The Government of Canada Announces $565,800 in Great Lakes Sustainability Funding
TORONTO, November 25, 2002 - As part of the Government of Canada's ongoing commitment to restoring the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem, Environment Minister David Anderson announced today that 14 projects will be receiving Great Lakes Sustainability funding totaling $565,800. The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund helps finance projects that accelerate the restoration of environmental quality in degraded water bodies, designated as "Areas of Concern" (AOCs).
For the most part, projects will be run in partnership with local government and community groups. Their primary focus is on restoring habitat for fish and wildlife, developing new ways of managing wastewater, and preventing agricultural run-off from flowing into streams and rivers that empty into the Great Lakes.
"Restoring the Great Lakes is of key importance for the Government of Canada, and is an essential element of Environment Canada's priorities on both clean water and protecting our natural legacy," said Minister Anderson. "Tremendous achievements have resulted from the cooperation and dedication of residents, environmental groups, community organizations, industry and youth. Severn Sound is one such area. This past June, the community celebrated the restoration of the Severn Sound Area of Concern (AOC) and it was recently accepted as delisted by the International Joint Committee."
Minister Anderson first announced the Government of Canada's Great Lakes Sustainability Fund in July, 2000. Under this fund, the Government of Canada is investing $30 million over five years to help restore the remaining Canadian Areas of Concern (AOCs). The funding is an important component of the federal Great Lakes Basin 2020 Action Plan which includes Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Heritage, Transport Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Environment Canada.
These projects are all part of the Remedial Action Plans for designated Areas of Concern within the Great Lakes Basin.