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Environment Canada

September 24, 2009 12:11 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Phosphorous Project Within the Moose Mountain Creek Watershed

CARLYLE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, today announced more than $37,000 in federal funding to support a project that will reduce agricultural inputs of phosphorous within the Moose Mountain Creek watershed.

"This funding, provided by the Government of Canada's Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative, will continue important work with communities, governments and other partners to promote the long-term sustainability of the Moose Mountain Creek watershed and of Lake Winnipeg" said MP Komarnicki. "Projects such as this are a model for partnerships in watershed management across the country."

"The committee is pleased that they received approval for their project to help reduce the amount of phosphorus going into Lake Winnipeg. We are glad to be part of the project, and look forward to working together to help reduce phosphorus here in the Moose Mountain Creek which will reduce the amount of phosphorus ending up in Lake Winnipeg. I feel this is a great project with all the partners working together for the same cause, water quality," said Mr. Jack Wilson, Chair of the Cornerstone Agri-Environmental Group Plan Committee.

The project, led by the Cornerstone Agri-Environmental Group Plan Committee, will build awareness with farmers in Moose Mountain, Saskatchewan on agricultural practices that will reduce inputs of phosphorous and nitrogen to waterways, ultimately improving water quality. Other projects funded in this second round of the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative include the East Interlake Conservation District's study of wastewater irrigation as an alternative to depositing wastewater in waterways and a University of Winnipeg project to determine points of nutrient deposits along waterways near Morden, Manitoba.

"These projects are examples of ongoing important federal contributions toward improving the health of the Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Funding for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative is part of the $18 million committed by the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water. Previous funding of
$1.1 million for 14 Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative stewardship projects was announced in June 2009" said Minister Prentice.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring all Canadians have access to clean, safe and healthy water and that our water resources are used wisely, both economically and ecologically.

Letters of intent for the next round of stewardship projects to be funded under the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative will be accepted until October 1, 2009. For more information on project criteria and application process, please visit: http://www.ec.gc.ca/paae-apcw/default.asp?lang=En&n=61284017-1

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