Government of Canada and FCM support Wheatland County’s feasibility study and development of a wastewater reclamation system for agricultural diversification (18/02/2015)
Wheatland County, AB — The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Member of Parliament for Crowfoot and Minister of State (Finance), and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, NB, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant of $84,250 for Wheatland County. With this funding, Sustainability Resources Ltd. will assess the feasibility of a wastewater treatment and reuse system to support agribusiness growth in a region facing limited fresh water resources for economic development.
"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 Minister Sorenson. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like Wheatland County 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 study will examine the regulatory issues and the technical and financial viability of wastewater and effluent treatment for irrigation and greenhouse use in several Wheatland County townships. A water reclamation system would provide better quality effluent, a more secure water supply, more efficient water treatment, reduced runoff, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and healthier ecosystems.
The County and Sustainability Resources will share the findings and lessons learned with communities facing similar challenges.
"This is an important opportunity to explore solutions for small rural communities seeking to accelerate economic development and address infrastructure challenges," said Wheatland Reeve Glenn Koester. "We are thrilled to have the support of FCM and Sustainability Resources for this project."
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.