10 Miramichi-area projects supported with Environmental Trust Fund investments (09/07/16)
July 16, 2009
MIRAMCHI (CNB) - More than $271,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) is being invested this year in 10 projects that will be environmentally beneficial to the
Miramichi region, Environment Minister T.J. Burke announced today.
"These ETF investments in the Miramichi region demonstrate our government's strong commitment to promoting environmental sustainability and environmental stewardship in
New Brunswick," said Burke. "To achieve self-sufficiency by 2026, New Brunswick must be proactive in fostering environmental sustainability so that our communities will
continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents, and be drivers of economic growth."
Each year the ETF provides significant support to community-based initiatives to restore, improve, preserve and protect air, land and water resources in New Brunswick.
The department announced in April 2009 that almost $4 million from the ETF would be invested in 167 environmental projects throughout New Brunswick in 2009-10.
"Through the promotion of environmental stewardship, climate change, and capacity-building activities in all regions of New Brunswick, this year's projects will be effective in
helping our province reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, and achieve environmental sustainability," said Burke.
Revenue for the fund comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers in New Brunswick.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of projects in the Miramichi region to be supported with ETF investments. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs officer,
Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.
Projects supported with ETF investments
- The Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee is receiving $69,000 to continue to improve the environmental quality of the Miramichi River ecosystem.
- The Fredericton Area Watershed Association, in partnership with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Environment and Sustainable Development Research Centre; the City
of Fredericton; and Environment Canada, is receiving $39,000 to develop climate change adaptation strategies for several New Brunswick municipalities, including Miramichi.
- The Canadian Rivers Institute is receiving $20,000 for a project that will use the Miramichi River watershed as a study area to predict how land-use activities can affect river
temperatures. Models of global climate change to predict areas of concern for New Brunswick watersheds will be applied. This information will be used to develop sustainable
land-use plans. The Canadian Rivers Institute is also receiving $25,000 to identify and measure the sources of energy (carbon and nitrogen) that maintain the food web structure
and productivity in various headwater lakes, including lakes in the Miramichi area.
- The Comité Sauvons nos rivières Neguac is receiving $10,000 to educate schoolchildren about ways to address climate change, and $10,000 to undertake activities to help restore
the water quality of Rivière des Caches.
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada is receiving $20,000 to identify and secure significant natural areas for the educational and environmental benefit of New Brunswick
residents. Two points of interest in the Miramichi region are coastal areas and dunes near Tabusintac and Neguac.
- The Tabusintac Watershed Association is receiving $25,000 to conduct an inventory of freshwater mussels in tributaries of the Tabusintac River as a means of establishing
aquatic health, and to compare with existing inventories from other organizations.
- The Partenariat gestion intégrée du bassin versant baie de Caraquet is receiving $30,000 to co-ordinate a beach sweep campaign for coastal areas from Dalhousie to
- The Mawiw Council of First Nations will receive $23,000 to implement a project to help preserve the knowledge and uses of traditional medicine plants that grow along the
Tobique, St. John, Richibucto and Tabusintac rivers. Field work will take place in several First Nations communities, including Burnt Church.