Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris highlighted the Federal Government's National Wetland Conservation Fund and encourages municipalities, post-secondary institutions and stakeholders to apply for funding. For projects beginning after April 1, 2015, the deadline to submit an application is November 21, 2014.
"The significance of wetlands to our ecosystems is increasingly being acknowledged by scientists and public policy experts," said Maguire. "They serve as a water filtration system and improve our water quality. They can also act as a reservoir to help control and reduce flooding through water storage and retention."
The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports projects that: restore degraded or lost wetlands; enhance degraded wetlands; scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them; and, encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation by a wide variety of partners to build support for future wetland conservation and restoration activities.
Activities eligible for funding:
- Wetland restoration: the manipulation of the physical and/or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning natural/historic ecological goods and services to a former habitat.
- Wetland enhancement: the manipulation of the physical and/or biological characteristics of a habitat site, usually to address human caused impacts.
- Wetland science: assessing, monitoring and prioritization of wetlands for restoration, enhancement. As well as biophysical inventory/monitoring of restored/enhanced wetlands to assess ecological benefits of conservation actions.
Funding is variable and depends on the project. Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000, with a maximum amount available of $500,000 per year per project.