The City of Charlottetown has received a $5,000 Community Action Grant from the RBC Blue Water Project. The grant will go towards monitoring and reducing run-off and siltation at Andrew’s Pond, located in the Wright’s Creek watershed.
The RBC Blue Water Project is a $50-million charitable commitment to support organizations that are working to protect water in our growing towns and cities.
"We are grateful for the generosity of RBC in providing the City and our community partner, the Wright’s Creek Environmental Committee with this grant," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Community-based watershed groups make such an impact in the natural environment on PEI and this money will go a long way in helping us work towards our collective goals of protecting our City’s waterways."
In addition to the $5,000, RBC employees will be volunteering at an upcoming tree planting event as part of the Charlottetown 250 Week Celebrations (www.charlottetown.ca/Charlottetown250week.php). The volunteers will be planting trees in Connaught Square as part of the Dutch elm disease replanting efforts. Because RBC has chosen to participate in this event, they will be providing the City an additional $1,000 towards the Andrew’s Pond project.
"Being involved in the Blue Water Project is a rewarding experience for us as RBC employees," said Mary MacInnis, Branch Manager for the RBC Queen Street branch. "It is great to have the opportunity to give back and to get involved in some of the environmental projects on the go in the City."
Councillor Bob Doiron, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability committee, also extends his thanks to RBC. The funding being provided supports a project that ties in with the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP).
"Our 250 Week Community Tree Planting event and our work with the Wright’s Creek Environmental Committee to improve conditions at Andrew’s Pond align with the environmental pillar of the ICSP and our goal to improve our water resource management," Councillor Doiron said. "The RBC Blue Water Project allows us to effectively move forward with our partners on that goal. We very much appreciate the opportunity RBC has created by providing this funding."
For more information on RBC Blue Water Project http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/environment/rbc-blue-water/about/index.html
From left to right: Mary MacInnis, Branch Manager for the RBC Queen Street branch; Ramona Doyle, City of Charlottetown Sustainability Coordinator; John Andrew, Wright’s Creek Watershed Association; Councillor Jason Coady, Vice-Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee; and Jason Ahern, Branch Manager for the RBC University Avenue branch.
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