24 Saint John-area projects supported by Environmental Trust Fund (09/08/18)
Aug. 18, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - An investment of $574,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) will be
made in 24 environmentally friendly projects beneficial to the Saint John region, Environment Minister
Rick Miles announced today.
"Our government is strongly commitment to promoting environmental sustainability and environmental
stewardship in New Brunswick, and these ETF investments are a testament to that fact," said Miles. "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 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 Miles.
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 Saint John region to be supported with ETF
investments. MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment,
Projects supported with ETF investments
- The New Brunswick Museum is receiving $35,000 to input archived wetland insect information into a
- The Atlantic Coastal Action Program of Saint John is receiving $10,000 to expand its database of
biological, physical, social and economic characteristics of wetlands within the greater Saint John area;
$20,000 to continue its community clean-up initiative; $20,000 to expand an environmental outreach
and engagement program; and $39,000 to develop a plan for the restoration of Marsh Creek's
- The Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is receiving $54,000 for its Waste Reduction in Schools
- The City of Saint John Environmental Committee is receiving $20,000 to develop a plan to address
sustainability planning for city services.
- The Town of Grand Bay-Westfield is receiving $10,000 to plant native trees and shrubs along the
shoreline of Henderson Brook to stabilize the slope and prevent erosion; and $2,500 to install
interpretive panels to illustrate the benefits of wetlands and the variety of wildlife supported by
wetlands through a partnership with the New Brunswick Museum and Ducks Unlimited.
- The ONE Change Inc. is receiving $13,000 to educate youth in the Old North End neighbourhood in
Saint John about the importance of maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment.
- The University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus, and the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) are
receiving $6,000 for a project that will synthesize data from previous studies done by the CRI and the
provincial government to understand better spatial variability in fish mercury concentrations in the
province's streams and lakes. CRI is also receiving $25,000 to produce a State of the Environment
report for the St. John River.
- The Belleisle Home and School Association is receiving $2,500 to expand its battery recycling
- The Fredericton Area Watershed Association - in partnership with the University of New Brunswick
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 Saint John.
- The New Brunswick Environmental Network is receiving $50,000 for a project that will enable
communities to come together and develop positions on environmental issues and promote new ideas
and solutions. The network is also receiving $30,000 for a project that will create opportunities for
youth and communities across the province to take action on climate change.
- The Kings County Solid Waste Commission is receiving $33,000 to develop a website and school
outreach program to expand education programs on environmental issues.
- The Hammond River Angling Association is receiving $40,000 to implement action plans resulting
from 2007 monitoring which will improve water quality and habitat conditions in the various tributaries
within the Hammond River watershed. The Hammond River Angling Association is also receiving
$25,000 to deliver interactive curriculum-based environmental education through the Discovering
Watershed Ecosystems program, which aims to increase environmental stewardship in youth.
- The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee is receiving $10,000 to update its website with
the latest water classification information and to continue its education program in local schools; and
$40,000 to work toward the restoration of the Kennebecasis River.
- The Fundy Biosphere Reserve is receiving $20,000 for a sustainable-tourism workshop and $10,000 for
the development of a natural resource atlas.
- The Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre is receiving $20,000 to conduct rare plant surveys of
shorelines habitat in various areas of the province, including the Dipper Harbour area.