EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The provincial government is providing $240,800 under the Environmental Trust Fund for 10 projects in the Madawaska region in 2018-19.

“The Environmental Trust Fund is an important mechanism for New Brunswick community groups, organizations, municipalities and institutions to implement projects that produce tangible, measurable benefits to the environment,” said Economic Development Minister Francine Landry. “Your government is providing the necessary support for local projects that contribute to job creation and responsible and sustainable economic growth, all while making New Brunswick the best place to raise a family.”

Landry spoke on behalf of Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey.

The projects announced today are:

  • Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre: assessment of wetland ecosystemic systems of two designated watersheds – $20,000.
  • Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick: implementing a soil conservation awareness initiative – $20,000.
  • Northwest Regional Service Commission has two projects: disposal of household hazardous waste for $28,000 and northwestern strategy on climate change for $55,000.
  • Société d'aménagement de la rivière Madawaska has two projects: improvement and conservation of natural resources in the Madawaska River watershed for $30,000 and development of the Madawaska River watershed action plan for $20,000.
  • École Notre-Dame environment committee: outdoor classroom at École Notre-Dame in Edmundston – $7,800.
  • Comité de l'aménagement rural du Nord-Ouest has three projects: identification and restoration of pollution sources in Iroquois River and Blanchette Creek for $20,000; management of contamination sources of Rivière à la truite and Trois-Milles Creek for $20,000 and restoration of sites and reduction of the proliferation risks of cyanobacteria for $20,000.

“The disposal of household hazardous waste project will divert about 30,000 to 35,000 litres of household waste from the landfill and will ensure they will be processed in an environmentally friendly way,” said Jovanie Lagacé, education and communications co-ordinator at the Northwest Regional Service Commission.

The 2018-19 Environmental Trust Fund priority action areas are:

  • protecting the environment;
  • increasing environmental awareness;
  • managing waste;
  • addressing climate change; and
  • building sustainable communities.

The Environmental Trust Fund is investing about $8.4 million in environmental projects in 2018-19. This includes 227 community-based environmental initiatives worth more than $6.6 million, as well as almost $1.8 million in provincewide projects.

More information, including the list of approved projects and initiatives, is available on the Department of Environment and Local Government’s website.