Environment Canada

Environment Canada

August 30, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Project in Ontario

ST. MARYS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2010) - Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington, 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 St. Marys, Ontario. In total, $11,000 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, communities here in Ontario and across Canada are demonstrating a commitment to working with the Government of Canada and other partners in a common goal of improving, enhancing and protecting our natural ecosystems," said MP Gary Schellenberger. "With the support of the EcoAction Community Funding Program, real action is taking place in many communities and areas such as Trout Creek."

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

The Trout Creek Naturalization Project will naturalize a 0.6-hectare area on the north side of Trout Creek in the Town of St. Marys. With the help of 90 volunteers, 122 native trees and shrubs and 2,874 perennials will be planted. This project will also establish a butterfly garden, restore riparian areas along Trout Creek, provide habitat for wildlife, increase biodiversity, and connect the area to an existing wetland.

"The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is pleased to partner with the Rotary Club and the Town of St. Marys for this project," said Vanni Azzano, community education specialist with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. "It will provide habitat for wildlife and increase biodiversity by connecting the area to a wetland that was created in 2008."

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.

More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is available on 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/.

(Egalement offert en francais)

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