Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale presented the Council of the Federation’s first Excellence in Water Stewardship Award to Atlantic Coastal Action Plan Humber Arm on September 12. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, leadership, and innovative practice in water stewardship. It will be presented annually to organizations, partnerships, businesses, institutions, and community groups nationwide as part of an initiative by Canada’s premiers to promote water conservation and protection.
“The Excellence in Water Stewardship Award is part of a wider strategy to improve stewardship of our water resources and foster best practices across Canada,” said Premier Dunderdale. “I am delighted that Atlantic Coastal Action Plan Humber Arm was chosen to receive this inaugural award of excellence.”
The non-profit organization is based in Corner Brook, and focuses on marine water quality, water conservation, environmental education, knowledge sharing, and partnership development. They have implemented a number of hands-on education programs for youth, and promoted partnership between municipalities, government, industry, and other stakeholders.
“While we don’t undertake this work to be recognized, we are honoured to receive this award from the Council of the Federation, and from the Premier personally,” said Cecil Lake, chair of the organization’s board. “We will continue our efforts to educate and share our knowledge with others when it comes to water quality and water conservation.”