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News Release

Government of Canada Supports Water Quality Monitoring Program in Annapolis River

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. – October 18, 2013 – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced $45,000 in funding to the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) from the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives. This will be used for a suite of monitoring projects in the Annapolis River watershed to assess water quality and ecosystem health.

“Offering support to the Clean Annapolis River Project demonstrates our Government’s commitment to protecting water quality and ecosystem health,” said MP Kerr. “By partnering with this group, the Government of Canada is helping community members get involved in protecting their water resources. CARP’s flagship initiative, the River Guardians program, engages local volunteers to identify and address pollution sources in the Annapolis River.”

This investment is part of Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives funding, which helps organizations take action for the long-term sustainability of local watersheds and adjacent coastal areas. Canadians are encouraged to consider environmental impacts in all decisions and to incorporate environmentally friendly behaviours into their daily lives. Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives funding addresses these issues and supports projects which deliver concrete results, where it truly matters for Canadians.

The Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives funds projects that address nearshore water quality, habitat and biodiversity loss or impacts of climate change.

Visit the Environment Canada website for more information on the Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Kennedy
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
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