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Hazardous waste pickup receives federal dollars


Rainy River First Nation’s household hazardous waste days have received $75,000 in funding from the Ministry of the Environment.

Indian Affairs and Northern Development minister Robert Nault, also MP for Kenora-Rainy River, revealed the funding at the band’s annual fish fry Friday.

The funding, acquired through Environment Canada’s EcoAction Program, will be used to set up two household hazardous waste days in Rainy River District.

Rainy River First Nation had applied for $100,000 in funding for the program, and has approached district municipalities for further financial support.

“We’ve approached a number of communities and asked them for funding and the Township of Emo was the first one to jump on board,” said Jennifer Mercer, co-ordinator of the band’s watershed program.

Some of the funding also will go towards stream rehabilitation and, in co-operation with district farmers, will be used to protect tributaries from cattle.

“We will set up fences, water pumps, and plant trees to control cattle access to our tributaries,” noted Mercer. “We will go out and pay for the fencing supplies and equipment, and the farmer has to do the installation.”

Some funding also will go to the band’s Adopt-A-River program, which involves groups, organizations, and individuals spending a day cleaning designated areas of the river’s shoreline followed by a barbecue. Anyone who wants to participate in the Adopt-A-River program can contact Mercer at 482-2479.

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