Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fed Gov't News 

Floodplain Money

Strahl reels in $46K for riparian, salmon stream work

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl


ark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack Fraser Canyon announced funding of $46,650 for Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition for the restoration of the Hopedale Floodplain.


The local project is among 85 projects under the EcoAction Community Funding Program announced by Minister of Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq.


"By partnering with local stakeholders like the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, our Government is making a real difference in the restoration of important salmon habitat," said Strahl.

The restoration of the Hopedale Floodplain includes: the creation and enhancement of off-channel salmon spawning and rearing habitats, increasing diversity, planting and re-watering the riparian area, and establishing trails and interpretive signage.

The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports the key priorities of the National Conservation Plan (NCP), which was recently launched by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The NCP will provide a shared and coherent vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. It will enable Canadians across the country to conserve and restore lands and waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural spaces.

The Conservative Government recognizes the integral role that the non-profit community groups and organizations play in helping support conservation efforts across the country. The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports projects that engage Canadians to rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future protection.

"Our Government's EcoAction Program supports real, tangible, local action to help Canadian families enjoy a clean and healthy environment. These projects will support the key pillars of our new National Conservation Plan, by conserving and restoring our lands and water and protecting Canada's rich natural heritage from coast to coast to coast," said Minister Aglukkaq.

Since 2006 EcoAction has approved $38,649,632 in funding for 1006 projects that engage Canadians in direct environmental activities. For more information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program please visit Environment Canada's website.


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