B.C.’s largest coastline cleanup gets major funding boost
Thanks to all involved in this daunting and very worthwhile project and special thanks to Adventure Tourism Coalition members who were principles that initiated and continue to push this clean-up process. Also, thanks to the BC Gov’t, particularly Minister Heyman of the MECCS for stepping up financially and in other ways, good stuff.
From the BC Gov’t news release, “The Province is helping protect and restore B.C.’s marine environment with further investment in the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund.
Projects funded through this program have removed derelict vessels and cleaned up marine debris from more than 4,600 kilometres of shoreline while creating more than 1,700 well-paying jobs.
“I am honoured to stand with First Nations and partner organizations who are taking a leadership role in cleaning up marine debris and plastic pollution. The Clean Coast, Clean Waters projects have and continue to help protect and restore the health of our marine ecosystems. All British Columbians deserve access to a healthy environment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “As part of our government’s broader CleanBC Plastics Action Plan to reduce plastic waste and pollution, these projects are protecting our coastlines for the benefit of our communities now and for the future.
An additional $25 million in one-time funding will more than double the B.C. government’s investment in the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund, for a total of approximately $50 million. The Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative will receive $4 million, bringing its total funding to $7.5 million since 2020. The remaining $21 million will be awarded to successful funding applicants through a merit-based assessment process, administered by PwC Canada.”
For the full news release, visit BC’s Coastal Clean-Up.