Government of Canada Takes Action to Clean-Up the Niagara River
Nicholson, Allison and Dykstra deliver for Niagara Region
FORT ERIE, ON -- April 23, 2008 -- The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, and Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.9 million to clean up the Niagara River. The announcement is further evidence of the action the Government is taking to clean up the Great Lakes.
"Our Government understands that Canadians want to see real progress in restoring the Great Lakes,“ said Minister Nicholson. “For too long, environmental hot spots in the Great Lakes like the Niagara River have been waiting for action. That day of action is here. The clean up of the Niagara River is essential to the economy, the health and the well-being of residents of the Niagara area, and is further proof that cleaning up Canadian waters is a priority for this Government.”
Consultations with the local communities are already underway to explore clean-up options for the Niagara River. This could include excavation, infilling, restoration of wetlands or monitored natural recovery. The clean-up project will begin in 2009 and be completed by 2012.
“By taking action to clean up the contaminated sediment, our Government is taking a major step forward towards addressing local water quality issues,” said Mr. Allison. “Together with our project stakeholders, we are working toward ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for the nearly half-million citizens in the Niagara Region who rely on the river for drinking water.”
This major investment to clean up the Niagara River is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water. Recently, the Government has also taken action to protect water quality, including tough new regulations against the dumping of raw sewage and improving raw sewage treatment in municipalities and first nation communities across Canada. These measures will help filter out substances like phosphates, which can lead to excessive blue-green algae production.
“Our Government is committed to clean water and to delivering results for Canadians," added Mr. Dykstra. “The work being taken to improve the Niagara River will produce not only a cleaner environment, but will also increase recreational values of the local fishery.”
Cleaning up the Niagara River - Part of the Government of Canada’s Action Plan on Clean Water [Backgrounder, 2008-04-23]
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Office of the Minister of the Environment
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