Government of Canada and FCM help the Powell River Regional District plan redevelopment of old incinerator and waste transfer site (14/05/2015)
Part of old incinerator on the Powell River RD's Marine Avenue brownfield site
Powell River, BC — John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $116,392 for the Powell River Regional District. The Regional District put the funding towards a study of the Marine Avenue brownfield, including options for its remediation.
"Our Government 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 Weston. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the Powell River Regional District build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The Powell River Regional District will test the soils at a former incinerator and waste transfer site for contamination. The testing will determine, among other things, the feasibility of using plants to treat contaminated soils through a process called phytoremediation. Based on the findings, the Regional District will develop a remediation plan to redevelop the site in an effort to promote economic opportunity and restore the natural environment. Site redevelopment could include a one-stop centre to facilitate the re-use, re-purposing or recycling of goods, as well as the composting of organic waste.
Results of the study will eventually be shared at a public meeting, with the City of Powell River, and on the Regional District's website.
"The Powell River Regional District greatly appreciates the support demonstrated by both the federal government and FCM", said Board Chair Patrick Brabazon. "It is investments like these through grant funding that enables local governments like ours to meet and beat the sustainability challenges of the day."
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.