The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are providing investments through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to help improve the quality of water, land, and air in communities across Alberta.

“Through the Green Municipal Fund we’re supporting municipalities in their efforts to lower emissions through projects like energy efficient retrofits, electric and hybrid electric transit pilots and efficiencies in wastewater treatment,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “By working together, we can create good jobs and grow the economy, protect the environment, and build cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Town of Crossfield will receive $363,950 to test whether Swirltex Lagoon Unit technology can eliminate the need for constructing additional lagoon cells at the town’s existing water treatment facility. This would meet the demand of a growing population and enhance water quality in the Nose Hill watershed.

Brazeau County will receive $260,880 for a pilot project to assess the use of constructed floating wetlands to treat municipal sewage in waste stabilization ponds and improve the quality of wastewater before it is discharged into the environment.

The City of Leduc will receive $135,690 to assess environmental site conditions and develop a risk management or remedial action plan for its Public Services Main Shop and Public Services Storage Yard. Previous studies identified high chloride concentration and the presence of a chloride plume originating from the study area and migrating into nearby Telford Lake.

The City of Brooks will receive $82,000 in funding to undertake a feasibility study to determine whether significant capital and operating cost savings can be achieved through the design of an innovative wetland-based wastewater treatment system.  This would address the insufficient storage capacity of the current wastewater lagoons that are also in breach of provincial regulatory requirements.

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The Town of High River will receive $35,150 to conduct a technical and financial feasibility study of constructing a pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Highwood River to enhance the community’s connectivity and activity.

Featured image: Nose Hill Creek watershed in Alberta.

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