SHIPPAGAN (GNB) – The provincial government is providing $770,000 under the Environmental Trust Fund for 27 projects in the Acadia Peninsula 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 Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Wilfred Roussel. “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.”

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

Receiving funding are:

  • Partenariat pour la gestion intégrée du bassin versant de la baie de Caraquet, which has three projects: Beach sweep for $30,000; environmental awareness and education for $25,000; and special project for the Bay of Saint-Simon North for $15,000.
  • Village of Bas-Caraquet: action plan to minimize flood risks and erosion for Bas-Caraquet for $35,000.
  • Acadian Peninsula Regional Service Commission has two projects: domestic waste management targeted awareness campaign for $40,000; and erosion and flood risk analysis for the Neguac-Tabusintac area for $40,000.
  • Town of Caraquet: Managing our Waste Properly for $10,000.
  • L’APOMME: analysis and development of a model for reducing food waste in the Acadian Peninsula for $19,000.
  • Marché régional de Caraquet: Virage Vert at the Caraquet regional market for $30,000.
  • Comité de gestion environnementale de la rivière Pokemouche: water quality improvement in the Pokemouche watershed for $40,000.
  • Fondation communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne: Different Conception of the Acadian Peninsula for $55,000; and Écofestival for the Acadian Peninsula for $25,000.
  • Shippagan campus of the Université de Moncton has three projects: new method for monitoring erosion for $6,000; study of the vulnerability of bivalves to ocean acidification for $20,000; effects of protective structures on the coastline of the Chaleur region for $20,000.
  • Coastal Zones Research Institute has two projects: communication, education and awareness program on adaptation to climate change for $50,000; helping the communities of the Acadian Peninsula - “Adaptation PA” for $20,000.
  • Town of Shippagan: action plan to minimize flood risks and erosion for $38,000.
  • Village of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Raphaël: action plan to minimize flood risks and erosion for $30,000.
  • Coalition pour la viabilité de l’environnement de Shippagan et des îles Lamèque et Miscou: promoting ecological thinking and sustainable development in rural areas for $40,000.
  • Town of Lamèque has two projects: du Rivage Street littoral study for $20,000; algae cleanup for $40,000.
  • Union Aquaculture Fishermen in Eastern: cleanup of the Tabusintac Bay Estuary for $15,000.
  • Association du bassin versants de la Grande et de la Petite rivière Tracadie has two projects: inventory and improvement of the banks of the Big Tracadie River for $35,000; ecological improvement of fish habitat in Leech Brook and tributary for $10,000.
  • Nature NB – Espèces en péril: protection of the piping plover and coastal habitat of the Acadian Peninsula for $12,000.
  • Regional Municipality of Tracadie: climate change adaptation plan for $40,000.
  • Parents committee at École Le Tremplin: YouTube channel on eco-education for $35,000.

“The Environmental Trust Fund has been a very important financial partner for our organization since its creation,” said Jean-Luc Boudreau, executive director of the Comité de gestion environnementale de la rivière Pokemouche. “The funding will enable us to implement the objectives of our 2018-23 strategic plan while protecting the water quality of our watershed for future generations.”

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.