ATHOLVILLE (GNB) – The provincial government is providing $22,460 under the Environmental Trust Fund for the Village of Atholville to undertake a wellfield study.

“The fund is an important mechanism for our government to encourage excellent environmental initiatives that will benefit our province’s air, land and water resources,” said Restigouche West MLA, Gilles LePage. “With these investments we are also helping to grow the green economy and create jobs.”

LePage spoke for Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle.

The wellfield study is an important step in determining future sustainable development for the village.

“With the community growing, it is necessary to ensure access to safe drinking water for the many residents and businesses whose services are already connected to this wellfield source, as well as plan for future growth,” said Atholville Mayor, Michel Soucy.

The fund provides assistance to community groups, organizations, municipalities and institutions for projects that produce tangible, measurable benefits to the environment.

A total of 207 projects valued at $6.5 million have been approved for funding under the fund in the following priority action areas:

·         protecting our environment;

·         increasing environmental awareness;

·         managing our waste;

·         addressing climate change; and

·         building sustainable communities.

More information, including the list of approved projects and initiatives, is available online.