Two projects undertaken by Kawartha Conservation have received over $100,150 in federal funding to better plan for and protect against the effects of flooding.

Kawartha Conservation is leading delivery of these two projects that will contribute to updating and establishing floodplain mapping in the Fenelon Falls South and McLaren’s Creek areas. The maps will help protect these communities from flooding events and will guide future land use decisions. The City of Kawartha Lakes has contributed $87,086 for these projects.

“As the frequency and intensity of severe weather events continue to grow, updating and establishing floodplain mapping is critical to the safety of people and property,” said Mark Majchrowski, chief administrative officer of Kawartha Conservation Authority. “These two projects continue to better position Kawartha Conservation and the City of Kawartha Lakes to provide added surety in protecting people and their property from flooding events, and will be used in our planning and permitting activity.”

Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and minister of international development, announced to the funding, which is being provided to the Province of Ontario through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.

“Canadians are increasingly experiencing the costly effects of climate change through extreme weather events,” said Monsef. “We need to act purposefully and responsibly to prepare our communities with the supports needed to mitigate this damage. Investing in climate resilience infrastructure is part of our climate plan and part of our plan to grow our economy. Today’s announcement will provide Kawartha Conservation with some of the tools required to protect communities in our region from flooding.”

See also  Funding to help mitigate flood risk and support municipal infrastructure in N.S.

Through the recently released Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, the Government of Canada is committed to working with provincial and territorial partners to better identify, plan for and reduce the impact of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters on Canadians.

“Keeping the people of Ontario safe is a priority our government takes seriously,” said Steve Clark, Ontario minister of municipal affairs and housing. “Flood mitigation projects play an important role in protecting communities and reducing damage caused by extreme weather events. We are pleased to help Kawartha Conservation access funds through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.”

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