On March 23rd, Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament was pleased to report that the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced funding of $140,000 to be allocated to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority under the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund.
Minister Kent announced more than $3.3 million in Government of Canada funding committed under the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund for 46 projects to clean up the severely degraded geographic regions officially designated as Great Lakes Areas of Concern.
“I am pleased to report that the St. Lawrence River and the City of Cornwall will benefit greatly from these funds,” said Lauzon, “the Raisin Region Conservation Authority will use these funds towards four projects aimed at improving the water quality and protecting the fish habitat of the river.”
The federal government has allocated these funds to the Raisin Region Conservation Authority for the following projects:
•Septic Re-Inspection Program and Communal Waste Assessment for Westley’s Point, Nadeau’s Point, and Amandale Bay- $30,000
•Lake St. Francis/St. Lawrence River Tributary Restoration- $30,000
•Fish and Wildlife Restoration and Monitoring- $35,000
•St. Lawrence River Restoration Council for local RAP development, implementation, co-ordination, community engagement, monitoring and reporting. – $45,000
“I would like to commend the Raisin Region Conservation Authority for taking the initiative to protect and enhance the St. Lawrence River in our community,” said Lauzon, “these improvements will benefit the environment and residents of Cornwall greatly.”
The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund was established to work in partnership with other agencies and local community stakeholders to advance Remedial Action Plans that have been developed for each of Canada’s remaining “Areas of Concern” (AOC) located within the Great Lakes Basin.
GLSF provides technical and financial support to projects (up to one-third of the total cost) that implement remedial actions to complete the clean up and restoration in three key priority areas: fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and stewardship; contaminated sediment assessment and remediation; and innovative approaches to improve municipal wastewater effluent quality.