Government of Canada and FCM support Columbia-Shuswap Regional District’s Wastewater Studies for Scotch Creek and Sorrento Blind Bay (20/03/2014)
Salmon Arm, B.C. — Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, and Claude Dauphin, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of the Borough of Lachine, City of Montréal, Quebec, today announced two Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grants to the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. A grant of $55,000 will be applied to the Sorrento-Blind Bay community wastewater study, and a grant of $63,140 will support the Scotch Creek community sewer system study.
"The Government of Canada is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said MP Mayes. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District build a greener future for all of us."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Dauphin. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
Sorrento and Blind Bay, on the south shore of Shuswap Lake, have a combined population of less than 3,000 and no sewage treatment facility. On the opposite shore of Shuswap Lake is Scotch Creek, where the permanent population of 800 more than triples each summer.
Aging septic systems contribute effluent to an unconfined aquifer and the protection of Shuswap Lake water quality is a community priority. Community sewers are needed to reduce the impact of poorly performing septic tank systems, and to permit additional development and densification for commercial and social benefit.
The findings of the studies will guide the design of community wastewater treatment systems that will reduce ground and lake water contamination from untreated sewage, improve soil quality and encourage sustainable growth.
"These studies provide opportunities to advance community sewer systems within the financial constraints of the current economy, while being sustainable stewards of our environmental resources," said CSRD Chair David Raven.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.