qualicum National Wildlife Area, located at the western end of Nanoose Harbour. Since that time, local volunteers have worked together to clean the area by hand, and have successfully removed much of the smaller debris. However, as part of the effort, volunteers have identified and marked some 110 large pieces of debris that must be removed with special heavy equipment.

"I am proud of our community's efforts to clean up and protect Nanoose Bay. Today's announcement allows our community to take this cleanup to the next level," said Dr Lunney. "The National Wildlife Area is a sanctuary for a number of important local and migratory bird and other animal species. This is a great example of the positive impact Canadians can have when they work together to protect and improve their local environment."

The funding will go to a local volunteer organization, the Nanoose Streamkeepers, who have helped co-ordinate groups of volunteers to clean the shore, removing several dumpsters of small debris and coordinating the effort to remove the larger dock portions from the foreshore and estuary.

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    Eric Richer
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    Environment Canada
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