August 17, 2017 – Nauwigewauk, NB
The Hammond River Angling Association has received $61,174 to fund their most recent environmental initiative.
The project at the Hammond River Angling Association is two-fold: its primary objective consists of enhancing the wetlands while also attempting to increase environmental stewardship within the Atlantic Maritime eco-zone. The wetland will be developed by re-vegetating the area, installing supportive infrastructure, and enhancing the 3 hectares of upland habitat. The stewardship component will be furthered by partnering with local landowners, industries, and developers to maintain and enhance the ecological area.
This funding will assist in specifically addressing the existing sedimentation problem in the area by filtering the overflow and reducing the amount of sediment entering the wetlands and surrounding Palmer Brook. This Conservation Fund will fund a one-year project to reduce the environmental impact of the surrounding gravel pit extraction site that has impacted the surrounding wildlife and 7.7 hectares of the French Village Marsh wetlands.
The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) was established to restore, enhance, scientifically assess, and encourage stewardship in and around wetlands. This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are provided with a unique opportunity to recognize the importance of our environment, including Canada’s wetlands. This funding is integral to supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment, specifically the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s, to preserving and promoting our ecological integrity.
Please visit the Hammond River Angling Association website for more information and updates as the project progresses.
“This investment at the Hammond River Angling Association demonstrates our commitment to addressing environmental issues in our area. Preserving, maintaining, and improving our environment, including wetlands, in Fundy Royal allows our communities to prosper. By providing the Hammond River Angling Association with funds to pursue this conservation project, we are protecting the environment, raising awareness, and empowering the students that are partaking in the initiative as well. I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this will have on communities in Fundy Royal.”Alaina LockhartMember of Parliament, Fundy Royal
“This is the first of many targeted projects intended to clean up Palmer Brook. Gravel extraction is an important industry in the area that often has negative impacts on water quality, primarily through sedimentation. This project will also help employ summer staff throughout the summer of 2017, giving them experience in wetland restoration and enhancement.”Lee RobinsonExecutive Director, Hammond River Angling Association
- Wetlands cover approximately 14% of the land in Canada.
- Budget 2017 earmarks up to $70.5 million over five years to Environment and Climate Change Canada to better protect Canada’s freshwater resources. This investment will reduce the release of toxic chemicals into our waterways to improve water quality, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
- The Hammond River Angling Association’s (HRAA) mandate is to protect and preserve the Hammond River watershed through education, conservation and community interaction. Amongst these initiatives are wetland conservation projects, summer camps, salmon spawning assessments, and tree planting for bank stabilization.
- The Hammond River Angling Association was formally established in the late 1990’s and has expanded to over 225 members.