Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 13, 2010 10:34 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Community Environmental Projects in Jonquiere-Alma

ALMA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for Jonquière—Alma, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for four new environmental projects in Jonquière—Alma, Quebec. In total, $85,722 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, it is essential that we take the measures necessary to protect the heritage of future generations. The projects announced today are examples of concrete measures that are being taken to conserve our natural resources and our environment," said Minister Blackburn.

"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."

Environment Canada contributed to the project of the Groupe Naïades which, by raising awareness among 600 users and managers of 12 marinas located along the shores of Lake Saint-Jean, will result in the adoption of more environmentally friendly nautical practices. Boat owners and marina managers will be informed of the best ways to dispose of their wastewater, prevent bank erosion and the degradation of natural habitats, manage residual material, and use biodegradable boat cleaning products, among other things.

"At the start of a new boating season, thousands of recreational boaters rediscover Lake Saint-Jean and its many attractions. We will conduct a tour of 12 marinas with the aim of encouraging boaters to adopt more environmentally sound practices," declared Dave Gauthier, director-general of the Groupe Naïades.

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 four projects announced today will assist locally based non-profit organizations in initiating actions that result in 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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