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Moncton Wins National Municipal Environmental Award

June 1, 2016 

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Moncton, NB has received national recognition for its Naturalized Stormwater Management Guidelines from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The City was presented with the 2016 CAMA Environmental Award, in the 20,001 to 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Winnipeg, MB.  Ravenhill Group Inc. is the sponsor for the awards.

The guidelines have the overall goal and objective of developing sustainable stormwater management approaches that simulate the natural environment, serve as an amenity to the community and function efficiently with relatively little maintenance.  

 “The City of Moncton is honoured to receive this national recognition of our efforts,” said Jacques Dubé, City Manager, on hand to accept the award. “We look forward to piloting this new approach to managing our stormwater; the first project is a naturalized wet pond in the Fairview Knoll Park, which we hope to construct this summer, pending Council approval.”

Part of the implementation plan identified in the City of Moncton Climate Change Adaptation and Flood Management Strategy (2013) included the need to establish best practices, guidelines and standards for naturalized approaches to stormwater management.

The strategy establishes practices, guidelines and standards for naturalized approaches to stormwater management, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach from a broad range of fields.  These standards have been adapted to reflect Moncton’s context, in regards to existing standards, local soil types, climate and environmental characteristics.
These guidelines, for new communities and developments, strive to:

Minimize the threat of flooding by simulating pre-development responses to storms as outlined in the City of Moncton Design Criteria Manual for Municipal Services;
Protect receiving water bodies and surrounding wetlands from deterioration in water quality, and prevent erosion or sedimentation of natural wetlands or rivers;
Develop sustainable integrated stormwater systems; and
Enhance and beautify public spaces.

The newly implemented guidelines, unanimously adopted by City Council in February 2016, will help the City of Moncton create a highly desirable and sustainable city that encourages economic prosperity and quality of life while incorporating approaches that support environmental responsibility.

 “A total of 41 submissions from all across the country were received for this year’s CAMA awards program,” said Marc Landry, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, as well as the CAMA Representative for Alberta & Northwest Territories and Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Beaumont, AB.  

The entire Committee was very impressed by the exciting projects that are being done by communities of all sizes.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who took the time to submit projects for consideration.”
Don MacLellan, the City of Moncton’s General Manager of Community Safety Services, is the outgoing president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators.

CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment.   Since Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.  

About CAMA:
A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 500 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.  www.camacam.ca 

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Media Contacts: 
CAMA:  Alycia Bartlett, CAMA Communications, 506-470-4863 (cell), admin@camacam.ca 
Moncton:  Nicole Melanson, Manager, Communications and Bilingual Services, 506-383-6214, nicole.melanson@moncton.ca