June 6, 2005

Governments to provide $110M to clean up Saint Charles River

QUEBEC CITY, QUE-The governments of Canada and Quebec, along with the city of Quebec, will together invest up to $110 million to clean up the Saint Charles River and rehabilitate its riverbanks. The main component of the cleanup will involve the construction of retention basins which will help reduce stormwater overflows. These basins will hold excess stormwater runoff and redirect it to water treatment facilities when their treatment capacity permits. The federal and Quebec governments have signed an agreement in principle confirming their commitment to provide approximately $73 million from the Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund. Quebec City will contribute one-third of the cost to support this priority.

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